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Ross Elfline

Professor of Art History, Art and Art History

Education & Professional History

Grinnell College, BA; School of the Art Institute of Chicago, MA; University of California (Los Angeles), PhD

After earning a degree in economics at Grinnell College, I worked in museum education and research at various museums in the Chicago area. From there I went on to earn a master’s degree in Modern Art History, Theory, and Criticism from The School of the Art Institute of Chicago, where my work concentrated on critical design strategies of the recent past. I then went on to complete my doctoral work at UCLA, where I worked primarily with Miwon Kwon and Sylvia Lavin and completed a dissertation on the Italian Radical Architecture group Superstudio (active 1966-79). At the same time, I worked at the Getty Research Institute and taught at Art Center College of Design in Pasadena. I joined the Carleton faculty in 2009, the same year I completed my dissertation.


At Carleton since 2009.

Current Courses

  • Fall 2023
    ARTH 247: Architecture Since 1950
  • Winter 2024
    ARTH 262: Architectural Studies in Europe Program: Community-Engaged Design
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    ARTH 263: Architectural Studies in Europe Program: Prehistory to Postmodernism
  • Spring 2024
    ARTH 291: Independent Study
  • Winter 2025
    ARTH 341: Art and Democracy
  • Spring 2025
    ARTH 214: Queer Art