Art & Design

Natalie Loveless

Assistant Professor, History of Art, Design and Visual Culture (HADVC)

Office: 3-85 Fine Arts Building

Areas of Teaching and Research

Visual and Performance Studies; Psychoanalysis; Literary, Feminist and Queer Theory; Gender and Sexuality; Radical and Critical Pedagogy; Feminist Art; New Genres; Intervention; Performance and Action Art; Art as Social Practice; Practice-Led Research and Research-Creation

Natalie Loveless with Donna Haraway, keynote speaker for the 2014 'Think Tank', "Knowings and Knots: Methodologies + Ecologies in Research Creation."


PhD (History of Consciousness/History of Art and Visual Culture), University of California, Santa Cruz, 2010; MFA (Interdisciplinary Studio/Performance Art), School of the Museum of Fine Arts, Boston, 2004; MA (Contemporary Art History and Theory), Tufts University, 2004

Natalie S. Loveless is an associate professor in the department of Art and Design (History of Art, Design, and Visual Culture) at the University of Alberta, Canada, where she also directs the Research-Creation and Social Justice CoLABoratory ( funded by the Kule Institute for Advanced Study (KIAS). Receiving her Ph.D. in History of Consciousness at UC Santa Cruz (2010), she has taught at the University of California, Santa Cruz, Western University, Wilfred Laurier University, and the San Francisco Art Institute. She has held residencies and research fellowships at Utrecht University (Center for the Humanities), the University of California, Irvine (SECT), the Western Front (curatorial), and the Banff Center for the Arts (The Future of Idea Art). At the University of Alberta, she has taught courses on Feminist Art, Performance Art, Art as Social Practice and the Pedagogical Turn in the Arts, Gender, Sexuality, Race, & Visual Culture, Art and the Anthropocene, and Research-Creation as Interdisciplinary Method. She recently completed a three-part curatorial project, New Maternalisms (, and the multi-year Immune Nations project that culminated with an exhibition at UNAIDS in Geneva ( Loveless’ forthcoming book, “How to Make Art at the End of the World: A Manifesto for Research-Creation” (Duke University Press), examines debates surrounding research-creation and its institutionalization, paying particular attention to what it means – and why it matters – to make and teach art research-creationally in the North American university today. In fall 2018 she will begin a visiting position at Concordia University (Montreal) at the Centre for Interdisciplinary Studies in Society and Culture (CISSC), and she is currently co-lead of Speculative Energy Futures, a multi-year project that is part of the Just Powers initiative led by Dr. Sheena Wilson and funded in part by the Future Energy Systems CFREF and a SSHRC Insight grant (

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