Joy Kasson

Board of Directors

Joy Kasson is Professor of American Studies and English at the University of North Carolina at Chapel Hill. Her teaching includes undergraduate and graduate courses on visual culture and American Studies, American cultural history, and American literature. She has written three books: a study of American artists and writers in the first half of the nineteenth century, Artistic Voyagers (1982); an analysis of nineteenth-century American sculpture focusing on gender issues, Marble Queens and Captives (1990); and a book about celebrity and the popular understanding of history, Buffalo Bill’s Wild West (2001). Her research has been supported by grants and fellowships from the Woodrow Wilson Foundation, U.S. Fulbright Commission, Humanities Institute at the University of California at Davis, National Humanities Center, and Institute for the Arts and Humanities at UNC. She has been a co-recipient of grants from the National Endowment for the Humanities for Summer Institutes in American Studies, and has been a Leadership Fellow at the Institute for the Arts and Humanities at UNC. From 2001 to 2011, she was Chair of the Department of American Studies. Currently she is serving as the Andrew W. Mellon Distinguished Scholar for Carolina Performing Arts at UNC, working to connect arts performances with courses and research across the curriculum.