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Amy Lyford

Professor, Art and Art History

Lyford is the author of Surrealist Masculinities: Gender Anxiety and the Aesthetics of Post-World War I Reconstruction in France (2007).


  • Office: Johnson 113
  • Email: alyford@oxy.edu
  • Phone: (323) 259-2861

Education: B.A., Pomona College; M.A., Boston University; Ph.D., U.C. Berkeley

She is the author of the book entitled Isamu Noguchi's Modernism: Negotiating Race, Labor, and Nation, 1930-1950, published with University of California Press in 2013;, and awarded the 2015 Charles C. Eldredge Prize from the Smithsonian American Art Museum. Her research engages with the history of photography and photojournalism; issues of gender, identity and race in 20th-century U.S. art; and the intersections between sculpture, architecture, and urban space.

Her courses at Occidental include European Visual Culture, 1900-1945; contemporary art; History and Theory of Photography; Architecture, Urbanism, and the Politics of Space in Los Angeles; and Representing Landscapes of California. Her research has been supported by grants from the National Endowment for the Humanities, the Fulbright Foundation, the Kress Foundation, the Mellon Foundation, and the Social Science Research Council.