Jennifer Nelson

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Jennifer Nelson

Assistant Professor

Office Location(s): 70E Tappan Hall
Office Hours: M 2:15-3:15pm and by appointment
jlnels@umich.edu

  • Affiliation(s)
    • Michigan Society of Fellows
  • Fields of Study
    • Early Modern Northern European Art (primarily in Germany)
    • Early Modern Technology and Visual Culture
    • the Early History of Style
    • Early Modern Theologies of Representation
  • About

    Jennifer Nelson's teaching focuses primarily on the history of early modern European art and visual culture, placing them in the context of literary and theological history as well as European engagement with non-European cultures. Her dissertation focused on celebrations of art's power over diverse modes of representation in the visual culture of Martin Luther's Reformation; her current research projects focus on Holbein's Ambassadors and on Northern European encyclopedic images before the heyday of the Kunstkammer. Having completed a master's degree as a modernist, she often draws upon the dense microhistories of early twentieth-century European art in her thinking and writing. She is also engaged with poetry and poetics in Anglo-American and German literary traditions from the early modern period to the present, and with the history of ekphrasis as it evolves in the age of digital reproduction.

  • Education
    • PhD Yale University
    • MFA New York University
    • MA Courtauld Institute of Art
    • AB Harvard College