Douglas R. NickelAndrea V. Rosenthal Professor of History of Art and Architecture
My area of concentration within the field of art history is the history of photography. I studied modern art and photography at Princeton, under Prof. Peter Bunnell, and was awarded a doctoral degree in 1995. I served ten years as a curator at the San Francisco Museum of Modern Art, where I organized traveling exhibitions on the work of Carleton Watkins and Lewis Carroll as well as projects investigating themes such as the snapshot. Prior to my arrival at Brown, I was director of the Center for Creative Photography and associate professor of art history at the University of Arizona in Tucson.
Professor Nickel specializes in the history of photography and American art. His current research looks at the relationship between science, art, metaphysics, and photography, and the role of the viewer in constructing photographic meaning.