Jennifer Van Horn

Jennifer Van Horn

Jennifer Van Horn

Position:Assistant Professor, Departments of Art History and History
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Email:jvanhorn@gmu.edu

Jennifer Van Horn is an Assistant Professor of Art History and History at the University of Delaware. She specializes in the fields of early American art and material culture.  Her first book, The Power of Objects in Eighteenth-Century British America, is forthcoming (March 2017) from the Omohundro Institute/University of North Carolina Press.  The book ranges from engraved city views to portraits to dressing furniture to explore how elite American consumers assembled objects to form a new civil society on the margins of the British Empire.

Jennifer has recently been a Postdoctoral fellow at the National Portrait Gallery and Smithsonian American Art Museum where she worked on her second book project, tentatively titled: Painting Slaves: Intersections of Slavery and American Art, 1720-1880. This book examines the role enslaved African Americans played as producers and viewers of portraits in the plantation South, and uncovers the importance portraiture held for newly freed African Americans who engaged in acts of iconoclasm and patronage. A graduate of the Winterthur Program in American Material Culture (M.A.) and the University of Delaware (B.A. History and Art History), Jennifer received her Ph.D. from the University of Virginia.  She has published articles in American ArtEarly American Studies, and Winterthur Portfolio, and worked as an assistant curator at George Washington’s Mount Vernon. She has previously held a Predoctoral fellowship at SAAM, as well as a Postdoctoral fellowship at Winterthur Museum.

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