Assistant Professor 助理教授
American Studies, School of Modern Languages and Cultures

Tel: 3917-4253
Office: Room 5.11, Run Run Shaw Tower, Centennial Campus

PhD The Graduate Center of The City University of New York

Dr. Monica Lee Steinberg teaches classes on modern and contemporary art as it intersects with technology, law, and the market, and student assignments frequently involve the realization of creative projects. Her research considers art, new media, and law of the late twentieth and early twenty-first centuries, with a specific focus on fictional attribution and humor in a global context. Dr. Steinberg’s writing has appeared in journals such as Grey Room, Art Journal, Art History, American Art, Oxford Art Journal, and elsewhere, and in exhibition catalogues such as the Venice Biennale’s Love Me, Love Me Not: Contemporary Art from Azerbaijan and its Neighbours and The Abstract Impulse: Fifty Years of Abstraction at the National Academy, 1956–2006.

For a list of publications, digital humanities projects, and other endeavors, see:

Modern and contemporary art

Art and pseudonymity, art and law, art and new media

Selected Publication

“Extralegal Portraiture: Surveillance, between Privacy and Expression,” Grey Room 87 (Spring 2022): 66–99.

“Coercive Disobedience: Art and Simulated Transgression,” Art Journal 80, no. 3 (Fall 2021): 78–99.

“Financial True Crime: Art, Para-journalism, and Data-Driven Storytelling,” Art History 44, no. 2 (April 2021): 256–284.

“Uncivil Obedience: Lowell Darling Follows the Law,” American Art 34, no. 1 (Spring 2020): 112–135.

“(Im)Personal Matters: Intimate Strangers and Affective Market Economies,” Oxford Art Journal 42, no. 1 (Spring 2019): 45–67.

“Naming: Heteronymy and the Imaginary Artists of George Herms,” American Art 32, no. 2 (Summer 2018): 24–51.

Past Courses

AMER2058 Art and law in the twentieth and twenty-first centuries

AMER2064 Art, time, and new media

AMER2065 Radical artistic practice in the shadow of Hollywood


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