Keren Hammerschlag


Assistant Teaching Professor and Researcher


Department of Art and Art History
General profile


Keren Rosa Hammerschlag is a Assistant Teaching Professor and Researcher in Art History and Women's and Gender Studies at Georgetown University. She is the Assistant Director of the Center for Jewish Civilization and a Faculty Affiliate in Residence in the Kennedy Institute of Ethics.

Her research interests focus on Victorian and Edwardian art and visual culture, gender and the body, and the medical humanities. She teaches courses on Art and Medicine, British Art, Jews in Nineteenth-Century Art, and Gender and the Body in Victorian Art.

Before coming to Georgetown she was a Wellcome Postdoctoral Research Fellow in the Centre for the Humanities and Health at King's College London. She completed her PhD at the Courtauld Institute of Art in 2011.

Her book, 'Frederic Leighton: Death, Mortality, Resurrection' (Ashgate; 2015), offers a pleasurably macabre counter-biography of the late Victorian period’s most institutionally powerful artist, Frederic Lord Leighton (1830-1896). By situating Leighton’s art in relation to contemporaneous debates about death and resurrection in theology, archaeology and medicine, this book reconsiders what it meant to be not just a late-Victorian neoclassicist and royal academician, but President of the Victorian Royal Academy.

She has published articles on Frederic Leighton in 'Nineteenth-Century Art Worldwide', 'Women: A Cultural Review' and 'Victorian Studies', and on Medical Portraiture in 'Visual Culture in Britain', 'Medical Humanities' and the 'British Art Journal'.'

She recently embarked on a new book project entitled 'Variations in Flesh Colour: Race, Evolution and Culture in Victorian Painting'.