Rachael Z. DeLue

Christopher Binyon Sarofim ’86 Professor in American Art, Department of Art & Archaeology
Program in American Studies
Office Phone
307 McCormick Hall
  • Ph.D., The Johns Hopkins University



Rachael Z. DeLue is the Christopher Binyon Sarofim ’86 Professor in American Art in the Department of Art & Archaeology at Princeton University and is jointly appointed in Princeton’s Program in American Studies. DeLue specializes in the history of American and transatlantic art and visual culture, with particular focus on intersections among art, science, and the history and theory of knowledge and on the transnational and transcultural formation of “America” as a contested geography, identity, and idea. She serves as the editor-in-chief of the Terra Foundation Essays, and she edited Picturing (2016), the first volume in the series. She has also published George Inness and the Science of Landscape (2004), Landscape Theory (2008, co-edited with James Elkins), and Arthur Dove: Always Connect (2016). Other recent publications consider the work of the modern artist Romare Bearden, Spike Lee’s film Bamboozled, shoreline landscapes as symbols of empire, natural history in the context of settler colonialism, and the construction of Native America in 18th- and 19th-century archaeology and ethnography. She regularly serves as a member of the teaching team for AMS “101 America Then and Now,” the gateway course for American studies, Asian American studies, and Latino/a/x studies at Princeton, and she teaches a wide range of undergraduate and graduate courses on American culture, history, and identity.

Selected Publications