Jackson Davidow

I research transnational histories of modern and contemporary art and visual culture, with a focus on politics, sexuality, science, health, and globalization. Essential to my scholarship is an investigation into art as a vehicle for activism, therapy, and theory during the twentieth century. My work combines close historical and visual analysis with theoretical approaches derived from queer, feminist, postcolonial, and disability studies.

In the past year, I have been a Junior Fellow at the Paul Mellon Centre for Studies in British Art, the Howard Tanenbaum Fellow at the Ryerson Image Centre, and the Photographic Arts Council—Los Angeles Research Fellow at the Center for Creative Photography. I co-organized Future Genders, the Max Wasserman Forum on Contemporary Art at the MIT List Visual Arts Center.

I am currently a Lecturer at the Rhode Island School of Design. I recently completed my Ph.D. in the History, Theory, and Criticism of Art and Architecture program at MIT, with a dissertation titled “Viral Visions: Art, Activism, and Epidemiology in the Global AIDS Pandemic.”