Faculty & Staff Directory
Title: Associate Professor
Areas of Expertise
18th and 19th Century visual and material culture, history and theory of design and decorative arts; cross-cultural artistic contact; histories of collecting and display
PhD, Art History, University of Southern California, 2004
MA, Art History, University of Southern California, 2001
BA, Art History, Scripps College, 1995
Professional Publications & Contributions
Professor Sloboda is a specialist in eighteenth- and nineteenth-century British visual and material culture, with research interests in the history of design and the decorative arts, geographies of art, and global design history. Her book Chinoiserie: Commerce and Critical Ornament in Eighteenth-Century Britain was published by Manchester University Press in 2014. She writes widely on eighteenth- and nineteenth-century art and design, including articles in the Journal of Design History, the British Art Journal, and Eighteenth-Century Studies.
Professor Sloboda is currently researching artists and artisans working in and around St. Martin's Lane for a book on the geography of the London art world in the mid-eighteenth century. She is the co-editor with Dr. Michael Yonan of Eighteenth-Century Art Worlds: Global and Local Geographies of Art (Bloomsbury, 2019), and is the editor of A Cultural History of Interiors in the Age of Enlightenment, 1650-1800, forthcoming in Bloomsbury’s “Cultural Histories” series.
Professor Sloboda’s has held fellowships from the Kress Foundation, the Huntington Library, the Yale Center for British Art, the American Philosophical Society, the Paul Mellon Centre for Studies in British Art, and the Victoria and Albert Museum. She is a member of the Editorial Board for Bloomsbury's The Material Culture of Art and Design book series and is the Specialist Reader on eighteenth-century topics for the Historians of British Art Book Prize Committee.
Courses Taught at UMB
ART 230: Architecture, Design, and Society
ART 235: History of Global Design
ART 315: Eighteenth-Century Art
ART 317: Nineteenth-Century Art