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Chris Balaschak

Kenan Distinguished Professor of Art History, Department Chair 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 II: Renaissance - Modernism
  • Art History III: Contemporary Art
  • Visual Culture
  • The Environmental Image
  • Modern Metropolis
  • Art & Environment
  • Race & Visual Culture
  • Art History Internship
  • European Modernism
  • History of Photography
  • Gallery Management

Previously taught at:

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

More Information

Office Hours (On campus):

  • Monday: 12:00 PM - 2:00 PM
  • Wednesday: 12:00 PM - 2:00 PM