Brigid Doherty

Associate Professor of German and Art & Archaeology
On Leave AY2023-24
Photo portrait of Brigid Doherty
Office Hours
On Leave AY 23-24
Courses Offered

Fall 2024

GER 372

Writing About Art (Rilke, Freud, Benjamin)


Brigid Doherty holds a joint appointment in German and Art & Archaeology. Professor Doherty came to Princeton in 2003 from her previous position as Associate Professor in the Department of the History of Art and the Humanities Center at The Johns Hopkins University. She is an Associated Faculty member in the School of Architecture, a member of the Executive Committees of the Program in European Cultural Studies and the Program in Media + Modernity, and a member of the Council on International Teaching and Research. From 2012 to 2019, she served as Director of the Program in European Cultural Studies. In 2019, she received the President’s Award for Distinguished Teaching.

Professor Doherty’s research and teaching focus on the interdisciplinary study of twentieth-century art and literature, with special emphasis on the history of German modernism and on relationships among the visual arts, literature, and aesthetic and psychoanalytic theories. In 2005, she held the inaugural Research Forum Visiting Professorship in Modern and Contemporary Art at the Courtauld Institute of Art in London. In 2006–07, she was the David and Roberta Logie Fellow at the Radcliffe Institute at Harvard University and an Affiliate Scholar at the Boston Psychoanalytic Society and Institute. In 2008, she was a participant in Manifesta 7, the European Biennial of Contemporary Art, for which she created the exhibition project Learning Things as a contribution to the group of “mini-museums” curated by Anselm Franke and Hila Peleg in Trento, Italy. In 2011 and 2015, she was a Fellow at the Zentrum für Literatur- und Kulturforschung in Berlin. In fall 2019, she will be a visiting scholar at the Max Planck Institute for the History of Science in Berlin, and in spring 2020 she will be the Holly Fellow at the Clark Art Institute in Williamstown, Massachusetts. Additional grants and fellowships include: ACLS, DAAD, Fulbright, Getty, NEH.

Current Research:

Professor Doherty is currently completing a book on contemporary artist Rosemarie Trockel’s “Rorschach Pictures” for the One Work series published by Afterall Books.

Selected Publications