Nancy Siegel, Ph.D.

Professor, Art History, Museum Studies Area Coordinator

Dr, Nancy Siegel

Contact Info

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. Currently, she is completing the manuscript Political Appetites: Revolution, Taste, and Culinary Activism in the Early Republic; a contributing scholar and registrar for the exhibition Beyond Midnight: Paul Revere, organized by the American Antiquarian Society (New-York Historical Society, Worcester Art Museum, Concord Museum, Crystal Bridges Museum of American Art, 2019-20); and is curating the international exhibition, Curious Taste: The Appeal of Transatlantic Satire (2021-22). She provides historical cooking demonstrations and lectures widely on culinary history in addition to serving as a culinary consultant for museums and non-profit institutions. 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 and served as a curatorial consultant via a National Endowment for the Humanities grant to generate content for new interpretive exhibitions for the Thomas Cole National Historic Site, Catskill, NY (2015-2017). 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 numerous research grants and fellowships including: Omohundro Institute of Early American History & Culture- Georgian Papers Programme Fellowship, Windsor Castle, Windsor, UK, Terra Foundation for American Art; New England Regional Fellowship Consortium: Harvard University’s Radcliffe Institute for Advanced Study, Massachusetts Historical Society, Connecticut Historical Society, Historic Deerfield; 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; The Furthermore Foundation; and the State of New York.

Courses Taught

  • ARTH 495 Independence Study in Art History
  • ARTH 408/608 Curatorial Vision and Planning
  • ARTH 350 History of Prints in America
  • ARTH 337 American Art
  • ARTH 323 Modern Art
  • ARTH 302/502 Museum and Community
  • ARTH 222 Survey of Western Art II
  • ARTH 207 Honors: Art of Environmentalism
  • ARTH 113 Myths and Stories in American Art
  • TSEM 109: Honors College Seminar