Abra R. Levenson

Abra R. Levenson

Assistant Professor

J. William Fulbright College of Arts & Sciences


Phone: 479-575-5039

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Abra Levenson received her BA with a double major in Art History and History from the University of California, Berkeley and holds an M.A. and Ph.D. from Princeton University in Art & Archaeology, specializing in the History of American Art and Modernism. Prior to arriving at the University of Arkansas, Dr. Levenson was a George S. Heyer Fellow at Princeton and held a predoctoral fellowship at The National Portrait Gallery, Washington, D.C. 

Abra's scholarship focuses on American painting, though she maintains strong interests across the 19th and 20th centuries, ranging from sculpture, photography, and literature to theories of modernism, genre, and art-historical methodology, as well as formalist, feminist, and semiotic theory. As an Americanist trained first as a modernist, her scholarship aims to probe and unsettle this disciplinary divide.

Histories of American Art and Modernism (19th & 20th centuries)

20th Century American Art; 19th Century American Art; Survey II: Renaissance to Contemporary; Art in the Public Sphere; Art & Politics in the 20th Century; Portraiture & Subjectivity; Art & Nature

Ph.D.                Princeton University, Art & Archaeology, 2018

M.A.                 Princeton University, Art & Archaeology, 2011

B.A.                  University of California, Berkeley, Magna cum laude, 2004


"Figures and Things: Charles Demuth, 1914 – 1935" (book manuscript in process)

2017 - Present    Assistant Professor, History of American Art, The School of Art, University of Arkansas, Fayetteville

2013 – 2014       Editor, Out of Town Exhibitions, Washington Print Quarterly  

Summer 2012    Curatorial Intern, Princeton University Art Museum

Summer 2007    Research Assistant, Townsend Martin '17 Professor Hal Foster, Department of Art & Archaeology, Princeton University 

2004 – 2006       Academic Programs Coordinator, AYUSA International, San Francisco, CA

2015                 The George S. Heyer Fellowship in American/Modern Art History, Princeton University

2012 – 2014       Smithsonian Predoctoral Fellowship, National Portrait Gallery

2012                 Spears Travel Grant, Princeton University

2012                 Research Fellowship, Department of Art & Archaeology, Princeton University

2006 – 2011       University Scholarship, Princeton University 

2006                 Summer Study Fellowship, Program in Judaic Studies, Princeton University

2003                 Phi Beta Kappa (early selection), University of California, Berkele

2003                 Collin Miller Prize for best thesis in European History, University of California, Berkeley

2003                 Departmental Citation for best thesis in Art History, University of California, Berkeley

2003                 Maybelle M. Toombs Award for excellence in Art History, University of California, Berkeley