Allison Leigh is an Assistant Professor of Art History and the SLEMCO/LEQSF Regents Endowed Professor in Art & Architecture at the University of Louisiana at Lafayette. She is a specialist in European and Russian art of the eighteenth, nineteenth, and early twentieth centuries and her first book, Picturing Russia’s Men: Masculinity and Modernity in 19th-Century Painting, is forthcoming from Bloomsbury Press in 2020.
Dr. Leigh received a B.A. in Art History from American University in Washington D.C. and completed a Ph.D. in Art History at Rutgers University, where she also served as a Curatorial Fellow in the Department of Russian and Soviet Art at the Zimmerli Art Museum. She has curated several exhibitions and published on topics ranging from the hybrid nature of 18th-century Russian portraiture to the prescriptions for male behavior in the 1840s and the state of exhibitionary opportunities for contemporary women artists.
Her primary research interests include the development of new art historical methodologies, masculinity studies, the history and historiography of modernism, and the philosophy of art and aesthetics in the modern era. A recipient of numerous grants and fellowships, she formerly taught in the Department of Art History at Rutgers University and as a Postdoctoral Fellow in the Faculty of Humanities and Social Sciences at the Cooper Union for the Advancement of Science and Art in New York City.