Jennifer Olmsted received her PhD in art history from Northwestern University. At Wayne State, she teaches courses on European art of the eighteenth, nineteenth, and twentieth centuries, American art from 1900 to 1960, theory and criticism, and the introductory survey of Western art from the Renaissance to the present. She has also taught a seminar on portraiture in modern and early modern art.
Dr. Olmsted’s research focuses on imperialism, masculinity, and modernity in early nineteenth-century French art. Her article on political authority in Eugène Delacroix’s portrait of Sultan Abd er-Rahman of Morocco appears in The Art Bulletin (March 2009). She has also published essays on the tensions between public and private self-presentation in July Monarchy portraits and on the impact of modernity on Delacroix’s Orientalism. Her manuscript for a book on the politics of masculinity in Delacroix’s paintings of Moroccan men is currently under review. She has received grants from the Samuel H. Kress Foundation and the American Philosophical Society, as well as two grants from Wayne State University.