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Amy Freund

Associate Professor and The Kleinheinz Family Endowment for the Arts and Education Endowed Chair in Art History
Director of Graduate Studies

Amy Freund is an associate professor and the Kleinheinz Family Endowed Chair in Art History at Southern Methodist University. She received her Ph.D. from the University of California, Berkeley, and began her teaching career in the SMU art history department in 2005 as a Haakon Predoctoral Fellow. She subsequently held an Andrew W. Mellon Postdoctoral Fellowship at the National Gallery of Art’s Center for Advanced Study in the Visual Arts. Before joining the SMU faculty in 2014, she was an assistant professor at Texas Christian University.

Dr. Freund is a specialist in 18th-century European art. Her first book, Portraiture and Politics in Revolutionary France (Penn State University Press, 2014), examines the ways in which sitters and artists used portraiture to reformulate personal and political identity during the French Revolution. Articles related to this project have been published in Eighteenth-Century Studies, The Art Bulletin and in Interior Portraiture and Masculine Identity in France, 1789–1914 (Ashgate, 2010). She is currently working on a second book on the representation of the hunt in late seventeenth- and eighteenth-century France.


Ph.D. and M.A., History of Art, University of California, Berkeley
A.B., Art History, summa cum laude, Princeton University


Politics and visual culture; portraiture and the history of selfhood; the visual representation of animals; the history and decoration of mechanical objects, especially guns.


Early modern European art, the global 18th century



Portraiture and Politics in Revolutionary France Portraiture and Politics in Revolutionary France. Penn State University Press, 2014.


“Good Dog! Jean-Baptiste Oudry and the Politics of Animal Painting,” in French Art of the Eighteenth Century: The Michael L. Rosenberg Lecture Series at the Dallas Museum of Art, ed. Heather MacDonald, 66-79. Lucia/Marquand, distributed by Yale University Press, forthcoming November 2016.

“Men and Hunting Guns in Eighteenth-Century France,” in Materializing Gender in Eighteenth-Century Europe, eds. Jennifer Germann and Heidi Strobel. Ashgate, 2016.

“The Citoyenne Tallien: Women, Politics, and Portraiture during the French Revolution.” The Art Bulletin 93.3 (September 2011): 325-344.

The Revolution at Home: Masculinity, Domesticity, and Political Identity in French Family Portraiture, 1789-1795.”In Interior Portraiture and Masculine Identity in France, 1780-1914, edited by Temma Balducci, Heather Jensen, and Pamela Warner, 15-29. Burlington, VT: Ashgate, 2011.

“The Legislative Body: Print Portraits of the National Assembly, 1789-1791.”Eighteenth-Century Studies 41.3 (Spring 2008): 337-358.


Choice Outstanding Academic Title, American Library Association, for Portraiture and Politics in Revolutionary France, 2015

Godbey Book Award for Portraiture and Politics in Revolutionary France, Dedman College Interdisciplinary Institute, SMU, 2015

Invited participant, Cultural and Literary Animal Studies Summer School. University of Würzburg, Political Zoology seminar, 2013

Bourse Jeanne Marandon, Société des Professeurs français et francophones d’Amérique, 2012.

Texas Fund for Curatorial Research, grant for museum-based seminar, 2012.

John H. Daniels Research Fellowship, National Sporting Library, Middleburg, Va., 2008.

Andrew W. Mellon Postdoctoral Fellowship, Center for Advanced Study in the Visual Arts, National Gallery of Art, Washington, D.C., 2006-08.

Haakon Predoctoral Fellowship in Art History, Division of Art History at Southern Methodist University, Dallas, TX, 2004-06

Samuel H. Kress Fellowship in the History of Art at Foreign Institutions, in affiliation with the American University in Paris, 2002-04.

Bourse Chateaubriand, 2000-01.

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