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Chris Balaschak

Associate Professor of Visual Arts


Research, Professional and Creative Activity

Professional Profile

   Professor Chris Balaschak specializes in histories of photography, modern and contemporary art, and visual culture. His research is focused on visual culture at the intersection of place-based politics, environmentalism, and high modernist social planning. Dr. Balaschak’s current research project considers the ways that American photographers responded to the environmental consequences of federal infrastructure throughout the 20th century.

Teaching and Related Service


  • Ph.D., University of California, Irvine 
  • M.F.A., Art Center College of Design, Pasadena 
  • B.A., New York University, New York

Area of Research:

  •    History of Photography 
  •    American Visual Culture 
  •    Modern and Contemporary Art 
  •    Environmental Humanities 

Courses Taught:

  • Art History I: Ancient – Medieval 
  • Art History II: Renaissance - Modernism
  • Art History III: Contemporary Art
  • Visual Culture
  • European Modernism
  • History of Photography
  • Gallery Management
  • European Modernism I (1840-1907) & II (1907-1940)
  • Art History IV: Special Topics
  • Beyoncé: Visual Culture and Racial Politics

Previously taught at:

  •  California State University, Long Beach
  •  University of California, Irvine

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Office Hours (On campus):

  • Monday: 9:00 AM - 1:00 PM
  • Wednesday: 9:00 AM - 1:00 PM