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Dr. Kristine Stiles


Dr. Kristine  Stiles

Kristine Stiles is professor of Art, Art History & Visual Studies at Duke University. She is a specialist in contemporary art and theory, and internationally recognized for her scholarship on performance art, and destruction, violence, and trauma in art. She is the recipient of numerous fellowships, including a J. William Fulbright to Romania and a John Simon Guggenheim for her work on documentary photography of the nuclear age. She has published widely in international art journals, as well as taught and lectured internationally on the subject of “cultures of trauma,” the term she coined in 1993 to theorize visual representations of trauma in art, literature, film, and society. Stiles is co-editor with Peter Selz of Theories and Documents of Contemporary Art: A Sourcebook of Artists’ Writings (1996),reissued in 2010 in a revised, expanded 2nd edition for which Stiles is the sole editor. Stiles’ books include: Concerning Consequences of Trauma in Art and Culture (University of Chicago Press, 2010); Correspondence Course: An Epistolary History of Carolee Schneemann and her Circle (Duke University Press 2010); Uncorrupted Joy:  Art Actions, History, and Social Value. University of California Press, 2011; and World Art Since 1945 (co-authored with Kathy O’Dell, Laurence King Publishers 2012). Stiles is also an artist and equestrian.