Christiane L. Joost-Gaugier

Christiane Joost-Gaugier
Professorial Lecturer,
Art History Program;
Professor Emerita from The University of New Mexico
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Professor Joost-Gaugier earned her AB, AM, and Ph.D. degrees from Harvard University. In 2005, was awarded an Honorary Phi Beta Kappa from Harvard University for Lifetime Achievement. Her scholarship in the history of art and the history of ideas has been published extensively in international scholarly journals, proceedings of learned societies, encyclopedias, and museum catalogues.  Among her publications are 220 research articles in The Art Bulletin, Gazette des Beaux ArtsZeitscrift für KunstgeschichteArtibus et HistoriaeThe Renaissance QuarterlyActa Historiae ArtiumArte LombardaArte VenetaStudi VenezianiParagoneSixteenth Century JournalStoria dell'Arte, and other periodicals. She is also the author of the following books: Selected Drawings of Jacopo Bellini (New York and Toronto, 1982); Raphael's Stanza della Segnatura:  Meaning and Invention (Cambridge and New York, 2002); Measuring Heaven: Pythagoras and his Influence on Thought and Art in Antiquity and the Middle Ages (Ithaca and London, 2006);  Pitagora e il suo Influsso sul Pensiero e sull'Arte( Rome, 2008); Pythagoras and Renaissance Europe:  Finding Heaven (Cambridge and New York);  Italian Renaissance Art:  Understanding its Meaning (London and New York, 2013), and Islamic Elements in the Architecture of Puglia  (Amsterdam, 2019). She is currently working on a new book, Wine, the Elixir of Civilization:  The Archaeological Literature of Wine in Ancient Antiquity.  

Joost-Gaugier’s first teaching position was at Tufts University; then she became a tenured full professor and Department Chair at New Mexico State University, The University of New Mexico, and Wayne State University in that order. She has lectured at The University of California at Berkeley, the University of Toronto, The Johns Hopkins University, the University of Padova, and the University of Milan.

Joost-Gaugier has held a Fulbright Fellowship to the University of Munich, several grants from the National Endowment for the Humanities, several from the Kress Foundation, and several from the American Philosophical Society, as well as grants from the American Council of Learned Societies, the AAUW, and the Delmas Foundation. She has been a Director of the College Art Association and the National Council of Arts Administrators. She is listed in Who’s Who in the World. 

Joost-Gaugier was an early leader in the movement for equality of women in academia. While at Tufts University, she filed the first class action that would guarantee equal pay and equal benefits for women professors. It became the precedent-setting case in the American academic world.