Jennifer Van Horn

Jennifer Van Horn

Assistant Professor

318 Old College
Department of Art History

(302) 831-1251



Jennifer Van Horn specializes in the fields of early American visual and material culture.  She teaches courses on eighteenth and nineteenth-century decorative arts, material culture theory and methodology,  the production of historical memory and archival practices.  She is also associated with the Smithsonian-Mason Masters Degree Program in the History of Decorative Arts.  She is presently at work on a book manuscript, Civility in a New World: Material Culture and the Making of America 1740-1780 which examines the ways that colonists in North American port cities used objects to make themselves more civil. Her new research projects include transatlantic portrait painters, the role of slaves and slavery in shaping early American portraiture, and early American prostheses (dentures and wooden legs.) A graduate of the Winterthur Program at the University of Delaware and the University of Virginia, Professor Van Horn previously worked at George Washington’s Mount Vernon and has taught at Towson University.

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