Ilene D. Lieberman

Ilene D. Lieberman, PhD

  • Director of Honors Program in General Education
  • Gabriel Lukas Professor of Fine Arts
Media Expertise:
  • Gender & Sexuality
  • Arts & Culture

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Programs I Teach


  • PhD, Art History, Art & Archaeology (1983)
    Princeton University (NJ)
  • BA, Comparative Literature and French (1976)
    University of California--Berkeley (CA)

About Me

My undergraduate degree program included a year studying abroad in Bordeaux, France, an opportunity that helped shape my academic career. At graduate school in Princeton, I specialized in 19th European art, with a dissertation that focused on British commemorative sculpture during this period. This ultimately led me to my current interest in public art, particularly memorials and monuments, as well as the representation of gender in art.

Research Interests

My research interests focus on commemoration, on how cultures define and pay homage to their "heroic dead." I am particularly interested in the disparate forms of modern remembrance how, where, and whom we memorialize as well as the interplay between aesthetics and politics that so often complicates public display.


  • Lieberman, Illene D. "Race and Remembrance: Philadelphia's 'All Wars Memorial to Colored Soldiers and Sailors' and the Politics of Place." American Art Journal 29.1/2 (1998): 18–51. Web.
  • Lieberman, Illene D. "Sir Francis Chantrey's Monument to George Washington: Sculpture and Patronage in Post-Revolutionary America." The Art Bulletin 71.2 (1989): 254–268. Web.
  • Lieberman, Illene D. The Chantrey Ledger in the Royal Academy, The Walpole Society.

Professional Affiliations & Memberships

College Art Association (CAA), Association of Historians of Nineteenth-Century Art (AHNCA), Public Art Dialogue (PAD)


  • Lindback Foundation Award for Distinguished Teaching (1991)
  • University Sabbatical Award, Provost's Grant; Faculty Development Grant (2010)
  • National Collegiate Honors Council Faculty Institute, "Memory and Monuments" (2013)