Caitlin Ryan

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Caitlin is a fifth year in the department of Art & Archeology specializing in modern art and the history of photography. She holds a BA in Art History and Cultural Anthropology from Emory University (summa cum laude) and received her MA from Princeton in 2016. Her research interests include the history of photographic exhibitions, the intersections between photography and political ideology, and debates around notions of the documentary in photographic practice.

Caitlin is work on her dissertation, “Documents of Social Life: Photography and Politics in Popular Front France,” which traces relationship between photography and Communist and Socialist cultural and social policy in France during the 1930s. She is currently a 2018-2019 Chateaubriand Fellow in the Humanities, granted by the French Embassy in the United States, and has previously received support from the Center for Creative Photography and DAAD. Caitlin’s publications include an essay on pictorialist photographer Clarence H. White’s engagement with modern dance in early 20th-century America, and a forthcoming catalogue essay on celebrity and popular culture in the photographs of LIFE magazine. At Princeton, Caitlin has served as a graduate affiliate in the Program in European Cultural Studies and taught courses in English and Art History through the Princeton Prison Teaching Initiative.