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Professor of Art History, Vanderbilt University

Vivien Green Fryd teaches American art from the colonial period to the present, methods in art history, American Studies, and Women and Gender Studies. Her latest book is "Against Our Will: Representing Sexual Trauma in American Art, 1970-2014."

She is also the author of "Art and Empire: The Politics of Ethnicity in the United States Capitol, 1815-1865" (Ohio University Press, 2001; reprint Yale University Press, 1992) and "Art and the Crisis of Marriage: Georgia O'Keeffe and Edward Hopper" (University of Chicago Press, 2003).

She has published articles in The Art Bulletin, The American Art Journal, The Winterthur Portfolio, American Art, the National Women's Studies Association Journal, Common-place: The Interactive Journal of Early American Life, Continuum, Traumatology, and other journals, and has essays in a number of edited books, including "Critical Issues in Public Art: Content, Context, and Controversy," ed. Harriet F. Senie and Sally Webster (HarperCollins, 1992), "Critical Issues in American Art," ed. Mary Ann Calo (Westivew Press, 1998), and "Reading Country Music: Steel Guitars, Opry Stars, and Honky-Tonk Bars," ed;. Cecelia Tichi (Duke University Press, 1998).

From 2008 to 2009, Prof. Fryd served as director of "Trauma Studies," a fellows' program at the Robert Penn Warren Center for the Humanities.


  • –present
    Professor of Art History, Vanderbilt University