Elizabeth Adan

Elizabeth Adan

Associate Professor Art & Design


  • Modern and contemporary art histories
  • Feminist theories; feminist art histories; intersectionality in/and feminist art histories
  • Critical theory; theories of representation; the politics of representation
  • Performance studies

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About Elizabeth Adan

Dr. Elizabeth Adan is an Associate Professor in the Department of Art and Design, where she teaches classes in modern and contemporary art history. Prior to her arrival at Cal Poly, she taught in the Women's Studies Program (now the Department of Feminist Studies) at U.C. Santa Barbara. She holds an Interdisciplinary Ph.D. in Contemporary Art, Religion, and Cultural Analysis with a Doctoral Emphasis in Women's Studies from UCSB; an MA in Rhetoric from U.C. Berkeley; and an MFA in Studio Art from UCSB.

Her research focuses on late modern, postmodern, and contemporary art as well as feminist and critical theory, and she has published on religion and contemporary art, radical aesthetics in global contexts, and gender, race, and representation in the visual arts. Currently, she is completing research on Chicana feminism, intersectionality, and feminist art history in the work of Yolanda M. López and on the relationships between feminism, postmodernism, and contemporary art history in the work of Francesca Woodman. 

For a list of Dr. Adan's recent and forthcoming publications, conference papers, and invited presentations, see

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Co-Chair, WGS Curriculum and Assessment Committee, 2015-16
Chair, WGS Curriculum and Assessment Committee, 2014-15
Member, WGS Curriculum Committee, 2010-14

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