Alison L Hilton


Wright Family Professor of Art History
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 and director of Georgetown's M.A. Program in Art and Museum Studies

Her major area of research and publication is Russian and Soviet art. She teaches courses in Russian art, modern European and American art, and seminars on special topics, including:
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, The Russian Avant-Garde, Art of the 21st Century, and Myth and Modern 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, Storrs; Indiana University, Bloomington; and Wayne State University, Detroit, and curatorial and research positions at the Hillwood Museum and the Hirshhorn Museum and Sculpture Garden, 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 book Russian Folk Art and articles and chapters on Impressionism, nonconformist art and on women and gender issues in Soviet art. She is working on a book on Russian Impressionism and an edited volume on myth and modern art.


  • 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)