Wesleyan portrait of Elizabeth  Milroy

Elizabeth Milroy

Professor of Art History, Emerita


BA Queens University
MA Williams College
PHD University of Pennsylvania

Elizabeth Milroy

Elizabeth Milroy teaches the history of art and material culture in North America. Her courses range from general surveys of art in the United States and Canada from First Contact to 1945, to courses treating the history of sculpture and courses in the history of cultural landscapes and historic preservation to advanced seminars in cultural institutions and exhibitionary practices as well as the work of individual artists such as Thomas Eakins and Georgia O'Keeffe. She also teaches a junior colloquium on material culture studies for the America Studies program. A specialist in the history of cultural institutions and cultural landscapes in the United States, in particular those in Philadelphia, she has organized exhibitions and has published numerous articles and catalogue essays. Her most recent publications include "For the like Uses, as the Moore-Fields: The Politics of Penns Squares,"in The Pennsylvania Magazine of History and Biography (2006); "Repairing the Myth and Reality of Penn's Squares: 1800-1850," in Change Over Time (2011). Her essay, "Pro Bono Publico: Ecology, History and the Creation of Philadelphia's Fairmount Park System" is forthcoming in Nature's Entrepot: Philadelphia's Urban Sphere and its Environmental Thresholds, edited by Michael Chiarrappa and Brian Black (University of Pittsburgh Press; for 2012). Her current book project is "The Grid and the River: A History of Philadelphia's Green Spaces, 1682-1882."

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