Susan Libby is a Professor of Art History and has been at Rollins since 1998. She received her Ph.D. in art history from the University of Maryland in 1996.
Since coming to Rollins, Dr. Libby has developed nearly 20 new courses, including inter-disciplinary, team-taught courses with faculty in other departments. Her regular teaching areas are European and American art from the 18th through the 20th centuries. Special topics include Picturing War, Rebel Artists, Impressionism and Post-Impressionism, Rococo to Revolution, Artists and Film, and Culture Wars: Ethics, Politics, and Aesthetics. She is working on developing study abroad courses that would expose students to the art and architecture of Paris and the south of France.
Her scholarship focuses on 18th- and 19th-century French art. Her most recent publications include “A man of nature, rescued by the wisdom and principles of the French Nation: Race, Ideology and the Return of the Everyday in Girodet's Portrait of Belley, in Performing the Everyday: The Culture of Genre in the Eighteenth Century, Alden Cavanaugh, ed., University of Delaware Press, 2007.
Dr. Libby is also interested in contemporary culture wars, focusing on media imagery of war and violence. On that topic, she has published “Culture/War: The Visual Politics of Representation in the Abu Ghraib Photographs,” International Journal of the Arts in Society, March 2007.
She is currently at work on two projects: a co-edited volume forthcoming with Ashgate Press titled “The Spectacle of Blackness: Representing Blacks and Blackness in European Art of the Long Nineteenth Century”, and a book-length project on the imagery of French slavery titled “Slavery, Liberty, Revolution: The Visual Culture of French Slavery, 1685-1794”.