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Assistant Professor in the History of Art and Visual Culture program at California College of the Arts

Monica Bravo specializes in the history of photography and the modern art of the Americas. Her first book, Greater American Camera: Making Modernism in Mexico, will be published by Yale University Press in June 2021, with support from the Terra and Wyeth Foundations for American Art. The book examines exchanges between U.S. modernist photographers–including Edward Weston, Tina Modotti, Paul Strand, and Helen Levitt–and modern Mexican artists working in painting, poetry, music, photography, and film, resulting in the development of a Greater American modernism in the interwar period. Bravo’s research has been supported by fellowships from the Center for Advanced Study in the Visual Arts (CASVA), the Center for Creative Photography, the Georgia O’Keeffe Research Center, the Harry Ransom Center, the Huntington Library and Art Collections, and the Terra Foundation for American Art.

Her writing has appeared in American Art, History of Photography, The History of Illustration,, Art Criticism, and Panorama: Journal of the Association of Historians of American Art, for which she co-guest edited an essay collection titled “Re-Reading American Photographs.” Prior to coming to CCA, Bravo was a Lecturer at Yale University in the History of Art Department and Program in Ethnicity, Race, and Migration, where she developed ParkCulture with her students. She is an inaugural co-chair of Photography Network, a CAA Affiliated Society.

  • B.A., Studio Art, Dartmouth College, Hanover, NH, 2004
  • M.A., Art History and Criticism, Stony Brook University, Stony Brook, NY, 2009
  • Ph.D., History of Art and Architecture, Brown University, Providence, RI, 2016