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Elizabeth Howie

Professor, Visual Arts

Contact Elizabeth Howie
843-349-2750 ehowie@coastal.edu

Edwards Building (EHFA) 283

Spring 2024 Office Hours
Mondays/Tuesdays/Wednesdays 3:00 - 4:00pm
or by appointment. 
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Elizabeth Howie is a professor of art history and has taught Art History at Coastal Carolina University since 2008. She specializes in modern and contemporary art with an emphasis on the history and theory of photography. She received her Ph.D. from the University of North Carolina at Chapel Hill in 2007. Her essay “Bringing out the Past: Courtly Cruising and Nineteenth-Century Men’s Romantic Friendship Portraits” was published in Emotion, Design, and Material Culture (Berg, October 2014). She co-edited, with Ann Millett-Gallant, Disability and Art History (Routledge, 2016), which includes her essay “The Dandy Victorian: Yinka Shonibare’s Allegory of Disability and Passing.” Her essay “Indulgence and Refusal: Cuteness, Asceticism, and the Aestheticization of Desire,” was published in The Retro-Futurism of Cuteness (Punctum Books, 2017) coedited by Jen Boyle and Wan-Chuan Kao.


Ph.D., Art History, UNC-Chapel Hill, 2007

M.F.A., Studio Art (Ceramics), LSU-Baton Rouge, 1994

B.A., Studio Art and Psychology, UNC-CH, 1988

Selected Publications

“The Dandy Victorian: Yinka Shonibare, Disability, and Passing.” In Disability and Art History, ed. Ann-Millett Gallant and Elizabeth Howie. London: Ashgate/Routledge, 2016.

“Bringing Out the Past: Courtly Cruising and Nineteenth-Century American Men’s Passionate Friendship Portraits.” In Love Objects: Emotion, Design, and Material Culture, ed. Anna Moran and Sorcha O’Brien. London: Berg (Bloomsbury Academic), 2014.

“Abigail Solomon Godeau.” In Fifty Key Writers on Photography, ed. Mark Durden. London: Routledge, 2013.

“Proof of the Forgotten: A Benjaminian Reading of Daguerre’s Two Views of the Boulevard du Temple.” In Walter Benjamin and the Aesthetics of Change: An Interdisciplinary Approach, ed. Anca Pusca. New York: Palgrave MacMillan, 2010.

Teaching Areas

Survey of Western Art History, Renaissance-Present; Modern Art 1840-1940; Post-Modern and Contemporary Art, 1940-Present; History of Photography; Concepts in Art History; History and Theory of Contemporary Photography

Research Areas

modern and contemporary art history, photography history and theory, disability studies