Elizabeth Maynard

Liz Maynard earned a PhD in Art History from McGill University, Montreal, and an MA in Humanities from the University of Chicago. In addition to teaching at RISD, she has been teaching Art History and Humanities courses at Rhode Island College since 2007. She has published several articles on the social, political and medical constructions of gender and sexuality. Her art historical research on the representation of trauma and the body led her to pursue training in somatic education, and she also works as a yoga teacher, meditation leader and craniosacral therapist. Her current interests include discerning the rich possibilities in being attentive to how intellectual and creative pursuits intersect with somatic awareness.

Academic research/areas of interest

Affect Theory
Feminist Thought and Intervention
History Painting, Monuments, Memorials and Social Traumas
Postwar American
Political Thought and Gender

Masculinity Studies
Queer Theory
Somatic Experience and Creativity
Somatics and Trauma

Trauma Theory
Twentieth-Century Art and Methods

Wintersession 2019 Courses

  • HAVC-W185-01 Art and Trauma
  • HAVC-W150-01 Body In (As) Art: Object, Subject, Medium, Lens

Spring 2019 Courses

  • HAVC-H183-01 Art & Revolution In The 20th Century
  • HAVC-H102-19 History Of Art & Visual Culture 2
  • HAVC-H102-20 History Of Art & Visual Culture 2


Apparel Design Architecture Ceramics Digital + Media Experimental and Foundation Studies Film / Animation / Video Furniture Design Glass Graduate Studies Graphic Design History, Philosophy + the Social Sciences Illustration Industrial Design Interior Architecture Jewelry + Metalsmithing Landscape Architecture Literary Arts + Studies Painting Photography Printmaking Sculpture Teaching + Learning in Art + Design Textiles Theory + History of Art + Design