Katie Hornstein

Academic Appointments

Associate Professor of Art History

Professor Hornstein is a specialist of nineteenth-century French art and visual culture.  Her teaching and research interests include the history of war imagery, nineteenth-century technologies of visual reproduction (print media and photography) and their interaction with more established media, such as painting, the rise of early mass culture, reception theory and history, nineteenth-century material culture, and most recently, the representation of animals.  Professor Hornstein's current book project, Leonine Encounters in Nineteenth-Century France, examines how visual representations of lions provided the basis for approaching a very human set of questions, including most notably issues related to sovereignty, empire and spectacle.   

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Professor Hornstein is on leave for 2018-2019

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206 Carpenter Hall
HB 6033
Art History
B.A. University of California, Berkeley
Ph.D. University of Michigan

Selected Publications


Picturing War in France, 1792-1856, Yale University Press, 2018.

"Introduction," and "Horace Vernet and the Problem of Facilité," in Horace Vernet and the Thresholds of Nineteenth-Century Visual Culture, eds. Daniel Harkett and Katie Hornstein (Hanover, N.H: University Press of New England, 2017).


"From Museum to Menagerie: Théodore Géricault and the Leonine Subject," The Art Bulletin, 2019 101:1, 26-47.  

“Suspended Collectivity: Horace Vernet’s The Crossing the Arcole Bridge (1826),” Art History 72:3 (June: 2014): 429-453. (Official Commendation, Malcolm Bowie Prize, French Historical Studies)

« Le Diagraphe et Pantographe de Charles Gavard et l’âge de la reproduction mécanique visuelle en France, » Revue histoire de l’art 71 (2012): 73-83.  

“Just Violence? Jacques Callot’s Grandes Misères et Malheurs de la Guerre,” University of Michigan Museums of Art and Archaeology Bulletin, Volume XVI (2005-2006): 29-48.


Editor of ANIMAL (issue 7: Spring 2018) Journal 18.  

"The Territorial Imaginary of the Revolutionary and Napoleonic Wars," in Visual Culture of the Revolutionary and Napoleonic Wars, eds. Satish Padiyar, Philip Shaw, Philippa Simpson (London: Routlege, 2016), 13-24. 

“Horace Vernet’s Capture of the Smahla (1845): Reportage and Actuality in the Early French Illustrated Press,” in Getting the Picture: The History and Visual Culture of the News, edited by Jason Hill and Vanessa Schwartz (London: Bloomsbury, 2015), 246-251. 

 “An Unhappy Rivalry: Art and Industry at the Exposition Universelle of 1855 in Paris,” in Meet Me at the Fair: A World’s Fair Reader, edited by Celia Pearce and Laura Hollengreen (Pittsburgh: Carnegie-Mellon ETC University Press, 2014), 169-174.  

Book reviews: 

Commissioned book review: Stephen Bann, Distinguished Images: Prints and the Visual Economy in Nineteenth-Century France. New Haven and London: Yale University Press, 2013. H-France, 2014.

Commissioned book review: Richard Taws, The Politics of the Provisional: Art and Ephemera in Revolutionary France. University Park: Pennsylvania State University Press, 2013. CAA Reviews, 2014.

Commissioned book review: Conflicting Visions: War and Visual Culture in Britain and France, c. 1700-1830. Edited by John Bonehill and Geoff Quilley.  Ashgate: London, 2005. Montage, 2008: http://www.uiowa.edu/~montage/issues/2008/

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Works in progress

“Fecundity, Ferocity, and the Family Politics of Jean-Baptiste Huet’s A Lion and His Female Nursing Their Cubs (1802),” in Time, Media, and Visuality in Post-Revolutionary France, ed. Iris Moon and Richard Taws (London: Bloomsbury, expected 2020)

Leonine Encounters in Nineteenth-Century France, 1793-1900, book manuscript in progress

"The Lion of Belfort, Max Ernst’s Une semaine de bonté, and Revolutionary Time," for a special issue of Nineteenth-Century French Studies entitled "La Commune n'est pas morte...," edited by Robert St. Clair and Seth Whidden.

Selected works and activities

ACLS Fellowship, 2018-2019

John M. Manley Huntington Award for Newly Tenured Faculty, 2018 

Jacobus Family Award, 2018