Dr Jennifer J Marshall

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Art History
Room 372 HellerH

271 19th Ave South

If you have a question for Dr. Marshall in her role as Director of Undergraduate Studies, you may also reach her at arthistdugs@umn.edu

Jennifer Marshall (Ph.D., UCLA, 2005) specializes in the art and visual/material culture of the United States (colonial period to 1960s). In her classes, Professor Marshall uses images as a fresh way to understand America’s complex cultural history. Courses include ArtH 3005 "American Art," ArtH 3577, "Photo Nation: Photography in America," ArtH 5565, "American Art of the Gilded Age," ArtH 5575, "Boom/Bust: American Art from the Roaring Twenties to the Great Depression," and graduate-level seminars. Professor Marshall’s research focuses on issues of materiality and modernity in early twentieth-century American art and aesthetics. In her first book, Machine Art, 1934 (University of Chicago Press, 2012), she offers a critical history of the Museum of Modern Art’s landmark Machine Art show. An exhibit of airplane propellers, ball bearings, pots, pans, and Petri dishes, Machine Art offered Depression-era Americans a concrete way of coming to terms with modern abstract value. (This book was awarded the Dedalus Foundation's 2013 Robert Motherwell Book Award.) Professor Marshall’s other publications include, “Toward Phenomenology: A Material Culture Studies Approach to Landscape Theory“ (Landscape Theory, eds. James Elkins and Rachel Ziady DeLue, Routledge, 2007), “Clean Cuts: Procter & Gamble’s Depression-Era Soap-Carving Contests“ (Winterthur Portfolio, Spring 2008), “In Form We Trust: Neoplatonism: the Gold Standard, and the Museum of Modern Art’s Machine Art Show“ (Art Bulletin, December 2008). Prior to joining the Art History Department at the University of Minnesota, Professor Marshall served as Acting Assistant Professor of American Art History at Stanford University (2006-08), and held a Postdoctoral Fellowship at the American Academy of Arts and Sciences, in Cambridge, Massachusetts (2005-06).

Educational Background & Specialties

Educational Background

  • Ph.D.: Art History, UCLA, 2005.


  • Art and Visual/Material Culture of the United States
Courses Taught
  • ArtH 1907W, "The Harlem Renaissance: Visual Arts and Representations"
  • ArtH 3005, "American Art"
  • ArtH 3577, "Photo Nation: Photography in America"
  • ArtH 5565, "American Art of the Gilded Age: Or, an Exercise in History, Big and Small"
  • ArtH 5575, "Boom/ Bust: American Art from the Roaring Twenties to the Great Depression"
  • ArtH 8001, "Art History: Theory and Methods"
  • ArtH 8520, "Thing Theory: Theories and Methodologies"
  • McKnight Land-Grant Professorship, 2010 - 2012
  • National Endowment for the Humanities Grant, June 2015 - December 2015
  • John Tate Award for Excellence in Academic Advising, University of Minnesota, 2017