Dr. George Speer

George Speer, PhD
Assistant Professor
Riles 104E
(928) 523-2400
Dr. Speer's CV

Dr. George V. Speer, Assistant Professor of Art History, received his doctorate from Washington University in St. Louis and his Master of Arts in Art History from Southern Methodist University.  Dr. Speer also holds a Master of Fine Arts in Theatre from Trinity University in San Antonio and a Bachelor of Arts degree from Wake Forest University.  Prior to his appointment at Northern Arizona University, Dr. Speer was Curator of the Luce Foundation Center for American Art at the Smithsonian American Art Museum in Washington, D.C.

Dr. Speer’s research interests focus on twentieth-century American art and culture and  the political origins and consequences of representation.  His scholarship often involves European art since 1945 and its influence on American art as well as the shifting definitions of the political and cultural avant-garde that American culture has inherited from Europe. 

Professor Speer’s publications include contributions to Variations on America: Masterworks from American Art Forum Collections (D. Giles and Co., London in association with Smithsonian American Art Museum) and H.W. Janson and the Legacy of Modern Art at Washington University (Washington University Gallery of Art and Salander-O’Reilly Galleries, New York), and he is currently working on a book manuscript titled Binding Frankenstein: Art and Healing in the Body Politic, 1930-39.