Barbara Stafford is the William B. Ogden Distinguished Service Professor in the Department of Art History at the University of Chicago. Professor Stafford is a writer, historian and curator whose work investigates key intersections between the arts, sciences, and myriad visual technologies from the seventeenth century to the contemporary era. She has written extensively on visual culture and is the author of several books including Body Criticism (1991), Artful Science (1994), and Good Looking (1996). Stafford is co-curator of the exhibition "Devices of Wonder: From the World in a Box to Images on a Screen," at the Getty Museum in 2001. She has received awards and fellowships from numerous institutions including the Smithsonian Institute, Guggenheim Foundation and the Getty Research Institute. Stafford is currently a fellow at Wissenschaftskolleg in Berlin, Germany. Barbara Stafford holds an MA degree from Northwestern University and a PhD from the University of Chicago.
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