Joe Hartman is a sixth-year Ph.D. candidate. He has a BA in Studio Art and Spanish from Goshen College; and a MA in Art History from the University of North Texas. He currently serves as a Visiting Research Fellow at the University of Texas at Dallas’ Edith O’Donnell Institute of Art History. Hartman specializes in the history of modern/contemporary art and architecture, with an emphasis on Latin America, the Caribbean, and the Western world. Hartman’s research, broadly speaking, focuses on relationships between art, politics, and ecology in the Western Hemisphere.
Hartman’s current book project deals with the visual culture and public works program of the Cuban Dictator Gerardo Machado (1925-1933). It refines his dissertation “Modern Dreams: Building Machado’s Cuba,” which he developed under the guidance of Roberto Tejada and Adam Herring. Hartman has published articles and reviews related to this material and wider research interests in The Latin Americanist; The Journal of the Society of Architectural Historians; The Middle Ground Journal; Hemisphere: Visual Cultures of the Americas; and Athanor. He has presented his work at numerous academic institutions and museums in Europe and the Americas, including professional conferences: the College Arts Association, the Urban History Association, the Latin American Studies Association, and the Caribbean Studies Association. His research has been funded by grants from SMU, UNT, and internationally competitive fellowships at the University of Miami’s Cuban Heritage Collection and UT Dallas’ Edith O’Donnell Institute. Hartman currently resides in Dallas with his wife, Jenna; two sons, Harvey and Oscar; and cat, Monty Rico.