Alison L Hilton


Wright Family Professor of Art History, Emeritus Faculty
Director, Art and Museum Studies M.A Program


Department of Art and Art History
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Alison L. Hilton is the Wright Family Professor of Art History.

Her major area of research and publication is Russian and Soviet art. She teaches courses in Russian art, modern European and American art; seminar topics include: Matisse, New Realism, Iconography of Modern Art, Modern Art and Public Issues, Art and Literature in the Late 19th Century, Art of the 1930s, Twentieth Century Women Artists, Cultural Cannibalism, Art Confronting Difference, Myth and Modern Art, Art of the 21st century, The Russian Avant-Garde, and Themes in Russian and East European Art. She developed the M.A. program's core course, Museum Studies Foundations.

Prior to joining the Georgetown faculty, Hilton held teaching positions at the University of Connecticut, Indiana University,and Wayne State University, and curatorial and research positions at the Hillwood Museum and the Hirshhorn Museum and Sculpture Garden in Washington DC. She has held several fellowships and academic exchanges in Russia, at Leningrad State University, Moscow State University, and the State Tretyakov Gallery.

Hilton's publications include a book on Russian Folk Art and articles and chapters on Impressionism, nonconformist art, women and gender issues in Soviet art,and studies of individual artists.


  • B.A. () Vassar College, Art History
  • M.A. () Columbia University, Art History and Archaeology
  • M.Phil. () Columbia University, Art History and Archaeology
  • Ph.D. () Columbia University, Art History and Archaeology


  • Russian (speak, read, write)