David Bjelajac

Title:
Professor of Art History and American Studies
Office:
Room 113, Smith Hall
Email:
bjelajac@gwu.edu

Professor Bjelajac is the author of several books, including Millennial Desire and the Apocalyptic Vision of Washington Allston (Smithsonian Institution Press: Washington, D.C., 1988); Washington Allston, Secret Societies and the Alchemy of Anglo-American Painting (Cambridge University Press: Cambridge, 1997), and American Art: A Cultural History(Prentice Hall, 2000; 2nd edition, 2005). He has contributed articles toAmerican Iconology: New Approaches to Nineteenth-Century Art and Literature, ed. David C. Miller (Yale University Press: New Haven, 1993) and The Visual Culture of American Religions, eds. Sally Promey and David Morgan (University of California Press, 2000). He also has published articles on Washington Allston and Thomas Cole in American Art, the scholarly journal of the Smithsonian American Art Museum. Professor Bjelajac's current research project comprises John Singleton Copley'sWatson and the Shark (1778), Freemasonry and the alchemy of eighteenth and early nineteenth-century American painting. Professor Bjelajac teaches eighteenth and nineteenth-century American art as well as eighteenth-century European art. He has an additional affiliation with the American Studies Department.

 

Education

Ph.D., University of North Carolina at Chapel Hill