Margaret Olin

Senior Research Scholar

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Margaret Olin has appointments in the Divinity School as well as the Department of Religious Studies, the Program in Jewish Studies and the Department of the History of Art. Her current research concerns documentary media, Jewish visual culture, and theories of witnessing and commemoration, centering on the following topics: the role of photographic practices in the construction of communities and on interpersonal relationships; sites of human interaction and/or identification, including shared spaces, where people mingle with others in imagination and reality; the impact of perceptual theory on visuality; and the visual construction of Jewish identity.  Prior to her appointment at Yale in 2009 she was professor in the departments of Art History, Theory and Criticism, and Visual and Critical Studies at the School of the Art Institute of Chicago.


A.B. University of Chicago (Engl. Lang. Lit.)
A.M. University of Chicago (Art History)
Ph.D. University of Chicago (History of Culture)


Forms of Representation in Alois Riegl’s Theory of Art (Penn State Press, 1992)

The Nation Without Art: Examining Modern Discourses in Jewish Art (University of Nebraska, 2001)

Touching Photographs (University of Chicago Press, forthcoming)

Editor (with Robert S. Nelson), Monuments and Memory, Made and Unmade (University of Chicago Press, 2003)


Seminar: Witnessing, Remembrance, Commemoration
Seminar: Jewish Space