Spring 2023 Graduation Spotlight | Michael H. Feinberg, Ph.D.

Michael H. Feinberg (Ph.D., 2023), is a Visiting Assistant Professor of Art History at Hamilton College (Clinton, NY) during the 2023–24 academic year. A specialist in visual culture of the Atlantic World during the early modern and modern periods, Feinberg also received a Certificate in Environmental Humanities, and a doctoral minor in Visual Cultures from UW–Madison. In addition to internal fellowships from UW-Madison, Feinberg received external fellowships from the following institutions: UNC–Chapel Hill (Wilson Library), Boston Athenaeum, UCLA (ASECS/Clark), John Carter Brown Library, University of Minnesota (James Ford Bell Library), and the Huntington Library. Feinberg’s forthcoming publication, “Flaming Shadows: Girodet and the Incarnated Spectator,” will appear in “The Eighteenth Century: Theory and Interpretation.” He is also working on another article that uses a queer lens to analyze visual culture of the Haitian Revolution. Beyond publications, Michael has presented at conferences, including the Modern Language Association, the College Art Association, and the American Society for Eighteenth Century Studies.
While at UW–Madison, Feinberg served as Vice President of the Art History GradForum, Treasurer and Graduate Representative of the Center for Culture, History, and Environment. He was also an instructor of record for History and Theory of Photography, the Object of Contemporary Art, and Visual Culture of the Atlantic. As a teaching assistant, Michael was nominated for the Excellence in Teaching Award.
Moreover, Feinberg is working on two book projects. The first book project expands upon their dissertation, “Caribbean Landscapes and Agencies beyond the Human in British Print Culture surrounding the Haitian Revolution.” The monograph analyzes the aesthetic and political role of landscape in the engravings accompanying influential illustrated works of history and natural history, written, edited, or printed while British forces were activity in Saint-Dominque (Haiti). For the second project, Feinberg will focus on the intersection between race, ethnicity, and religion from the Northern Renaissance through the long nineteenth century by focusing on Jewish diasporas. This project is dedicated to the memories of Feinberg’s relatives who were murdered in the Holocaust as Polish Jews.