Brigid Doherty is an associate professor of German and art and archaeology at Princeton University. Her research and teaching focus on the interdisciplinary study of modern art, literature, and aesthetic theory, especially German modernism. Doherty’s essays have appeared in Critical Inquiry, October, MLN, and elsewhere. Her first book, Montage, is forthcoming from the University of California Press.
At the Radcliffe Institute, Doherty will begin work on a book about the poetry and prose of Rainer Maria Rilke, the painting of Paula Modersohn-Becker, the cinema of Marlene Dietrich and Joseph von Sternberg, and the contemporary art of Hanne Darboven and Rosemarie Trockel. This project addresses episodes in twentieth-century German modernism and its present-day aftermath in which objects, among them persons and works of art, become containers for fantasies of return to a maternal body or family home and further considers how such fantasies come to provide a basis for various ethical and political positions with regard to our understanding of history. Doherty will also study psychoanalysis as an affiliate scholar at the Boston Psychoanalytic Society and Institute.
Doherty received her AB in modern thought and literature and studio art from Stanford University and her PhD in art history from the University of California at Berkeley. Previous fellowships include those from the Getty Foundation, National Endowment for the Humanities, DAAD (German Academic Exchange Service), Social Science Research Council, American Council of Learned Societies, and Fulbright Program. In 2005, she was the inaugural Research Forum Visiting Professor of Modern and Contemporary Art at the Courtauld Institute of Art in London.