Jessica Landau

Jessica Landau
Assistant Instructional Professor
Pronouns: she/her/hers

Assistant Instructional Professor, Master of Arts Program in the Humanities, Department of Art History, The College

I received my PhD in Art History with a minor in Native American and Indigenous Studies from the University of Illinois at Urbana-Champaign. While trained as an art historian, I also consider myself an environmental humanist, as my research and teaching are often interdisciplinary and draw from art history, indigenous critical theory, museum studies, and environmental studies. I am a specialist in 19thand 20th century American art, particularly representations of North American megafauna and wilderness.  I look at diverse material culture, including painting, taxidermy, museum dioramas, photography, and more, to understand the ways in which these images rely on settler colonial and masculinist tropes that are still present in contemporary conservation discourse in the United States. Before joining MAPH, I taught at the University of Pittsburgh, National Louis University, and Eastern Illinois. I’ve also worked in multiple roles at several museums, including as an Assistant Curator at the Carnegie Museum of Natural History, Executive Director of the Midwest Museum of Natural History, and Associate Curator of the Brinton Museum in Big Horn, WY.

As a former college soccer player, I’m a huge English Premier League fan – especially West Ham United (Come on You Irons!). I also enjoy spending any time I can outdoors with my dogs, hiking, backpacking, biking, snowshoeing, and canoeing around the Midwest.