Bio


Areas of Specialization:
20th-century American art and visual culture

Academic Appointments


  • Professor, Art & Art History

Administrative Appointments


  • Ethics Faculty Fellowship, Stanford University (2013 - 2014)
  • Robert and Ruth Halperin Professor in Art History, Stanford University (2012 - Present)
  • Adjunct Professor of Art History, University of Southern California (2012 - 2017)
  • Terra Foundation for American Art Visiting Professor, Courtauld Institute of Art, London (2010 - 2010)
  • Director, Visual Studies Graduate Certificate, University of Southern California (2008 - 2011)
  • Director, The Contemporary Project, University of Southern California (2007 - 2012)
  • Visiting Associate Professor, University of Pennsylvania, Department of History of Art (2006 - 2007)
  • Visiting Associate Professor, Stanford University, Department of Art and Art History (2004 - 2004)
  • Acting Chair, Department of Art History, University of Southern California (2003 - 2003)
  • Associate Professor, Art History and Fine Arts; Affiliated Faculty in American Studies and Ethnicity, University of Southern California (2002 - 2012)
  • Postdoctoral Fellowship, Getty Research Institute for the History of Art and the Humanities (1998 - 1998)
  • Assistant Professor, University of Southern California (1996 - 2002)
  • Visiting Lecturer, Columbia University, Department of Art History and Archaeology (1996 - 1996)
  • American Council of Learned Societies (ACLS) Dissertation Fellowship in American Art, Henry Luce Foundation (1994 - 1995)
  • Chester Dale Dissertation Fellowship, Metropolitan Museum of Art (1993 - 1994)
  • Jacob K. Javits Fellowship for the Humanities, United States Department of Education (1989 - 1993)

Honors & Awards


  • Art Journal Award for “Artists Sometimes Have Feelings", College Art Association (2008)
  • Mellon Award for Excellence in Undergraduate Mentoring, University of Southern California (2006)
  • Charles C. Eldredge Prize for Outstanding Scholarship in American Art, Smithsonian American Art Museum (2003)
  • Phi Kappi Phi Faculty Recognition Award, Stanford University (2003)
  • Finalist, Charles Rufus Morey Book Award, College Art Association (2003)
  • Finalist, Lambda Literary Award, Visual Arts (2003)
  • First Annual Passing-the-Torch Award, Center for Lesbian and Gay Studies (CLAGS), City University of New York (2000)
  • Albert S. Raubenheimer Award for outstanding teaching, research, and service, University of Southern California (1999)
  • USC Fund for Innovative Undergraduate Teaching (for curating course), University of Southern California (2009-2010)

