Todd Larkin’s research area is 17th- to 19th-century European political culture, with an emphasis on royal and republican portraits as signs of factional political interests and identities. He designed, proposed, and implemented the Art History M.A. Program in 2009, for which he now serves as Graduate Coordinator.
Since 2001, Larkin has published on aspects of late 18th- to early 19th-century French and American politics, portraits, and public spaces in Aurora, Ridiculosa, Eighteenth-Century Studies, and Winterthur Portfolio. From 2011, he has written a column, The Period Eye, probing the intersection of contemporary visual culture and early modern art (http://toddlarkin.com). He was recently made a member of the Advisory Board for Notes on Early Modern Art (Zephyrus Scholarly Publications).
Larkin is currently completing a seven-year book project, Marie-Antoinette and Her Portraits: The Politics of Queenly Imaging in Late Eighteenth-Century France (University of Delaware Press), which has required him to travel to museums and archives in Paris and Austria on grants provided by MSU’s Offices of the President, Provost, and Dean and the National Endowment for the Humanities. He is also organizing an international scholarly conference,Political Portraiture in the United States and France during the Revolutionary and Federal Eras, ca. 1776-1814, underwritten by the Terra Foundation for American Art and hosted by the National Portrait Gallery, Washington, D.C., on 25-26 September 2014.