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Associate Professor, Art and Visual Culture, Iowa State University

Highlighting representations of disaster, death, illness, and scandal, Dr. Godbey’s work deals with photography, film, art, and popular culture approximately from the nineteenth century to the present. She has researched three-dimensional images of the U.S. Civil War dead, nudity during World Exhibitions, insane asylums, tourism related to sites of tragedy, and memorial photography. Additionally, she is interested in how this difficult content became the subject matter for visual entertainment commodities during the nineteenth century, a practice that continues into the present day.
She received her Ph.D. and M.A. in Art History from the University of Chicago, her M.F.A. from the Rhode Island School of Design, and her B.A. from Princeton University.


  • 2005–present
    Associate professor, Department of Art & Visual Culture, Iowa State University


    University of Chicago, Ph.D., Art History
    University of Chicago, MA, Art History
    Rhode Island School of Design, Master of Fine Arts, Photography
    Princeton University, BA, Comparative Literature


  • 2018
    “Trilby Goes Naked and Native on the Midway”, The Trans-Mississippi And International Expositions of 1898-1899: Art, Anthropology and Popular Culture at the Fin de Siècle
  • 2012
    “‘Terrible Fascination’: Civil War Stereographs of the Dead” , History of Photography, 36:3
  • 2011
    “Making Memories: Tragic Tourism’s Visual Traces” , Rhetoric, Remembrance, and Visual Form: Sighting Memory

Grants and Contracts

  • 2008
    National Endowment for the Humanities Chair
    Albright College
    Funding Source:
    National Endowment for the Humanities

Professional Memberships

  • College Art Association
  • Nineteenth Century Studies Association
  • American Studies Association


National Endowment for the Humanities Chair (Albright College)