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Dr Danielle Stewart


Danielle Stewart specializes in the Modern and Contemporary art of Latin America. Her research centers on mid-century Brazilian photography and visual culture, considering the capacity of mass distributed artistic, documentary, journalistic, and advertising photographs to shape urban spaces and construct urban imaginaries.

Born and raised near San Francisco, California, educated in Utah, and a long-time resident of Harlem, New York, Danielle has also lived in Curitiba, Brazil. This range of American landscapes fundamentally informs Danielle’s research. Danielle completed her MPhil and PhD in Art History at the Graduate Center, CUNY, and her BA and MA degrees at Brigham Young University. She has presented her research at numerous venues including conferences hosted by the Universidade de São Paulo, the Universidad Nacional Autónoma de México, the College Art Association, and the Latin American Studies Association. Her work has appeared in publications by the Museu de Arte de São Paulo, the Instituto Moreira Salles, the Fundación Cisneros, and H-ART (Universidad de los Andes). Danielle has also taught Latin American art and photography at Hostos College, Brooklyn College, Lehman College, and The Cooper Union. From 2019 to 2020, Danielle was a fellow in the Princeton Mellon Initiative in Architecture, Urbanism, and the Humanities and the Princeton Institute for International and Regional Studies.

Research interests

Photography and urbanism in mid-century Latin America; the relationship between visual culture and the built environment; Brazilian Modernism; contemporary Latin American Photography; ecocriticism; photographic surveys; photography and race.

Danielle is working on the manuscript of her book, Framing the City: Photography and the Construction of São Paulo, about how photographic narratives in urban magazines and popular photobooks were used to sway public opinion in support of vertical development and modernist aesthetics in mid-century São Paulo, Brazil.

Teaching and supervision

Latin American Modernism: 20th Century Objects, 21st Century Exhibitions

Latin American Art and Racial Politics

Art Since 1960

Selected publications

  • “Alice Brill’s Unpublished Quadricentennial Photo Book,” in Lesser-known Episodes in Brazilian Photography (São Paulo: Instituto Moreira Salles), forthcoming Summer 2021

  • “New Transnational Approaches to Latin American Art,” in Latin American Research Review 5, no. 33 (September 2020): 621–630.

  • “São Paulo Past and Present: Comparative Albums and Architectural Photography in Brazil,” in Bitácora 41 (November 2018-March 2019): 22-29.

  • "Geraldo de Barros: Photography as Construction” in H-ART: Revista de historia, teoría y crítica de arte 2, no. 2 (Jan-June 2018): 73-92.

  • “Exposing students to repeat photography: increasing cultural understanding on a short-term study abroad” (with Lemmons, K. and Brannstrom, C.) Journal of Geography in Higher Education 38, no. 1 (Sept 2013): 86-105.


  • BA, MA (Brigham Young University)
  • MPhil, PhD (The Graduate Center, CUNY)

Assistant Professor


Tel: +44 (0) 24 761 51262


Millburn House
University of Warwick
Coventry CV4 7HS

Office hours

Autumn 2022

Tuesdays 2-4pm


Undergraduate modules

HA2A5 Art since the 1960s

HA2E7 Exhibiting the Contemporary

HA2F8 Latin American Art and Racial Politics

HA3D7 Latin American Modernism