Justin Wolff


B.A., Bowdoin College, 1992

Ph.D., Princeton University, 1999


Justin Wolff is Professor of Art History at the University of Maine. He teaches courses on modern, contemporary, and American art as well as art theory and criticism. His research focuses on nineteenth- and twentieth-century American art and culture. Among his publications are Richard Caton Woodville: American Painter, Artful Dodger (Princeton University Press, 2002); “The Politics of American Modernism,” a chapter in Art in America: 300 Years of Innovation (Guggenheim, 2007); Thomas Hart Benton: A Life (Farrar, Straus & Giroux, 2012); “A Strange Familiarity: Alexander Forbes and the Aesthetics of Amateur Film,” in Amateur Movie Making: Aesthetics of the Everyday in New England Film, 1915–1960 (Indiana University Press, 2017); and Rufus Porter’s Curious World: Art and Invention in America, 1815-1860 (co-author and co-editor, Penn State University Press, 2019). He also publishes art criticism and book and exhibition reviews.

Before coming to UMaine, Professor Wolff worked as a journalist, taught in the Expository Writing Program at Harvard University, and served as the Joanne Leonhardt Cassullo Assistant Professor of Art History at Roanoke College in Virginia. He has been a National Endowment for the Humanities Research Fellow and served as Director of the McGillicuddy Humanities Center at the University of Maine from 2012-2014.