Boards, Advisory Committees, Professional Organizations


  • Affiliate, International Association of Art Critics (AICA)
  • Affiliate, College Art Association (CAA)
  • Affiliate, Queer Caucus for Art (Affiliated Society of CAA)
  • Affiliate, American Studies Association (ASA)
  • Affiliate, Association of Historians of American Art (Affiliated Society of CAA)
  • Grant Reviewer, CAL Arts/Herb Alpert Award in the Arts.
  • Grant Reviewer, Creative Capital/Andy Warhol Foundation Arts Writers Grant Program
  • Grant Reviewer, Getty Research Institute Residential Scholarship
  • Grant Reviewer, J. Paul Getty Grant Program
  • Grant Reviewer, American Academy in Berlin
  • Manuscript Reviewer, Art Journal
  • Manuscript Reviewer, University of Chicago Press
  • Manuscript Reviewer, GLQ: A Journal of Lesbian and Gay Studies
  • Manuscript Reviewer, Blackwell Press
  • Manuscript Reviewer, The Art Bulletin
  • Manuscript Reviewer, University of California Press
  • Manuscript Reviewer, Duke University Press
  • Manuscript Reviewer, Rutgers University Press
  • Manuscript Reviewer, Gender and History
  • Manuscript Reviewer, American Art
  • Manuscript Reviewer, Columbia University Press
  • Manuscript Reviewer, Museum of Modern Art
  • Manuscript Reviewer, Theatre Journal
  • Manuscript Reviewer, University of Minnesota Press
  • Manuscript Reviewer, Manchester University Press
  • Manuscript Reviewer, MIT Press
  • Manuscript Reviewer, Getty Research Institute
  • Tenure and Promotion Reviewer, Northwestern University
  • Tenure and Promotion Reviewer, Harvard University
  • Tenure and Promotion Reviewer, University of California, Los Angeles
  • Tenure and Promotion Reviewer, University of Toledo
  • Tenure and Promotion Reviewer, Columbia University, School of the Arts
  • Tenure and Promotion Reviewer, Yale University
  • Tenure and Promotion Reviewer, University of Chicago
  • Tenure and Promotion Reviewer, Bryn Mawr College
  • Tenure and Promotion Reviewer, University of California, Irvine
  • Tenure and Promotion Reviewer, University of Minnesota
  • Tenure and Promotion Reviewer, University of Michigan
  • Tenure and Promotion Reviewer, Indiana University
  • Tenure and Promotion Reviewer, Rice University
  • Tenure and Promotion Reviewer, University of Pennsylvania
  • Tenure and Promotion Reviewer, Barnard College
  • Tenure and Promotion Reviewer, Wayne State University
  • Member, Dissertation Fellowship Selection Committee, Stanford Humanities Center, Stanford University (2013 - 2013)
  • Member, Gallery Committee, Stanford University (2012 - Present)
  • Faculty Chair, Stanford in Washington (Arts) (2012 - 2013)
  • Member, Search Committee, Emerging Practices in Design, Stanford University (2012 - 2013)
  • Member, Selection Committee, American Council of Learned Societies/Henry Luce Foundation Dissertation Fellowship in America Art (2012 - 2013)
  • Member, 2012 Los Angeles CAA Centennial Committee, College Art Association (2010 - 2012)
  • Member, Graduate 2nd Year Review Committee, University of Southern California Department of Art History (2010 - 2011)
  • Member, Search Committee, Modern and Contemporary Art, University of Southern California Department of Art History (2010 - 2011)
  • Member, Women’s Caucus for Art, College Art Association (2009 - 2012)
  • Member, Advisory Committee, International Museum Institute, University of Southern California (2009 - 2011)
  • Member, Pacific Standard Time Advisory Committee, Getty Research Institute (2009 - 2011)
  • Chair, Personnel Committee, Art History, University of Southern California Department of Art History (2009 - 2010)
  • Graduate Recruitment Officer, University of Southern California Department of Art History (2009 - 2010)
  • Member, Provost’s Advisory Committee, Search for Dean, Roski School of Fine Arts, University of Southern California (2009 - 2010)
  • Evaluator, Advancing Scholarship in the Humanities and Social Sciences, University of Southern California (2009 - 2009)
  • Co-Director, Yale Initiative for the Study of Material and Visual Cultures of Religion (2008 - 2011)
  • Director, Visual Studies Graduate Certificate, University of Southern California (2008 - 2011)
  • Member, Provost’s Committee on Interdsiciplinary Hiring, University of Southern California (2008 - 2011)
  • Member, Selection Committee, Provostial Ph.D. Fellowships, University of Southern California (2008 - 2010)
  • Member, Faculty Merit Review Committee, University of Southern California Department of Art History (2008 - 2009)
  • Member, Search Committee, Mellon Postdoctoral Fellowship, Art History, University of Southern California Department of Art History (2008 - 2009)
  • Evaluator, Advancing Scholarship in the Humanities and Social Sciences, University of Southern California (2008 - 2008)
  • Director, The Contemporary Project, University of Southern California (2007 - 2012)
  • Graduate Recruitment Officer, University of Southern California Department of Art History (2007 - 2008)
