Melissa Ragain

Melissa Ragain

MA & PhD University of Virginia
Assistant Professor Art History 
Office:  #241 Haynes


 Dr. Ragain’s research interests include modern and contemporary art, criticism, and the history of science, especially psychology and ecology. She is currently at work on a book, Formalism and Environmental Aesthetics after WWII, examining the impact of art psychology on notions of form and environment in the postwar United States. She recently edited a collection of writing by the seminal new media theorist Jack Burnham, Dissolve into Comprehension: Writings and Interviews, 1964-2004 (MIT Press 2015).


She has written for Art JournalX-tra Contemporary Art QuarterlyARTLIESCriticism, American Art and Inform magazine, and was a Core Critical Studies Fellow at the Museum of Fine Arts Houston in 2010-11. She is the recipient of grants from the Warhol Foundation/Creative Capital (2015) and a Radcliffe Institute for Advanced Study at Harvard (2016).


Her undergraduate courses include: Contemporary Art Since 1945, Art Now, Contemporary Art and Ecology, Public Art and Social Activism, and American Art Before 1913.


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