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Lauren Walsh


Part-time Faculty
B.A. Comparative Literature,, Columbia University, 2000
M.A. English & Comparative Literature, Columbia University, 2002
M.Phil. English & Comparative Literature, Columbia University, 2004
Ph.D. English & Comparative Literature, Columbia University, 2008

Lauren Walsh is co-editor, with Ofra Amihay, of The Future of Text and Image: Collected Essays on Literary and Visual Conjunctures (Cambridge Scholars, 2012). She has published in The Los Angeles Review of Books, Photography and Culture , The Romanic Review,  and Nomadikon , among others, and has contributed articles to numerous anthologies in addition to her appearances on CNN, the radio program “Trading Fours,” and in the documentary 9/11: Ten Years Later  (RAI 2011). Her research focuses on questions of historical memory and visual media. She is particularly interested in the politics and ethics of photography, and in exploring intersections of literature and visual culture.


With Keith Miller, Professor Walsh curated the 2015 photo show Lost to History: Covering Conflict in the Age of the Eternal Present at The Gallatin Galleries.

In July 2015, Professor Walsh spoke at the Morbid Anatomy Museum in Brooklyn, giving a talk titled “Souvenir, Trophy, Crime: Photography and War in the Digital Age.”

In November 2014, Professor Walsh gave the closing address at the symposium Albert Murray: His Life and Work, at the Schomburg Center for Research in Black Culture in New York City.

She has been invited to speak on Albert Murray and Thomas Mann at Columbia University in February 2016.

Professor Walsh has written the introductory essay, “Swimming in the Unreliable Shadow of Memory,” for Ron Haviv’s The Lost Rolls, forthcoming in November 2015.

Her essay “Text, Image, Memory: Intermediality in the work of Péter Nádas” is forthcoming in 2016 in Hungarian Literature and its Intercultural Contexts: Translation, Cultural Memory, Comparative Scholarship, edited by András Kiséry, Zsolt Komaromy, and Zsuzsanna Varga.

Her translation (from the French) of “New Tendencies in Jazz” by Albert Murray is forthcoming in 2016 in Murray Talks Music, edited by Paul Devlin.

Her book in progress, Conversations on Conflict Photography and Public Apathy, focuses on coverage of war and humanitarian crises.



Contact Information

Lauren Walsh

Part-time Faculty
1 Wash Pl, Room 431
(212) 992-7772
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Office Hours
Thursday 10-1(407)
Friday 3:15-4:15


2015 Spring

Issues in Urban Journalism: New York City and the News
Fri 12:30 PM - 3:15 PM

2015 Fall

Contemporary Visual Culture and the Politics of Images
Fri 12:30 PM - 3:15 PM

2014 Spring

Contemporary Visual Culture and the Politics of Images
Tue,Thu 2:00 PM - 3:15 PM

2014 Fall

Contemporary Visual Culture and the Politics of Images
Fri 11:00 AM - 1:45 PM

2013 Fall

Transfer Student Research Seminar: Memory in the Digital Age
Tue,Thu 9:30 AM - 10:45 AM

Research and Teaching Interests

20th-century literature; media and cultural studies; memory studies; visual culture; contemporary fiction

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