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Nicole Scalissi

Nicole Scalissi

Assistant Professor, Latinx/Afro-Latinx Art Histories, Contemporary Art Histories


Assistant Professor
Art and Design
Office Phone(909) 537-5807
Office LocationVA-212

Office Hours

Monday: 15:00-18:00


Nicole F. Scalissi (she/her) is a historian of contemporary art. Her research focuses on performance, intervention, and installation art that deals with issues of violence, Latinx/Afro-Latinx identities, and representation in the United States, in Aztlán, and at the border shared with Mexico. Her teaching extends to contemporary art of the Americas, modern and contemporary art in a global context, and histories of social practice art. Dr. Scalissi is a community-engaged scholar, and her courses often produce mutually-beneficial projects with local communities.


PhD, University of Pittsburgh, History of Art and Architecture (2019)

MA, The Pennsylvania State University, Art History 

BA, University of Pittsburgh, History of Art and Architecture (Honors)

AA, Orange Coast College, Humanities 


Identity and representation, Latinx and Afro-Latinx art histories, art of the United States and borderland/la frontera, Contemporary art of the Americas, global Contemporary art, social practice, performance art, art activism and social justice.

Research and Teaching Interests

"Look and Look Again: Teaching, Learning, and Collecting to Expand “American” Art," in Making Art: Familiar Art, New Stories (Summer 2024)

"Considering Unseen Violence: Zanele Muholi’s Faces and Phases," in Gender Violence, Art, and the Viewer: An Intervention (The Pennsylvania State University Press, 2024)

“'Real violence': Jordan Wolfson, Virtual Reality, and the Privilege of Allegory,” in The Palgrave Handbook of Violence in Film and Media (Palgrave, 2022), p.493-508

“‘An Imagined Border of Safety, Humanitarian Relief, and Creativity’: J.M. Design Studio’s ‘Other Border Wall Project,’” Contemporaneity: Historical Presence in Visual Culture volume 7 (2018)

“From #MeToo to What Now?: Coping With Sexualized Violence in Art History,” Constellations (November 2018)

“Review: Firelei Báez: Bloodlines,” Contemporaneity: Historical Presence in Visual Culture volume 6 (2017)