Erin Reitz

Assistant Professor of Art + Art History

Erin Reitz (PhD, Northwestern University) specializes in the history and theory of cultures of political violence in the United States and greater African diaspora. Her research centers on the optics and technologies of colonialism and white supremacy and the counter-imaginaries and resistant media practices of grassroots social movements. She is currently revising a book manuscript on the militant image-making of the Black Panthers. 

Professor Reitz's work has been supported by the American Council of Learned Societies, the Whitney Independent Study Program, Northwestern University’s Paris Program in Critical Theory, Northwestern University’s Center for Interdisciplinary Research in the Arts, and, most recently, Brown University’s Pembroke Center, where she was a 2018-2019 Nancy L. Buc Postdoctoral Research Associate.

At the University of Illinois at Urbana-Champaign, she teaches courses in the art and visual culture of the United States since 1492, global contemporary art, and aesthetic and political theory, including:

  • ARTH 250: Introduction to American Art
  • ARTH 299: Contemporary Art
  • ARTH 491: Institutional Critique
  • ARTH 550: The Decolonial Turn

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