Clark Visiting Professors

The Robert Sterling Clark Visiting Professorship at Williams College brings distinguished guest scholars from around the country and the world to teach in the Graduate Program and at Williams college for a full academic year. Clark Professors teach one seminar per semester while pursuing their own research in residence at the Clark. These guests form a vital part of the Graduate Program’s intellectual community. For a historic list of Clark Professors, click here. 

Michael Gaudio

Clark Professor for the Academic year 2023-2024, is Michael Gaudio is Professor in the Department of Art History at the University of Minnesota. His research interests, which range across a broad temporal span, focus on the intersections of artistic practice, science, religion, and cultural contact in the Atlantic world. He has written on topics that include early modern costume studies, early American natural history illustration, and thirteenth-century cartography. He is the author of three books: Engraving the Savage: The New World and Techniques of Civilization (2008), The Bible and the Printed Image in Early Modern England (2017), and Sound, Image, Silence: Art and the Aural Imagination in the Atlantic World (2019).

Kobena Mercer, Clark Professor for the Academic year 2022-2023, is Professor in History of Art and African American Studies at Yale University. He teaches modern and contemporary art in the Black Atlantic, examining African American, Caribbean and Black British artists with critical methods from cultural studies. He is author of studies of James Van Der Zee, Romare Bearden and Adrian Piper, Isaac Julien and Rotimi Fani-Kayode and he edited the Annotating Art’s Histories series, whose titles are Cosmopolitan Modernisms (2005), Discrepant Abstraction (2006), Pop Art and Vernacular Cultures (2007) and Exiles, Diasporas & Strangers (2008). Recent publications include ‘The Cross-Cultural and the Contemporary,’ in 21st Century: Art of the First Decade (2011), and ‘Art History after Globalization,’ in Colonial Modern: Aesthetics of the Past, Rebellions for the Future (2010), and Travel & See: Black Diaspora Art Practices since the 1980s (2016). He is an inaugural recipient of the 2006  Clark Prize for Excellence in Arts Writing.

Hilton Als, Clark Professor in Fall 2022, is an associate professor of writing at Columbia University’s School of the Arts, a staff writer at The New Yorker, and a curator. His first book, The Women, was published in 1996. His most recent, White Girls, was a finalist for the National Book Critics Circle Award and the winner of the Lambda Literary Award in 2014. He won the Pulitzer Prize for criticism in 2017. In 1997, the New York Association of Black Journalists awarded Als first prize in both Magazine Critique/Review and Magazine Arts and Entertainment. He was awarded a Guggenheim for creative writing in 2000 and the George Jean Nathan Award for Dramatic Criticism for 2002-03. He edited the catalogue for the 1994-95 Whitney Museum of American Art exhibition “Black Male: Representations of Masculinity in Contemporary American Art.” In 2019, he curated “God Made My Face: A Collective Portrait of James Baldwin” at David Zwirner Gallery in New York.

Anne Lafont, Clark Professor for the Academic Year 2021-2022, is a director of studies l’École des hautes études en sciences sociales in Paris, where she leads a research cluster titled “Histoire de l’art et créolités.” She is a specialist on eighteenth- and nineteenth-century art and visual culture in the transatlantic world. She is the author of numerous books, including L’artiste savant a la conquête du monde modern (2010), 1740, un abrégé du monde, Savoirs et collections autour de Dezallier d’Argenville(2012), and, most recently, L’art et la race: L’Africain (tout) contre l’oeil des Lumie res (2019). She was co-editor, with Melissa Hyde, of Plumes et Pinceaux. Discours de femmes sur l’art en Europe 1750-1850 (2012). From 2013 to 2017 she was editor in chief of Perspective, the journal of the Institut national d’histoire de l’art (INHA).

Joan Kee, Clark Professor for Spring 2021, is Professor in the Department of the History of Art at the University of Michigan. Her research focuses on modern and contemporary art from multiregional and crossdisciplinary perspectives. She is the author of Contemporary Korean Art: Tansaekhwa and the Urgency of Method (2013) and Models of Integrity: Art and Law in Post-Sixties America (2019), as well as co-editor of the special issue of Art History, “To Scale.” Kee is presently researching a book about the role and relevance of emojis. She is a contributing editor at Artforum, as well on the advisory boards of Art History, Oxford Art Journal and Art Margins.

