Ashley Lazevnick

Assistant Professor and Program Director of Art History

Ashley Lazevnick is an Assistant Professor of Art History at Converse University. A specialist in Modern American art, she is currently completing her first book, Fantasies of Precision, which re-examines a group of painters known as the Precisionists, who are best remembered for their stark portrayals of factories and cityscapes. More broadly, her research investigates the intersections of art and literature, the history of science, and philosophies of pragmatism in the twentieth century. Her recent publications include an essay on the queer post-humanism of Charles Demuth’s still life Green Pears (1929) and the rhetoric of trust in medical models of SARS-CoV-2.

In addition to survey courses at Converse, Ashley’s areas of teaching include American art and African-American art, the History of Photography, Art and Technology, and global Contemporary Art.

Ashley is originally from the suburbs of Philadelphia. She received her BA from Colgate University, her MA from Williams College, and her PhD from Princeton. Outside the classroom, she enjoys making elaborate meals and going on long runs in the hills. In Spartanburg, she hopes to re-kindle her short-lived hobby of sourdough bread baking.

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