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Shana Cooperstein, Ph.D.

Shana Cooperstein standing in front of colorful wall
Assistant Professor 
Visual Arts and Humanities 
School of Liberal Arts 


Doctor of Philosophy 
Art History 
McGill University 

Master of Arts 
Art History, Criticism and Conservation 
Temple University 

Bachelor of Philosophy 
Art History, Criticism and Conservation; French Language and Literature 
University of Pittsburgh 

A Little More 

Shana Cooperstein, assistant professor of art history, specializes in the art of the 19th century, particularly the material practices of artistic production, representational theory and the history of scientific imaging.  

As demonstrated by her publications in Leonardo, Nineteenth-Century Art Worldwide and Grey Room, among others, her interdisciplinary scholarship is motivated by unresolved questions about the role of human sense perception in the development of art-making strategies. “Habit’s Demise: Drawing Pedagogy in Modern France," a book manuscript she is developing from her doctoral research, examines schematization, the education of the eye and other problems central to the history of art instruction in the modern era. 

Cooperstein joined AACC's faculty in 2021 after holding teaching positions at the University of Chicago, Villanova University, Community College of Philadelphia and McGill University. Her research has been supported by The Osler Library of the History of Medicine, the Institut Français d’Amérique, Media@McGill, The Wolfe Chair Graduate Fellowship in Scientific and Technological Literacy and The Max Stern Museum Fellowship. 


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