Lynne Tillman, Fall 2019

Mel Chen, 2018-2019

Julia Bryan-Wilson, 2018-2019

Mary Roberts, 2017-2018


Avinoam Shalem, 2016-2017


Nina Dubin



Semester(s) Name Affiliation
2012-2013 Erika Naginski Graduate School of Design, Harvard University
2011-2012 James Elkins School of the Art Institute of Chicago
2010-2011 Robin Kelsey Harvard University
2009-2010 Michael Cole Columbia University
Spring 2009 T. J. Benton Open University
Fall 2008 Alan Wallach College of William and Mary
Spring 2008 Babatunde Lawal Virginia Commonwealth University
Fall 2007 Chika Okeke-Agulu Pennsylvania State University
Spring 2007 Miranda Marvin Wellesley College
Fall 2006 James Meyer Emory University
Spring 2006 Julia F. Andrews Ohio State University
Fall 2005 S. Hollis Clayson Northwestern University
Spring 2005 Debra Bricker Balken Independent Scholar
Fall 2004 Michael Leja University of Delaware
Spring 2004 Mario Carpo Canadian Centre for Architecture
Fall 2003 Whitney Chadwick San Francisco State University
Spring 2003 Wanda Corn Stanford University
Fall 2002 Renata Holod University of Pennsylvania
Spring 2002 David Perlmutter Louisiana State University
Fall 2001 Michael F. Zimmermann Zentralinstitut für Kunstgeschichte, Munich
Spring 2001 Keith Moxey Barnard College
Fall 2000 Harry Francis Mallgrave Getty Research Institute
Spring 2000 Andreas Beyer Technische Hochschule, Aachen
Fall 1999 Mark Rosenthal Guggenheim Museum
Spring 1999 William Wallace Washington University
Fall 1998 Jenny Shaffer Independent Scholar
Spring 1998 Suzanne Blier Harvard University
Fall 1997 Rona Goffen Rutgers University
Spring 1997 Janis Tomlinson Woodrow Wilson International Center
Fall 1996 Elizabeth Johns University of Pennsylvania
Spring 1996 Madeline Caviness Tufts University
Fall 1995 Christiane Andersson Johann Wolfgang Goethe-Universität
Spring 1995 Eve Blau Canadian Centre for Architecture
Fall 1994 Patricia Mainardi City University of New York
Spring 1994 Abigail Solomon-Godeau University of California Santa Barbara
Fall 1993 Richard Wendorf Houghton Library, Harvard University
Spring 1993 John Szarkowski Museum of Modern Art, emeritus
Spring 1993 Roger Mandle National Gallery of Art
Fall 1992 Brian Wallis Art in America
Spring 1992 Walter Gibson Case Western Reserve University
Fall 1991 Isabelle Hyman New York University
Spring 1991 David Smith University of New Hampshire
Fall 1990 Anne Coffin Hanson Yale University
Spring 1990 Francis V. O’Connor Independent Scholar
Fall 1989 Paul Tucker University of Massachusetts Boston
Spring 1989 Walter Gibson Case Western Reserve University
Fall 1988 John Rupert Martin Princeton University, emeritus
Fall 1988 Richard Edwards University of Michigan
Spring 1988 Edward Sullivan New York University
Fall 1987 Richard Higgins Independent Scholar
Spring 1987 Joel Isaacson University of Michigan
Fall 1986 Marcia Hall Temple University
Spring 1986 Eunice Lipton SUNY Binghamton
Fall 1985 Charles Parkhurst Williams College
Spring 1985 Miranda Marvin Wellesley College
Fall 1984 Marcel Roethlisberger Université de Genève
Spring 1984 James O’Gorman Wellesley College
Fall 1983 John McCoubrey University of Pennsylvania
Spring 1983 Hellmut Wohl Boston University
Fall 1982 Charles Mitchell Bryn Mawr, emeritus
Spring 1982 William L. MacDonald Smith College, emeritus
Fall 1981 H. W. Janson New York University, emeritus
Spring 1981 George B. Tatum University of Delaware
Fall 1980 Jack W. Burnham Northwestern University
Spring 1980 Jaromir Sĭp Narodni Galeri, Prague
Fall 1979 Ellen Smart Rhode Island School of Design
Spring 1979 Jaromir Sĭp Narodni Galeri, Prague
Fall 1978 Albert Boime University of California Los Angeles
Spring 1978 Eve Borsook Center for Renaissance Studies
Winter 1978 Gillett Griffin Princeton University Art Museum
Fall 1977 Daniel Robbins Dartmouth College
Spring 1977 George Heard Hamilton Williams College, emeritus
Winter 1977 John Rosenfield Harvard University
Fall 1976 Creighton Gilbert Queens College
Spring 1976 Sam Hunter Princeton University
Fall 1975 Anthony Morris Clark Metropolitan Museum of Art, formerly
Spring 1975 Elizabeth Mongan Smith College Museum of Art
Fall 1974 Fred S. Licht Florida State University in Florence
Spring 1974 Julius Held Barnard College, emeritus
Fall 1973 Donald Posner New York University
Spring 1973 John Neff Sterling and Francine Clark Art Institute
Fall 1972 Franklin Robinson Dartmouth College
Spring 1971 Andrew C. Ritchie Yale University Art Gallery, emeritus
Spring 1970 Jean Sutherland Boggs National Gallery of Canada
Spring 1969 Julius Held Barnard College, emeritus
Spring 1968 Sherman Lee Cleveland Museum of Art
Spring 1967 Wolfgang Stechow Oberlin College, emeritus
1964-65 Jakob Rosenberg Harvard University, emeritus
1963-64 George Heard Hamilton Yale University
1962-63 Ellis K. Waterhouse Barber Institute of Fine Arts
1961-62 John Pope-Hennessey Victoria and Albert Museum