Alexis Boylan

Associate Professor of Art History and Women’s, Gender, and Sexuality Program

Associate Director of the Humanities Institute

Art & Art History Department

Alexis L. Boylan is an Associate Professor in the Department of Art and Art History and the Women’s, Gender, and Sexuality Studies Program at the University of Connecticut and the Associate Director of the Humanities Institute. Dr. Boylan’s research and teaching focus is art and popular culture produced and circulated in the United States with particular emphasis on issues of race, gender, and sexuality. She is the author of Ashcan Art, Whiteness, and the Unspectacular Man (Bloomsbury Academic, 2017) and the editor of Thomas Kinkade: The Artist in the Mall (Duke University Press, 2011). Dr. Boylan has also written for journals such as American Art, Journal of Curatorial Studies, MELUS, CAA.REVIEWS, and Woman’s Art Journal. She is currently at work on curating an exhibition about painter Ellen Emmet Rand and beginning a book project on the art of the American Museum of Natural History.


  1. The Business of Bodies: Ellen Emmet Rand and the Persuasion of Portraiture
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