PhD, Art History, Princeton University
Kimia Shahi is an art historian whose research explores intersections of visual culture and knowledge-production in relation to geography, empire, and environment in the nineteenth and twentieth-century United States.
Kimia received her AB in Art History, with a minor in Studio Art, from Dartmouth College, an MA in Art History from the Institute of Fine Arts at New York University, and she earned her PhD in Art History from Princeton University in 2021. Her current book project, which is based on her dissertation, examines how coastlines were pictured and mapped in the US in the mid-through-late nineteenth-century. Kimia has published her research in the journals American Art and ART PAPERS and was a contributor to Nature’s Nation: American Art and Environment, the first major museum exhibition to examine American art from an eco-critical perspective. She has held fellowships at the Center for Advanced Study in the Visual Arts, the Smithsonian American Art Museum, the Winterthur Museum, Garden, and Library, and the High Meadows Environmental Institute at Princeton. Following her fellowship with HUCE, Kimia will join the faculty of the University of Southern California as an assistant professor of art history.
As an Environmental Fellow, Kimia will work under the guidance of Robin Kelsey, Dean of Arts and Humanities and Professor in the Department of History of Art and Architecture, developing a new study of Documerica, a project overseen by the Environmental Protection Agency in the 1970s, whose aim was to photographically document the breadth, scale, and impacts of environmental change across the greater United States.
Host: Robin Kelsey, History of Art and Architecture