Collegiate Affiliation

Katerina Korola is an art historian and media scholar whose research and teaching explore the history of photography, cinema, and modern art from the nineteenth century to the present, 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, ecocriticism and environmental art, 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 Harvard University. Her research has been supported by the Princeton Institute for Advanced Study, the Mahindra Humanities Center at Harvard University, 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 writing, she also engages 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 and Central European Modernism
  • Modern and Contemporary Art
  • History of Photography
  • Film History and Theory
  • Environmental Humanities