Dr. Staci Gem Scheiwiller

Assistant Professor, Modern and Contemporary Art History

Education

University of California, Santa Barbara

Ph.D., History of Art, 2009

Dissertation: “Mirrors of Memory: Nineteenth-Century Imagery in
Contemporary Iranian Photography”

Committee: Robert Williams, John Foran, Laurie Monahan, and Miriam Wattles

Concentrations: Modern and Contemporary Iran, History of Photography,
Contemporary and Modern Art and Theory, Gender, and Postcolonialism;
Minor in Islamic Art

University of California, Riverside

M.A., History of Art, 2001

Thesis:  “Revisiting American Atrocities in Photography and Film: Other and
Difference in the Vietnam War Legacy of the United States”

Committee: Amelia Jones, Jonathan Green, and Katherine Kinney

Concentrations: the United States, Contemporary Art, Photography, Visual Culture, and Film; Constructions of Race, Gender, and Nation in Art

University of Southern California

B.A., Art History, magna cum laude, Phi Beta Kappa, 1999

Concentrations: Gender in Contemporary and Italian Renaissance Art, Postcolonialism, Islam, and the Middle East

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Performing the Iranian State

Contact Information

Building Location: Art 
See Building #8: Map

Office Location: A10 - See Map

Phone: (209) 667-3497

E-mail: sscheiwiller@csustan.edu

Publications

Books:

Editor, Performing the Iranian State: Visual Culture and Representations of Iranian Identity (London: Anthem Press, 2013). Refereed

Mirrors with Memories: Nineteenth-Century and Qajar Imagery in Contemporary Iranian Photography (Saarbrücken: Lambert Academic Publishing, 2011)

Book Chapters:

“Photographing the Other Half of the Nation: The Gendered Politics of the Royal Photograph Albums of Nineteenth-Century Iran,” in The Photograph and the Album, ed. Jonathan Carson et al. (Edinburgh: MuseumsEtc, 2013), 30-74. Refereed

“Cartographic Desires: Some Reflections on the Shahr-e Farang (Peepshow) and Modern Iran,” in Performing the Iranian State: Visual Culture and Representations of Iranian Identity, ed. Staci Gem Scheiwiller (London: Anthem Press, 2013), 33-54. Refereed

“In the House of Fatemeh: Revisiting Shirin Neshat’s Photographic Series Women of Allah,” in Performing the Iranian State: Visual Culture and Representations of Iranian Identity, ed. Staci Gem Scheiwiller (London: Anthem Press, 2013), 201-20. Refereed

“Reframing the Rise of Modernism in Iran,” in Modernism beyond the West: A History of Art from Emerging Markets, ed. Majella Munro (London: Enzo Arts and Publishing, 2012), 11-32. Refereed

Journal Articles:

Khiaban-e dotarafeh: Safar ba tarikh dar aksha-ye Jalali [A two-way street: Traveling with history in Bahman Jalali’s photographs],” Aksnameh 7, no. 30 (1388/2010): 30-3

Exhibition Catalogues and Essays:

“The Limits of Sight, Knowing, and Possession: The Photographs of Mohammad Reza Tahmasbpour,” in Mohammad Reza Tahmasbpour: Composing Poetry with Photographs (Forthcoming Spring 2014)

Editor, Modern Art, 1800-1870: Undergraduate Papers on Nineteenth-Century Art (Forthcoming Fall 2013)

“The Semiotics of Defiance: The Performances of Amitis Motevalli,” in Amitis Motevalli: Porru (Claremont: California State University, 2013), 6-11

Miyan-e Mahdoudiat-ha ya Marz-ha? Contested Agency in Contemporary Iranian Art,” inIn Between: The State of “In Between” in Contemporary Iranian Art, ed. Shahram Entekhabi (Linz: Atelierhaus Salzamat, 2012), 12-15

A Photographic Transformation of American Photographer Carolyn Gledhill: The Rise of the ‘New Woman’ in the Gledhill Portraits,” in Portraits in Paradise: The Photography of Carolyn and Edwin Gledhill, 1906-1944 (Santa Barbara: Santa Barbara Historical Museum, 2010): 5-16

Book Reviews:

Book Review, “Muslim Women Reformers: Inspiring Voices against Oppression,” Women: A Cultural Review 22, no. 4 (2011): 441-5. Invited

Book Review, “On Iranian Women,” Women: A Cultural Review 20, no. 2 (2009): 231-3

Book Review, “Exploring Iran: The Photography of Erich F. Schmidt, 1930-1940,” History of Photography 33, no. 1 (February 2009): 103-5

Conference Papers

“Ottoman and Qajar Modernisms: A Comparison that Provincializes Europe,” Likeness and Difference: Modern Art of the Middle East and the Confines of Modernism, Association for Modern and Contemporary Art of the Arab World, Turkey, and Iran, Third Annual Conference, New York City, October 2013. Refereed

“The Iranian Indigenous Lens of the Nineteenth Century: Possibility or Moot Point?,” Society for Photographic Education Annual Conference, Chicago, March 2013. Refereed

