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 and Culinary History at Towson University and specializes in American landscape studies, underrepresented women artists of the 19th century, print culture, and culinary history of the 18th and 19th centuries. Her most recent book Susie M. Barstow: Redefining the Hudson River School complements the 2023-2024 touring exhibition she is co-curating for the Thomas Cole National Historic Site, Women Reframe American Landscape: Susie Barstow & Her Circle/Contemporary Practices. This exhibit builds upon her 2010 exhibition, Remember the Ladies: Women of the Hudson River School. She is co-curating a 2025 exhibition, Curious Taste: The Appeal of British Satire and completing the manuscript, Political Appetites: Revolution, Taste, and Culinary Activism in the Early Republic which is in development as a documentary for PBS. She provides historical cooking demonstrations and lectures widely on landscape and culinary histories in addition to serving as a culinary consultant for museums and non-profit institutions. Dr. Siegel has also authored/edited publications such as The Cultured Canvas: New Perspectives on American Landscape Painting; River Views of the Hudson River School; Within the Landscape: Essays on Nineteenth-Century American Art and Culture; Along the Juniata: Thomas Cole and the Dissemination of American Landscape Imagery; and The Morans: The Artistry of a Nineteenth-Century Family of Painter-Etchers. Her work has also appeared in Gastronomica, The Burlington Magazine, and Nineteenth-Century Art Worldwide.

She has been the recipient of numerous research grants and fellowships including: the Eccles Centre for American Studies at the British Library; the Omohundro Institute of Early American History & Culture- Georgian Papers Programme Fellowship at 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 Tavolozza Foundation, and the Furthermore Foundation.

Courses Taught

  • ARTH 495 Independence Study in Art History
  • 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