B.A. History, Northwestern University, 1982
M.A. Art History, Boston University, 1986
Ph.D. Art History, Boston University, 1991
A scholar of nineteenth-century European, especially French art, imperialism, and globalization, Porterfield wrote The Allure of Empire: Art in the Service of French Imperialism, 1798-1836 (Princeton University Press, 1998); co-authored, with Susan Siegfried, Staging Empire: Napoleon, Ingres, and David (Penn State University Press, 2008); and edited The Efflorescence of Caricature, 1759-1838 (University of Montreal, 2012). His European, North American, and Middle Eastern publications address museums; representations of history; critical histories of art history; Impressionism; caricature; Orientalism; and legacies of imperialism in contemporary art in Canada and Argentina. He has teamed with colleagues in Britain, Canada, France, and Japan in the organization of international conferences on caricature, cinema and painting, and wakugumi (Conceptual Frameworks in Art History). He has collaborated with the Art Institute of Chicago, Boston Museum of Fine Arts, Princeton Art Museum, Montreal Museum of Fine Arts, and Ashmolean Museum of Oxford. A founding member and now president of the Réseau international pour la formation à la recherche en histoire de l'art, he conceived and directed the 2012 Summer Research Academy on Encounters in World Art History at the Getty Research Institute. Prior to joining NYU, Porterfield taught at Connecticut College, Princeton, Rice, and the Université de Montréal, where he held the Canada Research Chair in Nineteenth-Century Art History, and the Université de Montréal Research Chair in Art History and Globalization. He has been a visiting lecturer at NYU, and a visiting professor at The School for Advanced Studies in the Social Sciences (the EHESS), and the Université de Paris Nanterre. His research has been recognized with grants and fellowships from the Clark Art Institute, the Fulbright Foundation, the Huntington Library, the NEH, the University of Oxford’s New College, the University of Toronto, and the Yale Center for British Art.
nineteenth-century European, especially French, art; caricature; Orientalism; legacies of imperialism in contemporary art in Canada and Argentina; globalization