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Erin Duncan-O'Neill

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Erin Duncan-O'Neill, Ph.D

Art History


Erin Duncan-O’Neill is an Assistant Professor specializing in 19-century European art, with a focus on the art and visual culture of France from the July Monarchy to the Paris Commune. She is particularly interested in politics and censorship in art, media studies, and philosophies of labor and identity. Professor Duncan-O’Neill earned her Ph.D. at Princeton University in 2016. Her dissertation and current book project, Media and the Politics of Satire in the Art of Honoré Daumier, expands the literature on this important French political caricaturist to investigate Daumier’s experimental translations of a motif in multiple media. This project examines the artist’s engagement with audience, satire, and celebrity culture as well as his representations of artists’ ateliers, theatrical performances, and scenes from the literary past.

Professor Duncan-O’Neill received her B.A. in Art History from the University of California, Berkeley. Before starting her graduate work at Princeton, she served in the national teaching corps, Teach For America, and earned a Master’s in Education at Arizona State University. She has taught at Princeton, Muhlenberg College, and has been published in the Journal of the History of Ideas. She teaches on a broad range of topics in modern European art, spanning from Neoclassicism to the Second World War. These courses include Cézanne to 1950, sspecial topics courses in the 19th century, and tend to focus on art’s intersection with politics, representations of shifting social orders, and the explosion of new image-making technologies.