Priscilla Paine Van der Poel Professor of Art
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Dana Leibsohn earned her B.A. from Bryn Mawr College with a major in Anthropology. For her M.A. (University of Colorado) and her Ph.D. (UCLA), she turned to Art History. Her research addresses both indigenous visual culture in colonial Latin America and trans-Pacific trade in the early modern period. She has published on indigenous maps and manuscripts, hybridity in colonial visual culture and the trade between China and Mexico.
Professor Leibsohn teaches courses on Latin American visual culture and histories of colonialism and early modern exchange.
Currently she serves as Faculty Director of the Five Colleges Digital Humanities Project. Her early work in this vein includes, Vistas: Visual Culture in Spanish America, 1520-1820 (http://www.smith.edu/vistas). In 2012-2013, she is co-organizing a faculty research seminar, “From Hypercities to Big Data and #alt-ac: Debates in the Digital Humanities” at the Kahn Liberal Arts Institute (Smith College). Professor Leibsohn is also a member of the Editorial Boards of the Art Bulletin and the interdisciplinary journal, Colonial Latin American Review.