  • Evaluator, Advancing Scholarship in the Humanities and Social Sciences, University of Southern California (2007 - 2007)
  • Member, Editorial Board, Images: A Journal of Jewish Visual Culture (2006 - Present)
  • Juror, Third Annual Patricia and Philip Frost Essay Award, Smithsonian American Art Museum (2006 - 2007)
  • Member, Undergraduate Evaluation Board, Department of History of Art, University of Pennsylvania (2006 - 2007)
  • Member, Diversity Practices Committee, College Art Association (2005 - 2007)
  • Chair, Ph.D. Admissions and Recruitment Committee, University of Southern California Department of Art History (2005 - 2006)
  • Founding Director, Visual Studies Graduate Certificate, University of Southern California (2005 - 2006)
  • Member, College Graduate Programs Advisory Committee, University of Southern California (2005 - 2006)
  • Member, Roski School of Fine Arts, Third-Year Review Committee for Prof. Charlie Whit, University of Southern California (2005 - 2006)
  • Mentor, Mellon-Mays Undergraduate Fellowship Program, University of Southern California (2005 - 2006)
  • Member, Editorial Board, American Art (2004 - 2008)
  • Member, Public Art Committee, School of Fine Arts, University of Southern California (2004 - 2006)
  • Faculty Merit Review Committee, University of Southern California Department of Art History (2004 - 2005)
  • Member, Graduate Studies and Review Committee, University of Southern California Department of Art History (2004 - 2005)
  • Member, Undergraduate Curriculum Committee, University of Southern California Department of Art History (2004 - 2005)
  • Chair, Steering Committee, Literary, Visual, and Material Culture Initiative, University of Southern California (2003 - 2006)
  • Member, Distinguished Lifetime Achievement Award for Writing on Art Committee, College Art Association (2003 - 2006)
  • Acting Department Chair, University of Southern California Department of Art History (2003 - 2003)
  • Member, Joint Art History/Classics/Religion Search Committee, University of Southern California Department of Art History (2003 - 2003)
  • Member, Residential Scholars Selection Committee, Getty Research Institute (2003 - 2003)
  • Contributing editor, Studies in Gender and Sexuality (2002 - 2005)
  • Advisor, Visual Culture Minor, University of Southern California Department of Art History (2002 - 2004)
  • Chair, 3rd year review committee for Prof. Lillian Lan-Ying Tseng, University of Southern California Department of Art History (2002 - 2003)
  • Dean’s Consultative Committee for Selection of Art History Department Chair, University of Southern California Department of Art History (2002 - 2003)
  • Member, Joint Art History/Classics Search Comimttee, University of Southern California Department of Art History (2002 - 2002)
  • Member, Steering Committee, Center for Feminist Research, University of Southern California (2001 - 2003)
  • Member, Ph.D. Admissions Committee, University of Southern California Department of Art History (2001 - 2002)
  • Member, Search committee, Korean Art, University of Southern California Department of Art History (2001 - 2002)
  • Member, Editorial Board, Documents: A Journal of Art, Culture, and Criticism (2000 - 2003)
  • Member, Faculty Council, College of Letters, Arts, and Sciences, University of Southern California (2000 - 2002)
  • Member, Search Committee, African-American Art and Visual Culture, University of Southern California Department of Art History (2000 - 2001)
  • Member, Search Committee, Chinese art and Intellectual History, University of Southern California Department of Art History (1999 - 2000)
  • Member, Search committee, 19th century European Art, University of Southern California Department of Art History (1998 - 1999)
  • Member, Fisher Gallery Advisory Committee, University of Southern California (1997 - 2001)
  • Advisor, Visual Culture Minor, University of Southern California Department of Art History (1997 - 2000)
  • Member, Search committee, 17th and 18th century European Art, University of Southern California Department of Art History (1997 - 1998)
  • Faculty chair, USC Art History Lecture Series, University of Southern California Department of Art History (1996 - 1998)
  • Ph.D. Admissions Committee, University of Southern California Department of Art History (1996 - 1998)
  • Faculty interviewer for President's Undergraduate Fellowship, University of Southern California (1996 - 1997)
  • Member, Grade Appeals Panel, College of Letters, Arts, and Sciences, University of Southern California (1996 - 1997)
  • Member, Search Committee, Mellon Postdoctoral Fellowship, Chinese Art, University of Southern California (1996 - 1997)
  • Member, USC Planning Committee on Cultural Studies, University of Southern California (1996 - 1997)
  • Co-creator (with Prof. Eunice Howe), Visual Culture Minor, University of Southern California Department of Art History (1996 - 1996)

