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Baird Jarman

David and Marian Adams Bryn-Jones Distinguished Teaching Professor of the Humanities

Professor of Art History, Art and Art History

Education & Professional History

Williams College, BA; Williams College/Clark Art Institute, MA; Yale University, MA, MPhil, PhD

Baird Jarman is a Professor of Art History at Carleton College. His research focuses on nineteenth-century American visual culture, such as Gilded Age satire, Civil War reportage, Progressive Era mural painting, and early motion pictures. He is currently completing a book about political caricature during the Reconstruction era.


At Carleton since 2002.

Highlights & Recent Activity

Recent Publications:

“Many Hands Make Light-Fingered Work: Intellectual Property, the Pictorial Press & Civil War Reportage,” American Art (forthcoming Nov. 2023).

Drawing Time: Winsor McCay’s Lightning Sketches on Stage and Screen,” Early Popular Visual Culture 20:2-3 (Special Issue: Seeing Time, May-August 2022).

Quick as a Flash: Victor Collodion and the Development of the Lightning Artist,” Nineteenth-Century Art Worldwide 19.2 (Autumn 2020).

“The Political Broadsides of Currier & Ives: A Reconsideration” in Revisiting America: The Prints of Currier & Ives, exhibition catalogue (Omaha: Joslyn Art Museum, 2020).

Recent Conferences:

“The Burlesque of Reconstruction,” American Reconstruction panel, SECAC annual conference, Baltimore, Oct. 26-29, 2022.

The Trouble with Thomas Nast,” Illustration Across Media: Nineteenth Century to Now, symposium, Washington University, St. Louis, Mar. 22, 2019.

Type/Portrait,” session moderator / symposium steering committee member, Association of Historians of American Art, 5th Biennial Symposium, Minneapolis, Oct. 6, 2018.

Organizations & Scholarly Affiliations

American Studies Association

Association of Historians of American Art

College Art Association

Midwest Art History Society

Society of Architectural Historians

Current Courses

  • Fall 2023
    ARTH 100: Art and Culture in the Gilded Age
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    ARTH 260: Planning Utopia: Ideal Cities in Theory and Practice
  • Winter 2024
    ARTH 263: Architectural Studies in Europe Program: Prehistory to Postmodernism
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    ARTH 265: Architectural Studies in Europe Program: Urban Planning in Europe
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    EUST 110: The Power of Place: Memory and Counter-Memory in the European City
  • Fall 2024
    AMST 215: Trains of Thought: Contemplating Local Commuter and Passenger Rail
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    ARTH 100: Art and Culture in the Gilded Age
  • Winter 2025
    ARTH 160: American Art to 1940
  • Spring 2025
    ARTH 102: Introduction to Art History II
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