“In Subversive Spaces: Photographic Portrayals of Nineteenth-Century Iranian Women in the Images of Photographer Yassaman Ameri,” Home/Land: Women, Citizenship, Photographies, Loughborough University, UK, July 2012. Refereed

“Performing the Past: Historical Performativity and Corporeality in the Photographs of Shadafarin Ghadirian, Afshan Ketabchi, and Arman Stepanian,” Iranian Contemporary Art - Searching for Identity?, Bonn University, Germany, May 2012. Refereed

“Reframing the Rise of Modernism in Iran,” Association of Art Historians (AHH) Annual Conference, Open University, Milton Keynes, UK, March 2012. Refereed

Panel Co-Chair, “The Body as a Site of Political Intervention in Contemporary Middle Eastern Art,” College Art Association (CAA) Annual Conference, Los Angeles, CA, February 2012. Refereed

“Gender, Beauty, and Desire: The Camera and Sexuality in Nineteenth-Century Iranian Photography,” Art Historians of Southern California Annual Conference, University of Southern California, Los Angeles, CA, November 2011. Refereed

“An Entangled Legacy: Shadi Ghadirian’s ‘Qajar’ Series and the Anxiety of Patriarchal History in Iran,” 7th Annual Hawaii International Conference on Arts & Humanities, Honolulu, HI, January 2009

“Some Reflections on the Shahr-e Farang and the Modernization of Iran,” Art History Graduate Student Association Symposium, University of California, Santa Barbara, April 2004

“Hejab and the Media,” Historians of Islamic Art (HIA), University of Pennsylvania, Philadelphia, PA, February 2002. Refereed

Awards and Honors

Extramural Awards:

Certificate of Excellence in Student Support, 2011

Critical Language Scholarship (State Department), Summer 2008

  • Study Persian and Tajiki in Tajikistan

Mina Houtan Scholarship, Houtan Scholarship Foundation, Fall 2007

  • $2,500 award from a private organization for graduate students conducting research on any topic on Iran

Persian Language Fellowship in Tehran, American Institute of Iranian Studies, Fall 2004

FLAS Language Fellowship, Ohio State University, Summer 2004

Elks’ Most Valuable Student, Elks National Foundation, 1995-99

  • $1,000 scholarship every semester for four years

At CSUSTAN:

Research, Scholarship and Creative Activity Grant, Fall 2011

  • $4400 grant to conduct research in repositories in Europe

At UCSB:

Brython Davis Graduate Fellowship, Fall 2007

  • $5,000 fellowship and fees paid for one quarter

Humanities and Social Sciences Research Grant, Summer 2007

  • $1,579 grant to travel to Canada for an interview with Photographer Yassaman Ameri

Departmental ABD Grant, 2006-07

  • $10,000 for field research in Iran

Graduate Opportunity Fellowship, 2003-04

  • $14,500 fellowship and fees paid for one academic year

Art History Club Mentorship Award, 2003

Best Graduate Student in Persian, 2003

VIDDA Fellowship, Spring 2002

  • $4000 stipend and fees paid for one quarter

At UCR:

Graduate Dean’s Fellowship, 1999-2000

  • $8,100 fellowship and fees paid for one academic year

At USC:

Louise Kerckoff Prize (Gender Studies Essay Award), 1998

  • Award for essay on female genital mutilation

Teaching Experience

Assistant Professor, California State University, Stanislaus, Turlock, CA (2011-Present)

ART 2515—Art Hist Survey-Ancient. Total enrollment of 51
ART 2520—Art Hist Survey-Modern. Total enrollment of 51
ART 2522—Art Hist Survey-Contemporary. Total enrollment of 51
ART 2525—Art Hist Survey-Nonwestern. Total enrollment of 51
ART 2526—Art Hist Survey-Islamic. Total enrollment of 51
ART 2530—Art Appreciation. Total enrollment of 74
ART 4400—New Media Theory. Total enrollment 40
ART 4540—Early Modern Art, 1800-1870. Total enrollment of 48
ART 4545—Modern Art, 1870-1945. Total enrollment of 51
ART 4548—Global Modernisms. Total enrollment of 51
ART 4550—Art of the Postmodern Era. Total enrollment of 51
ART 4555—American Art. Total enrollment of 70
ART 4562—Islamic Art. Total enrollment of 40
ART 4920—Art in Action. Total enrollment of 20

Instructor, Art History, Mt. San Antonio College, Walnut, CA (2010-11)

AHIS 1—Understanding the Visual Arts. Total enrollment of 35
AHIS 3—Women and Gender in Art History. Total enrollment of 35
AHIS 6—History of Modern Art. Total enrollment of 35

Instructor, Art History, University of La Verne, La Verne, CA (2010)

ART 390—History of 19th- and 20th-Century Nonwestern Art. Total enrollment of 10

Instructor, Art, Golden West College, Huntington Beach, CA (2009-11)

ART G105/HUM G100—Art History and Appreciation I—Prehistoric to Renaissance. Total enrollment of 88
ART G106/HUM G110—Art History and Appreciation II—Renaissance to Present. Total enrollment of 78

Instructor, History of Art and Architecture, University of California, Santa Barbara (2007)

