Dalia Linssen taught at Boston University and Emerson College before joining the faculty at RISD in 2010. She earned her PhD in Art History from Boston University, where her dissertation focused on the photographs of Hansel Mieth and Otto Hagel. Before settling on a career in academia, Linssen worked at a number of museums, including the Walker Art Center in Minneapolis, the San Francisco Museum of Modern Art and the Museum of Fine Arts, Boston.
Linssen is the 2013-2014 recipient of RISD's John R. Frazier Award for Excellence in Teaching. Additionally, she has earned a Henry C. Luce Foundation/ACLS Dissertation Fellowship in American Art, a Joan and Stanford Alexander Award from the Museum of Fine Arts, Houston and a Peter E. Palmquist Memorial Fund Scholarship for Historical Photographic Research, among other awards and fellowships. Linssen teaches courses in photographic history and theory, American art, and Modernism. Linssen's research focuses on photographic history and visual culture.