About Allison Leigh

Allison Leigh is an Assistant Professor of Art History and the SLEMCO/LEQSF Regents Endowed Professor in Art & Architecture at the University of Louisiana at Lafayette. She is a specialist in European and Russian art of the eighteenth, nineteenth, and early twentieth centuries and her first book, Picturing Russia’s Men: Masculinity and Modernity in 19th-Century Painting, is currently available from Bloomsbury Visual Arts. Dr. Leigh received a B.A. in Art History from American University in Washington D.C. and completed a Ph.D. in Art History at Rutgers University, where she also served as a Curatorial Fellow in the Department of Russian and Soviet Art at the Zimmerli Art Museum. She has curated several exhibitions and published on topics ranging from the hybrid nature of 18th-century Russian portraiture to the prescriptions for male behavior in the 1840s and the role of social media in contemporary art history classrooms. Her primary research interests include the development of new art historical methodologies, masculinity studies, the history and historiography of modernism, and the philosophy of art and aesthetics in the modern era. A recipient of numerous grants and fellowships, she formerly taught in the Department of Art History at Rutgers University and as a Postdoctoral Fellow in the Faculty of Humanities and Social Sciences at the Cooper Union for the Advancement of Science and Art in New York City.
Allison Leigh is an Assistant Professor of Art History and the SLEMCO/LEQSF Regents Endowed Professor in Art & Architecture at the University of Louisiana at Lafayette.
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NBN Episodes hosted by Allison:

American South August 21, 2020

Redefining the Immigrant South

Indian and Pakistani Immigration to Houston During the Cold War

Uzma Quraishi

Hosted by Allison Leigh
In Redefining the Immigrant South: Indian and Pakistani Immigration to Houston During the Cold War (University of North Carolina Press), Uzma Quraishi (Sam Houston State University) follows the Cold War-era journeys of South Asian international students from U.S. Information Service reading rooms in India and Pakistan, to the halls of the University of Houston, to the suburban subdivisions of Alief and Sugar Land. This student migration between 1960 and 198 …
Art July 31, 2020

Savage Tales

The Writings of Paul Gauguin

Linda Goddard

Hosted by Allison Leigh
In Savage Tales: The Writings of Paul Gauguin (Yale University Press, 2019), Linda Goddard investigates the role that Paul Gauguin’s writings played in his artistic practice and in his negotiation …
Art July 7, 2020

Michelangelo’s Inner Anatomies

Christian Kleinbub

Hosted by Allison Leigh
In Michelangelo’s Inner Anatomies (Penn State University Press), Christian Kleinbub challenges the notion that Michelangelo, renowned for his magnificent portrayals of the human body, was merely concerned with “superficial” anatomy—that …
American Studies June 8, 2020

Herbs and Roots

A History of Chinese Doctors in the American Medical Marketplace

Tamara Venit-Shelton

Hosted by Allison Leigh
The modern popularity of acupuncture and herbal medicine belies the long history of Chinese medicine in the U.S. In Herbs and Roots: A History of Chinese Doctors in the American …
American Studies May 14, 2020

One Mighty and Irresistible Tide

The Epic Struggle Over American Immigration, 1924–1965

Jia Lynn Yang

Hosted by Allison Leigh
In One Mighty and Irresistible Tide: The Epic Struggle Over American Immigration, 1924–1965 (W. W. Norton & Company, 2020), Jia Lynn Yang recounts the personalities and debates that brought about …
Art February 18, 2020

The Icon and the Square

Russian Modernism and the Russo-Byzantine Revival

Maria Taroutina

Hosted by Allison Leigh
In The Icon and the Square: Russian Modernism and the Russo-Byzantine Revival (Penn State University Press, 2018), Maria Taroutina examines how the traditional interests of institutions such as the crown …
American Studies December 30, 2019

American Exodus

Second-Generation Chinese Americans in China, 1901–1949

Charlotte Brooks

Hosted by Allison Leigh
Between 1901 and World War II, up to half of all U.S.-born Chinese Americans relocated to China in search of better lives due to the discrimination they faced in the …
Art December 20, 2019

Bernhard Heisig and the Fight for Modern Art in East Germany

April Eisman

Hosted by Allison Leigh
In her book, Bernhard Heisig and the Fight for Modern Art in East Germany (Camden House, 2018), April Eisman examines one of East Germany's most successful artists as a point …
American Studies August 14, 2019

The Gateway to the Pacific

Japanese Americans and the Remaking of San Francisco

Meredith Oda

Hosted by Allison Leigh
In The Gateway to the Pacific: Japanese Americans and the Remaking of San Francisco (University of Chicago Press, 2019), Meredith Oda shows how city leaders and local residents in San …
American Studies June 5, 2019

Empire’s Tracks

Indigenous Nations, Chinese Workers, and the Transcontinental Railroad

Manu Karuka

Hosted by Allison Leigh
What does anti-imperialism look like from the vantage point of North America? In Empire’s Tracks: Indigenous Nations, Chinese Workers, and the Transcontinental Railroad (University of California Press, 2019), Manu Karuka …
Literary Studies December 13, 2018

Mandarin Brazil

Race, Representation, and Memory

Ana Paulina Lee

Hosted by Allison Leigh
In her new book, Mandarin Brazil: Race, Representation, and Memory (Stanford University Press, 2018), Ana Paulina Lee (Columbia University) analyzes representations of the Chinese in Brazilian culture to understand their …
American Studies June 19, 2018

Two Faces of Exclusion

The Untold History of Anti-Asian Racism in the United States

Lon Kurashige

Hosted by Allison Leigh
In Two Faces of Exclusion: The Untold History of Anti-Asian Racism in the United States (University of North Carolina Press, 2016), Lon Kurashige emphasizes the contingencies that shaped the history …