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Dr. Catherine Wilkins

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An alumna of USF, Dr. Wilkins received her BA in Humanities in the year 2000, before attending Tulane University in New Orleans, where she earned a MA in Art History and a Ph.D. in Interdisciplinary History. As a graduate student, Dr. Wilkins lived abroad in Germany and Spain, and traveled extensively throughout Europe and Central and South America. She held fellowships at the Freie Universität Berlin as well as the Murphy Institute for Studies in Ethics and Public Affairs. Dr. Wilkins was a faculty member for several years at the University of Colorado Boulder and Florida Southwestern State College before joining the Judy Genshaft Honors College in 2015.
Dr. Wilkins' scholarly work focuses on 19th century to contemporary visual and literary culture, and its intersection with sociopolitical issues. She is interested in considering how the arts can serve as manifestations of the ways an individual or group processes and represents their lived experience at a historical moment in time, as well as a means by which people exert influence over the future. Therefore, Dr. Wilkins regularly seeks to build connections between historical artistic productions and contemporary culture, values, practices, and ideas through the inclusion of pop culture, technology, field trips, and hands-on activities. Some of her favorite courses to teach are: "New Media, Art, and Culture," which explores the artistic and social impact of technologies from photography to video games and virtual reality; "The Romantic Spirit," which examines manifestations of Romanticism's philosophy and aesthetics in examples ranging from Delacroix, Shelley, and Keats to Buffy the Vampire Slayer, Aladdin, and Banksy; and "Florida, A Cultural History of Place," which takes students from Tocobaga Indian mounds to migrant farmers' camps to Weeki Wachee Springs in search of a better understanding of the state we call home.

Dr. Wilkins is deeply engaged in service-learning and community-based teaching practices. She offers two signature Capstone courses in the Judy Genshaft Honors College that align with these interests: Connections, offered in partnership with the Tampa Museum of Art, in which students learn to facilitate experiences with art for museum visitors diagnosed with Alzheimer's disease, PTSD, and depression; and How to Make History, where students help digitize the collection of the Gulf Beaches Historical Museum, create exhibits, and collect contemporary histories for a web-based archive.
Dr. Wilkins' diverse range of interests can also be seen in her record of publication, which includes articles such as "Connections: Building Partnerships with
Museums to Promote Intergenerational Service Learning and Alzheimer’s
Care, “Where You Come From is Gone: Reinhabiting the Ruins of the Native South,""Performing Art History's Problems with New Media," "Morality, Mortality, and Materialism: An Art Historian Watches Mad Men," as well as her book, Landscape Imagery, Politics, and Identity in a Divided Germany, 1968-1989 (Ashgate, 2013).

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