Katie Hornstein

|Associate Professor
Academic Appointments
  • Chair, Department of Art History

  • Associate Professor of Art History

Professor Hornstein is a specialist of nineteenth-century French art and visual culture.  Her teaching and research interests include the history of war imagery, nineteenth-century technologies of visual reproduction and their interaction with more established media, forgotten industrial objects, reception theory and history, and most recently, the representation of animals and their relationship to art's histories.  Professor Hornstein's forthcoming book, Myth and Menagerie: Seeing Lions in the Nineteenth-Century (Yale University Press, 2023), considers the relationship between animality, spectatorship, and visual production by identifying and interrogating a series of "encounters" that took place between artists, their publics, and lions in Salon exhibitions, artists' studios, in the pages of illustrated books and periodicals, and in the spaces of menageries and circuses over the course of the nineteenth century. The book argues that there was such a thing as the lion experience of the nineteenth century and seeks to uncover and explore what that might mean. 


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Art History


  • B.A. University of California, Berkeley, 2001
  • Ph.D. University of Michigan, 2010

Selected Publications

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Works In Progress

Myth and Menagerie, Seeing Lions in France, 1793-1900, book manuscript in progress, under contract with Yale University Press, expected January, 2024.  

"Lion Attacking a Dromedary (1867), or How to See Like an Imperial Citizen," for a special issue of Curator, (edited by Jessica Landau) entitled, NOTORIOUS: Potentials and limits of curating infamous objects, the fraught history of natural history collecting and display, expected spring 2023.

"Beaver Society," and "Lion: The Trap of Meaning," for a forthcoming dictionary of global animal history, edited by Pierre Serna, expected 2024.

"Pigeon Temporalities and the Speed of Information in the Nineteenth Century," essay for a media studies edited volume, expected 2024, edited by Colleen Boggs, Petra McGillgen, and Katie Hornstein 

"Henri Durand-Brager and the Question of the Panoramic," to appear in L'art de la bataille. Stratégies visuelles de la scène de bataille de la Renaissance à nos jours, ed. Pauline Lafille and Jerome Delaplanche, L'Académie de France à Rome – Villa Médicis, in press, expected late 2023.

Selected Works & Activities

Millard Meiss Publication Fund Grant for Myth and Menagerie ($11,000), College Art Association, 2022

Professor Arthur M. Wilson and Mary Tolford Wilson Faculty Fellowship/ Senior Faculty Grant, Dartmouth College, 2020-2021

ACLS Fellowship, 2018-2019

Chercheur accueillie, Centre Alexandre Koyré, EHESS/CNRS/MNHN, Paris, France, 2018-2019

John M. Manley Huntington Award for Newly Tenured Faculty, 2018 

Jacobus Family Award, 2018

Millard Meiss Publication Fund Grant for Picturing War in France, 1792-1856, College Art Association, 2017

Runner-up, Malcolm Bowie Prize, French Historical Studies, "Suspended Collectivity: Horace Vernet's The Crossing of the Arcole Bridge (1826)," 2015