J. Susan Isaacs, Ph.D.

Professor Emerita, Art History

Dr. Susan Isaacs

Contact Info


PhD Art History, University of Delaware, Newark, DE

MA Art History, University of Delaware, Newark, DE

BA Art History, University of Delaware, Newark, DE

Certificate of Fine Arts (4 year), Pennsylvania Academy of the Fine Arts (painting), Philadelphia, PA

Areas of Expertise

Art History (Modern Art, Exhibition Studies)


Dr. J. Susan Isaacs, is Professor of Art History at Towson University, where she teaches advanced undergraduate and graduate level courses in modern and contemporary art history and theory and is curator for the Holtzman and Center for the Arts Galleries. She was also the Adjunct Curator and Curator of Special Projects for the Delaware Contemporary (formerly the Delaware Center for the Contemporary Arts) from 2001—2016. She has organized shows for other contemporary art spaces and museums as well, including the galleries at the Gershman Y in Philadelphia. She publishes on contemporary art and artists, and is a contributor to Artblog, Philadelphia.


Courses Taught

  • ARTH 300/501 Introduction to Museum Studies
  • ARTH 324 Modern Art II
  • ARTH 328 Art, Culture and Politics
  • ARTH 329 Race, Sexuality and Gender in Art
  • ARTH 338 Art and Architecture of the US II
  • ARTH 353 visual Art After Moderism
  • ARTH 485 & 681 Seminar in Art History (topics change by semester)
  • ARTH 498 Internship in Art History
  • ARTH 403/603 Care and Handling of Objects
  • ARTH 405/605 Exhibition Design History and Theory
  • ARTH 409/609 Issues in Marketing and Public Relations for Cultural Institutions
  • ARTH 698 Museum Studies Internship