Charissa Terranova

Charissa Terranova


  • contemporary art and architecture
  • conceptual art
  • theories of the avant-garde
  • urbanism and art
  • media and new media theory


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Charissa Terranova, Ph.D. School of Arts and Humanities

Assistant Professor of Aesthetic Studies

Charissa N. Terranova lectures and teaches seminars on art and architectural history, theory, and criticism and media and new media theory. She is a scholarly writer and freelance curator and critic working both nationally and internationally, and serves as the editor of Art, Architecture, and New Media Studies for the scholarly journal "Transfers: New Mobility Studies." In January 2010, she stepped down from the position of Founding Director and Chief Curator of Centraltrak: The UT Dallas Artists Residency in order to complete her scholarly manuscript.

Dr. Terranova’s book-length manuscript on the automobile and perception, "Automotive Prosthetic: The Car, Technological Mediation, and the Conceptual Turn in Art, 1951-Present," is currently under consideration for publication. The book focuses on conceptual art, the aesthetic experience of seeing the world in motion through the car window, and the global political economy of the car in the post-WW II period.

Terranova, a recipient of a prestigious Fulbright Grant, holds degrees in architectural theory and history from Harvard University and art history from the University of Illinois at Chicago and the University of Tennessee at Knoxville.

Updated: November 29, 2011