Program Affiliations


  • Feminist, Gender, and Sexuality Studies

Professional Education


  • Ph.D., University of California at Berkeley, Department of History of Art, History of Art (1996)
  • M.A., University of California at Berkeley, Department of History of Art, History of Art (1991)
  • B.A., Yale University, History of Art (1988)

2019-20 Courses


Stanford Advisees



  • Marcelo Yanez
  • Doctoral Dissertation Reader (AC)
    Sean O'Hanlan, Ann Tartsinis, Yechen Zhao
  • Doctoral Dissertation Advisor (AC)
    Jon Davies, Kelly Filreis, Cyle Metzger, Ron Reichman, Jennie Waldow, Martabel Wasserman

All Publications


  • Camera Eye ARTFORUM INTERNATIONAL Meyer, R. 2013; 52 (1): 390-395
  • Photography Is Elastic Weegee's Cockeyed View of Hollywood AMERICAN ART Meyer, R. 2013; 27 (2): 33-37

    View details for DOI 10.1086/673107

    View details for Web of Science ID 000321889000006

  • Silent Partners RICHARD MEYER ON "INTIMATE COLLABORATIONS" ARTFORUM INTERNATIONAL Meyer, R. 2013; 51 (8): 117-118
  • Art and Queer Culture Meyer, R., Lord, C. London: Phaidon. 2013
  • What was Contemporary Art? Meyer, R. Cambridge, MA: MIT Press. 2013
  • Anita Steckel 1930-2012 ARTFORUM INTERNATIONAL Meyer, R. 2012; 50 (10): 53-54
  • L.A. Stories ARTFORUM INTERNATIONAL Crow, T., Perchuk, A., Tuchman, M., Subotnick, A., Winer, H., Baldessari, J., Gamboa, H., Larner, L., Meyer, R., Kuo, M. 2011; 50 (2): 240-?
  • At Home in Marginal Domains Cruising the Archive: Queer Art and Culture in Los Angeles, 1945-1980 Meyer, R. Los Angeles: One Institute and Archives. 2011: 82–87
  • Unphotographable, Or, The Archives of Elliott Hundley Elliott Hundley: The Bacchae Meyer, R. Columbus Ohio: Wexner Center for the Arts. 2011
  • I Spy Weegee Naked Hollywood: Weegee in Los Angeles Meyer, R. Los Angeles and New York: Museum of Contemporary Art and Rizzoli. 2011
  • Naked Hollywood: Weegee in Los Angeles Meyer, R. New York: Rizzoli. 2011
  • Los Angeles Meant Boys’: David Hockney, Bob Mizer, and the Lure of Physique Photography Pacific Standard Time: Crosscurrents in L.A. Painting and Sculpture Meyer, R. Los Angeles: Getty Museum. 2011
  • Bone of Contention Lynda Benglis, exhibition catalogue Meyer, R. France: Les presses du réel. 2010
  • LYNDA BENGLIS KLAUS 1975 ARTFORUM INTERNATIONAL Meyer, R. 2010; 48 (5): 170-181
  • "Big, Middle-Class Modernism" OCTOBER Meyer, R. 2010: 69-116
  • Censorship AMERICAN ART Meyer, R. 2009; 23 (1): 22-24

