Associate Professor Leesa Rittelmann joined the State University of New York at Fredonia faculty in 2005 after earning PhD and MA degrees in Art History from the University of Pittsburgh and a BS in Museum Education from The Pennsylvania State University. She teaches the history and theory of modern and contemporary art with concentrations in the History of Photography and Gender Studies. Her doctoral dissertation "Constructed Identities: The German Photobook from Weimar to the Third Reich" (2003) was supported by two German Academic Exchange Service Scholarships, two Foreign Language Area Studies Fellowships and an Andrew Mellon Pre-doctoral Fellowship.
Dr. Rittelmann has delivered papers in the U.S. and abroad. Recent and forthcoming publications include: “Propaganda,” in Photography in the Third Reich: Art, Physiognomy and Propaganda, (Bloomsbury Publishing, forthcoming); “In the Lines of the Face: Portrait Photography, Physiognomy and Social Darwinism,” in Streitfall Evolution: Eine Kulturgeschichte (Debating Evolution: A Cultural History), (Boehlau Verlag, 2016); “Gone Viral: Medical Science and Contemporary Textile Art,” (Marion Art Gallery, State University of New York at Fredonia, 2013); “’Superior to Any Drawing’: Charles Darwin and the Evolution of Modern Portrait Photography” in 150 Years of Evolution: Darwin’s Impact on the Humanities and Social Sciences (San Diego State Press, 2011); "Winold Reiss to Kara Walker: The Silhouette in Black American Art" in From Black to Schwarz: Cultural Crossovers between African America and Germany (L.I.T. Verlag, 2010); and “Facing Off: Photography, Physiognomy, and National Identity in the Modern German Photobook,” in Radical History Review (Duke University Press, 2010).
Prior to her appointment at State University of New York at Fredonia, Rittelmann served as a curatorial/research assistant at Pittsburgh’s Carnegie Museum of Art, and served as a visiting Assistant Professor at Whitman College (WA) and Hartwick College (NY).
Class field trip to the Albright Knox Art Gallery, Buffalo.
Class field trip to the Frank Lloyd Wright Darwin Martin House Complex, Buffalo.