Nancy Palm received her PhD in Art History and American Studies from Indiana University in 2011, after receiving her MA in Art History from the University of Wisconsin and BA in Art History from Southern Illinois University. Her dissertation, “Racial Politics, the National Landscape, and Thomas Cole’s Indian Subjects,” explores the landscape paintings of Hudson River School founder, Thomas Cole, and illuminates the artist’s fascination with Native American subjects and the role his artwork played in perpetuating stereotyped understandings of Native Americans in the nineteenth century. Among other publications, Dr. Palm’s essay, “Forging American History: Landscape Paintings, Native Americans, and National Identity,” appeared in an anthology entitled Shifting Borders: Collected Essays on Boundaries Within Visual Culture (Cambridge Scholars Press, 2007).
Dr. Palm has received multiple grants and fellowships, including research fellowships at the Smithsonian American Art Museum and the Amon Carter Museum of American Art. Her research focuses on the visual representation of race in the United States, with a particular focus on Native Americans and Indian stereotypes in nineteenth-century American art and literature. Dr. Palm has also given numerous presentations at conferences and symposia on topics including American landscape painting, nationalism and art of the American West, and transnational music traditions in African American painting.
At UNCP, Dr. Palm teaches a range of art history courses, including a survey of art, contemporary art, art of the United States, nineteenth-century art, twentieth-century art, and Native American art. Before joining the art faculty at UNCP, Dr. Palm taught art history courses at the University of Rochester and Southern Illinois University in Carbondale.