Collegiate Affiliation

Katerina Korola is an art historian and media scholar whose research and teaching explore the history of photography, cinema, and modern art in the nineteenth and early twentieth century, with an emphasis on the intersection of media and the environment in modern Germany. She is currently working on her first book, Picturing the Air: Photography and the Industrial Atmosphere, which tells a history of air pollution as a photographic problem. Other research interests include the visual culture of science (especially scientific photography and film), the history of botanical illustration and vegetal ornament, educational cinema of the silent period, and abstraction across media (especially the monochrome format).

Prior to joining the University of Minnesota, Katerina held appointments as a Humanities Teaching Fellow in Art History at the University of Chicago and Postdoctoral Fellow at the Mahindra Humanities Center at Harvard University. Her work has been supported by the Hanna Holborn Gray Dissertation Completion Fellowship, the Berlin Program for Advanced German and European Studies at the Freie Universität Berlin, the Deutsche Akademische Austauschdienst (DAAD), the Fonds de la recherche du Québec (FRQSC), and Social Science and Humanities Research Council of Canada (SSHRC), and has appeared in the Journal of Visual Culture, Representations, Photographica, and Transbordeur. In addition to her scholarly research, she is also interested in curatorial work, film programming, and critical making experiments.

Educational Background & Specialties
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Educational Background

  • PhD: Art History and Cinema & Media Studies, The University of Chicago, 2021
  • BFA: Art History and Film Studies, Concordia University, 2014


  • German Modernism
  • History of Photography
  • Early and Silent Cinema
  • Modern and Contemporary Art
  • Environmental Humanities