Maura Coughlin

Maura Coughlin (PhD, NYU 2001) is an Art Historian who teaches courses in Art History, Visual Studies and the Environmental Humanities. Her recent research concerns French Atlantic visual culture, coastal ecology, the rise of marine sciences in France and it encourages dialogues between 19th and 21st century aesthetics and ecological ethics. Her methods combine first-hand experience of coastal landscapes, primary research in museums, archives and artist communities with a methodology informed by ecocriticism, new materialism and trans-corporeality. Across her projects is a shared fascination with the material flows of fish and animals, seaweed, salt, people, sand, stones, boats and other actors that move across and through the tide line, and the ways in which the visual culture of the shore visualizes intensely local perceptions of tide, geology, beach morphology, and marine botany. She serves on the Executive Board of Directors of the Nineteenth-Century Studies Association.