Faculty / College of Liberal Arts

Amy Converse

Associate Professor,
Coordinator, Art History

Dr. Amy Converse received her Ph.D in Contemporary Art History and Critical Theory from the University of California, Los Angeles under the supervision of Mary Kelly in 2006. Her doctoral thesis entailed a joint investigation of midcentury Modernist painting and art criticism, and Golden Age superhero comics from the same period.

She is the author of a diverse group of essays covering topics such as Relational Aesthetics, Contemporary Chinese Art, and more recently a lengthy monograph on the Mexican artist Joaquin Segura for Artillery Magazine (April 2013). Her current research interests include Latin American art, feminism, cannibalism and anthropology, and she has been Associate Professor and Coordinator of Art History at Woodbury University in Burbank, CA since 2006.

Dr. Converse (formerly Pederson) is also an independent curator specializing in Latin American Art. Her solo projects include La Quebradora: Lucha Libre in Contemporary Mexican Art at the Mission Cultural Center for Latino Art in San Francisco (2012), and, together with Ed Gomez and Luis G. Hernandez, she is a co-curator of the ongoing MexiCali Biennial exhibition project (www.mexicalibiennial.org).


Ph.D., Modern & Contemporary Art History University of California, Los Angeles
MA, Art History, University of British Columbia (Vancouver, Canada)
BA, Art History University of British Columbia