ARTHI 1—Introduction to Art. Total enrollment of 40

Instructor, Art, Mt. San Jacinto College, San Jacinto, CA (2001)

ART 101—Art History: Prehistoric through Medieval Art. Total enrollment of 20

Teaching Assistant, History of Art and Architecture, University of California, Santa Barbara (2001-9)

ARTHI 1 – Introduction to Art. Taught two weekly sections with a total enrollment of 46
ARTHI 6A – Art Survey I: Ancient-Medieval Art. Taught three weekly sections with a total enrollment of 69
ARTHI 6B –Art Survey II: Renaissance-Baroque. Taught two weekly sections with a total enrollment of 50
ARTHI 6B –Art Survey II: Renaissance-Baroque. Taught three weekly sections with a total enrollment of 69
ARTHI 6C – Art Survey III: Modern-Contemporary. Taught two weekly section with a total enrollment of 50
ARTHI 6C – Art Survey III: Modern-Contemporary. Head TA. Taught one weekly section with a total enrollment of 25
ARTHI 6C – Art Survey III: Modern-Contemporary. Taught three weekly sections with a total enrollment of 69
ARTHI 6G – Art Survey: History of Photography. Head TA. Taught two weekly sections with a total enrollment of 50
ARTHI 6G – Art Survey: History of Photography. Taught two weekly sections with a total enrollment of 50
ARTHI 6G – Art Survey: History of Photography. Taught three weekly sections with a total enrollment of 69
ARTHI 119F – Art of the Post-War Period, 1945-1968. Responsible for grading (100 students) and review sections
ARTHI 138C –Social Documentary Photography. Responsible for grading (100 students) and review sections

Teaching Assistant, History of Art, University of California, Riverside (2000-1)

AHS 017A—History of Western Art: Prehistoric to Byzantine. Taught two weekly sections with a total enrollment of 50
AHS 017B—History of Western Art: Medieval to Renaissance. Taught two weekly sections with a total enrollment of 50

Invited Lectures:

“A Tenuous Masculinity: Gender and Classicism in Picasso’s Ceramics.” 8 October 2013. Tuesday Reading Club, Turlock, California
“Reframing the Rise of Modernism in Iran.” 29 April 2013. California State University, Sacramento
“Architectural Hybridities: Pagan, Christian, Islamic or All the Above?” 18 September 2012. Modesto Architecture Festival
“Entangled Legacies: Nineteenth-Century Imagery in Contemporary Iranian Photography.” 15 December 2011. University of Zurich
“The History of Iranian Photography.” 1 August 2007, 8 December 2008. ARTHI 6G – Art Survey: History of Photography, University of California, Santa Barbara
“Contemporary Iranian Photography.” 10 May 2007. ARTHI 138B—Contemporary Photography, University of California, Santa Barbara
“Social Documentary Photography in Iran.” 5 March 2007. ARTHI 138C –Social Documentary Photography, University of California, Santa Barbara

Committees

Diversity Committee (2013-Present), College Art Association
Associated Students, Inc. (2013), California State University, Stanislaus
Alysha Bergeson’s master’s thesis committee (2012-Present), “Advertised Identity: A Present Day Comparison with 1950s and 1960s Food Advertisements,” Environment and Community, California State University, Humboldt
Academic Senate (2012-Present), California State University, Stanislaus
Art Club, Faculty Adviser (2012-Present), California State University, Stanislaus
University Art Gallery Committee (2011-Present), California State University, Stanislaus
Department Curriculum Committee (2012-14), California State University, Stanislaus
Department Search Committee (2012-14), California State University, Stanislaus
Student Success Committee (2012-13), California State University, Stanislaus
Committee on Committees (2012-14), California State University, Stanislaus
Affirmative Action/Diversity Committee (2012-Present), California State University, Stanislaus
Central California Officer (2011-12), Art Historians of Southern California
Shannon Polugar’s master’s thesis committee (2011-Present), “Uncovering the Relationship between Intercultural Communication Apprehension and the At-Risk Student,” Interdisciplinary Studies, California State University, Stanislaus

Professional Experience

Assistant, Visual Resource Collection, University of California, Santa Barbara (2001-9)

  • Cataloguing, cleaning, filing, and mounting slides and cataloguing digital images of artworks into database. Customer service

Graduate Mentor, Art History Club, University of California, Santa Barbara (2002-4; 2007-8)

  • Conducting workshops and advising students on careers in Art History. Coordinating field trips to museums and conservation facilities. Inviting speakers

Research Assistant, University of California (2001; 2009)

  • Winter Quarter 2009. Researching Impressionist and Post-Impressionist materials for Professor Abigail Solomon-Godeau. Scanning, cataloging images, grading, word processing, editing, and creating PowerPoint presentations
  • Spring Quarter 2001. Researching Latin American colonial art under Professor Eduardo Douglas. Cataloging and mounting slides for the Latin American Art section in the Visual Resources Collection

Languages

Writing, speaking, and reading knowledge of French, German, and Persian

Professional Memberships

Art Historians of Southern California

College Art Association

Middle East Studies Association

International Society for Iranian Studies

Phi Beta Kappa

Society for Photographic Education