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Dr. Allison Stagg



Scientific Career

Dr. Allison M. Stagg specializes in eighteenth- and nineteenth-century European and American art, with a focus on print culture and visual humor.  She studied at Mary Washington College in Virginia (BA) and at University College London in England (MA), where she also completed her Ph.D. in 2011 with a dissertation on early American political caricatures. In 2011-2012, she was the Jane and Morgan Whitney Fellow in the Department of Drawings and Prints at the Metropolitan Museum of Art in New York. Additional fellowships include the American Philosophical Society, the New-York Historical Society, the New York Public Library, the Lewis Walpole Library at Yale University, the Paul Mellon Centre for British Art, the National Portrait Gallery at the Smithsonian Museum of American Art, and the Gerda Henkel Stiftung, Germany. Dr. Stagg has previously worked at the British Museum and the National Portrait Gallery in London, and the National Gallery of Art in Washington, D.C., and has lectured in the United States and Europe on early American caricatures. Since October 2014, she holds an IPODI postdoctoral fellowship in the department of Art History at the Technische Universität Berlin.



Email: allison.stagg[at]tu-berlin.de




IPODI Research Project

Humor in History: Satirical narratives between Europe and America, 1790-1860

Duration: 6 October 2014 – 30 September 2016

Mentor: Prof. Dr. Bénédicte Savoy, Faculty I, Institut für Kunstwissenschaften und Historische Urbanistik, Kunstgeschichte

Abstract: This project considers the complex artistic relationships between European and American visual satirical print cultures in the late eighteenth and early nineteenth centuries.  Focusing on caricature production in European cities such as Paris, London, Rome, and Berlin, this study concentrates on issues of circulation, distribution and the transfer of textual and visual political humor.  Case studies will investigate specific caricatures published in Europe and follow their movement as they circulated to early America by examining a variety of archival documents, including letters, diaries, and period newspapers.  Additionally, this project will catalogue European caricatures that were available in America by tracking the movement of graphic satire, both in visual and textual form, from their place of production to other artistic centers in Europe before arriving in the United States.

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