Esther Thyssen

Esther T. Thyssen studied art history at Lake Forest College and Yale University, receiving her PhD from Yale in 1999. In 2006 she was Fulbright Guest Professor of American Studies at Debrecen University in Debrecen, Hungary, in the Institute of British and North American Studies.

Academic research/areas of interest

Her research interests are in the construction of modernism in Europe and the Americas, and the re-vision of the history of art in east and central Europe prior to 1989. She is currently researching the movement of art and artists across the former Iron Curtain, as well as abstract art and the art market of the 1960s and 70s. At RISD she teaches History of Art and Visual Culture 1 and 2, and seminars on Romanticism and Abstract Expressionism.

Wintersession 2019 Courses

  • HAVC-W181-01 American Prints: Artists and Master Printers

Spring 2019 Courses

  • HAVC-H159-01 Abstract Expressionism In Art and Global Politics
  • HAVC-H102-06 History Of Art & Visual Culture 2
  • HAVC-H102-23 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