Bridget Alsdorf’s area of specialization is European art of the 19th and early 20th centuries, with an emphasis on art produced in France from the Second Empire to World War I. Her work explores visual art’s intersections with literature, philosophy, and social psychology, and considers the ways in which 19th-century transformations remain at the core of our contemporary world. An associated faculty member in the Department of French & Italian, she also contributes courses to the programs in Humanistic Studies and European Cultural Studies.
Alsdorf is the author of Fellow Men: Fantin-Latour and the Problem of the Group in Nineteenth-Century French Painting (2012), and essays on Bonnard, Cézanne, Degas, Manet, Hammershøi, Poussin, Utrillo, and Vallotton. She also serves on the editorial board of nonsite.org. Her current book project focuses on representations (across multiple media) of crowds and theatrical audiences in fin-de-siècle France, with particular interest in the cultural phenomenon of gawking (badauderie) and the relationship between art and emerging fields of social psychology.