Department of Art & Art History

Spotlight on Associate Professor Joyce de Vries

Spotlight on Associate Professor Joyce de Vries

Joyce de Vries in Classroom Joyce de Vries is an Associate Professor of Art History and the Director of the Women’s Studies Program at Auburn University. She engages both areas—art history and women’s and gender studies—in her research and teaching. For instance, she offers a Gender and the Art course in the Department of Art and Art History and teaches the introductory course (WMST 2100) for Women’s Studies. Her book, Caterina Sforza and the Art of Appearances: Gender, Art, and Culture in Early Modern Italy (Ashgate, 2010), explores a ruling noblewoman's patronage and collecting practices and the ways she harnessed culture to stretch accepted gender roles. Dr. de Vries continues to publish on Sforza, and her article, “Caterina Sforza: The shifting representation of a woman ruler in Early Modern Italy,” recently appeared in Lo Sguardo: Riviista di Filosofia 13/III (2013]. Her new research examines gender and material culture in sixteenth century Bologna. Related to this project is her essay, “Fashioning the Self in Early Modern Europe: Gender, Consumption, and Material Culture,” in the Journal of Women’s History, 23/4 (2011): 187-97.

As the Director of the Women’s Studies Program, Dr. de Vries organizes numerous events every semester that address women’s and gender issues across campus. This coming spring, the renowned feminist activist Gloria Steinem is coming to Auburn for two events, co-hosted by Women’s Studies and the Women’s Leadership Institute. Ms. Steinem is delivering the Extraordinary Women Lecture on Tuesday, February 18, 2014 at 4 p.m. in the Auburn Hotel and Conference Center (a free and unticketed lecture), and is the guest of honor and speaker at the Annual Women’s Studies Awards Luncheon the next day, February 19, at 11:45 in the Student Center ballroom (this is a ticketed event). For more information on these two events, as well as on other programming related to Ms. Steinem’s visit, see http://www.cla.auburn.edu/womensstudies/ and https://www.facebook.com/AUWomensStudies

Last Updated: August 09, 2016