    View details for DOI 10.1086/599057

    View details for Web of Science ID 000208618400010

  • Warhol’s Jews Warhol’s Jews Meyer, R. Jewish Museum, Contemporary Jewish Museum, and Yale University Press. 2009
  • Weegee and Naked City “Defining Moments in American Photography” series Meyer, R., Lee, A. W. Berkeley: University of California Press. 2008
  • Home Delivery Modern Painters Meyer, R. 2008: 56-58
  • Representing the passions from Bamberg Cathedral to Bill Viola (The 'Passions') Conference on Languages of Emotion Meyer, R. ROUTLEDGE JOURNALS, TAYLOR & FRANCIS LTD. 2008: 123-?
  • "Artists sometimes have feelings" ART JOURNAL Meyer, R. 2008; 67 (4): 38-55
  • Not Me: Joan Semmel’s Body of Art Solitaire Meyer, R. Cincinnati: Wexner Center for the Arts. 2008
  • Feminism uncovered ('WACK! Art and the Feminist Revolution') ARTFORUM INTERNATIONAL Meyer, R. 2007; 45 (10): 211-?
  • Who Needs Civil Liberties? The Blackwell Companion to LGBT/Q Studies Meyer, R. edited by Haggerty, G. E., McGarry, M. (Oxford: Blackwell. 2007
  • Hard Targets: Male Bodies, Feminist Art, and the Force of Censorship in the 1970s Wack! Art and the Feminist Revolution Meyer, R. Los Angeles: Museum of Contemporary Art. 2007
  • Light it up, or how Glenn Ligon got over ('Glenn Ligon - Some Changes') ARTFORUM INTERNATIONAL Meyer, R. 2006; 44 (9): 240-247
  • Who Needs Civil Liberties? Potentially Harmful: The Art of American Censorship Meyer, R. Atlanta: Georgia State University. 2006
  • Art Works, Part One GLQ: A Journal of Lesbian and Gay Studies Meyer, R. edited by Meyer, R., Roman, D. Duke University Press. 2006; 2
  • Art Works, Part Two GLQ: A Journal of Lesbian and Gay Studies Meyer, R. edited by Meyer, R., Roman, D. Duke University Press. 2006; 3
  • Gay Power circa 1970 - Visual strategies for sexual revolution GLQ-A JOURNAL OF LESBIAN AND GAY STUDIES Meyer, R. 2006; 12 (3): 441-464
  • On Race and Plutocracy Bookforum Meyer, R. 2006; 35
  • Slasher story ART JOURNAL Meyer, R. 2005; 64 (1): 32-41
  • Notes on Camp Bookforum Meyer, R. 2005; 12
  • October Revolution Artforum Meyer, R. 2005: 324
  • Bone of contention - Richard Meyer on Lynda Benglis's controversial advertisement ARTFORUM INTERNATIONAL Meyer, R. 2004; 43 (3): 73-?
  • La teoría del arte de Jesse Helms Cultura Moderna Meyer, R. primavera-verano. 2004: 71–92
  • Two on One Artforum Meyer, R. 2004: 25-26
  • Mind the Gap: Americanists, Modernists, and the Boundaries of Twentieth-Century Art American Art Meyer, R. 2004; 18 (3): 2-7
  • Outlaw Representation: Censorship and Homosexuality in Twentieth-Century American Art Meyer, R. Boston: Beacon Press. 2004
  • The Jesse Helms theory of art (Robert Mapplethorpe) OCTOBER Meyer, R. 2003: 131-148
  • Identity Critical Terms for Art History Meyer, R. edited by Nelson, R. S., Schiff, R. Chicago: University of Chicago. 2003: 345–357
  • Representing the Passions: Histories, Bodies, Visions edited by Meyer, R. Los Angeles: Getty Research Institute. 2003
  • Outlaw Representation: Censorship and Homosexuality in Twentieth-Century American Art Meyer, R. New York: Oxford University Press. 2002
  • The Art Historical Problem of Andy Warhol ArtScene Meyer, R. 2002: 51-52
  • Mapplethorpe’s Living Room: Photography and the Furnishing of Desire Other Objects of Desire: Collectors and Collecting Queerly Meyer, R. edited by Camille, M., Rifkin, A. Oxford: Blackwell Publishers. 2002
  • Mapplethorpe's living room: Photography and the furnishing of desire ART HISTORY Meyer, R. 2001; 24 (2): 292-311
  • Nature Revers’d: Satire and Homosexual Difference in Hogarth’s London The Other Hogarth: Aesthetics of Difference Meyer, R. edited by Forte, B., Rosenthal, A. Princeton: Princeton University Press. 2001: 162–173
  • Have you heard the one about the Lesbian who goes to the Supreme Court: Holly Hughes and the case against censorship THEATRE JOURNAL Meyer, R. 2000; 52 (4): 543-552
  • Ongoing: Notes on Contemporary Art and AIDS Bodies of Resistance Meyer, R. Hartford, CT: Real Art Ways. 2000: 19–24
  • At Home in Marginal Domains Documents Meyer, R. 2000; 18: 19-32
  • Teaching Feminism: A Questionnaire Documents Meyer, R., Kiaer, C. 2000: 24-49
  • Boot Camp About Face: Andy Warhol Portraits Meyer, R. Hartford, CT: Wadsworth Atheneum. 1999: 100–109
  • On the Value of Queer Self-Portraiture Face: An Exhibit of Queer Expression Through Self-Portraiture Meyer, R. San Francisco: South of Market Cultural Center. 1998: 8–11
  • Borrowed Voices: Glenn Ligon and the Force of Language Glenn Ligon: Unbecoming Meyer, R. Philadelphia: Institute of Contemporary Art. 1998: 12–35
  • Rock Hudson's Body The Passionate Camera: Photography and Bodies of Desire Meyer, R. edited by Bright, D. New York and London: Routledge. 1998: 340–360
  • Kaucyila Brooke ART IN AMERICA Meyer, R. 1997; 85 (11): 134-135
  • Paul Cadmus: The Sailor Trilogy Whitney Museum of American Art Meyer, R. New York. 1996: 2–10
  • This is to Enrage You: Gran Fury and the Graphics of AIDS Activism But Is It Art? The Spirit of Art as Activism Meyer, R. edited by Felshin, N. Seattle: Bay Press. 1995: 51–83
  • Warhol's Clones Yale Journal of Criticism Meyer, R. 1994: 79-110
  • Warhol's Clones Negotiating Lesbian and Gay Subjects Meyer, R. edited by Dorenkamp, M., Henke, R. New York and London: Routledge. 1994: 92–122
  • Double Foolscap: Leone Whitney Museum at Philip Morris Meyer, R. New York. 1994: 1–9
  • Strangers: Philip-Lorca di Corcia Flash Art International Meyer, R. 1993; 26 (172): 64
  • Robert Mapplethorpe and the Discipline of Photography The Lesbian and Gay Studies Reader Meyer, R. edited by Abelove, H., Barale, M. A., Halperin, D. New York and London: Routledge. 1993: 360–380
  • Rock Hudson's Body Inside/Out: Lesbian Theories, Gay Theories Meyer, R. edited by Fuss, D. New York: Routledge. 1991: 258–288
  • Group Material's AIDS Timeline University Art Museum Meyer, R. Berkeley. 1989: 1–5