Keren Hammerschlag

Assistant teaching professor and researcher

Keren Rosa Hammerschlag is the Assistant Director of the Center for Jewish Civilization at Georgetown University. She is also Assistant Teaching Professor and Researcher in Art History and Women's and Gender Studies in addition to being a Faculty Affiliate in Residence in the Kennedy Institute of Ethics. She teaches courses on Art and Medicine, British Art, Colonialism and the Art of Race, 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 2010. 

She is the author of ‘Frederic Leighton: Death, Mortality, Resurrection’ (Ashgate, 2015), along with various articles on Victorian neoclassicism and medical portraiture. Her current book project, ‘The Colour of Empire,’ uses Victorian colonial painting to elucidate the complex nature of race relations in Great Britain and the former British Empire.


ARTH-247 Jews in 19th Century Art and Culture

In this course we utilise a rich array of visual and literary sources to grapple with the complexities of the Jew experiences of emancipation, assimilation, nostalgia and Otherness during the nineteenth century. With a focus on England and France, we take an object-based approach as we traverse the major historical shifts in the status of Jews from the French Revolution until World War One. We examine works by Jewish artists and writers, as well as works by non-Jewish artists and writers about Jews, Jewry and Judaism. Topics of enquiry include: romanticizing the shtetl; Jews at the Royal Academy and Paris Salon; caricaturing the Jewish ‘race’; Francis Galton at the Jewish Free School; Simeon Solomon on trial; Impressionism and the Dreyfus Affair; Henri Toulouse-Lautrec versus Alphonse de Rothschild; Sarah Bernhardt and other Jewesses on stage.