Nancy Siegel, Ph.D.

Professor, Art History, Museum Studies Area Coordinator


Contact Information

Center for the Arts, Room 3103 EE
Weekdays by appointment or by hours published on office door.


PhD Art History, Rutgers, The State University of New Jersey, New Brunswick, NJ

MA Art History and Museum Studies Program Certificate, Rutgers, The State University of New Jersey, New Brunswick, NJ

BA Art History, Franklin and Marshall College, Lancaster, PA

Areas of Expertise

Art History (American art and culinary history of the 18th and 19th centuries, American and British print culture,
museum studies)


Nancy Siegel is Professor of Art History at Towson University and specializes in American landscape studies, print culture, and culinary history of the 18th and 19th centuries. Her current project, Political Appetites: Revolution, Taste, and Culinary Activism in the Early Republic, investigates the intersection among American art and political/horticultural/culinary histories. Most recently, she led the seminar, “Culinary Culture: The Politics of American Foodways, 1765-1900,” for the Center for Historic American Visual Culture at the American Antiquarian Society, Worcester, MA. She has authored/edited The Cultured Canvas: New Perspectives on American Landscape Painting (2012); River Views of the Hudson River School (2009); Within the Landscape: Essays on Nineteenth-Century American Art and Culture (2005); Along the Juniata: Thomas Cole and the Dissemination of American Landscape Imagery (2003); and The Morans: The Artistry of a Nineteenth-Century Family of Painter-Etchers (2001). Her work has appeared in Gastronomica, The Burlington Magazine, Nineteenth-Century Art Worldwide, and she has been the recipient of research grants and fellowships from the Smithsonian American Art Museum, the American Antiquarian Society, Yale University, Winterthur Museum & Country Estate, the Massachusetts Historical Society, the Culinary Historians of Chicago, the New York Public Library, and the State of New York.


Courses Taught

  • Spring: ARTH 323 MODERN ART I