Professor Hilary Robinson
I Joined Loughborough University in October 2017 as Professor of Feminism, Art and Theory in the School of Social Sciences and Humanities.
I have gained international recognition for my research on the intersection of feminist thinking with the theory and practice of art. My publications include Visibly Female: Women and Art Today (1987); Reading Art, Reading Irigaray: The Politics of Art by Women (2006); and Feminism-Art-Theory 1968-2014 (2015). I am currently working on a book on art, activism, and feminism.
I initially trained as a painter, graduating with a BA in Fine Art from Newcastle University. I also have an MA in Cultural History from the Royal College of Art, London, and a PhD in Art Theory from the University of Leeds.
My academic career began in Belfast, Northern Ireland, where I taught the history and theory of contemporary art at the University of Ulster.
Whilst at Ulster, I became research coordinator for Art and Design. This was followed by a Head of School post and then my first Chair as Professor of the Politics of Art.
In 2005, I was appointed to be Dean of the College of Fine Arts at Carnegie Mellon University, Pittsburgh, PA, USA, where I was also granted tenure as Full Professor of Art Theory and Criticism.
While in Pittsburgh I was a board member of The Andy Warhol Museum; Quantum Theatre; Silver Eye Centre for Photography; Greater Pittsburgh Arts Council; and The Mattress Factory Museum. I led the Creative Entrepreneurs project, to retain artists in post-industrial Pittsburgh.
I moved back to the UK in 2012 to take up the position of Professor and Dean of the School of Art and Design at Middlesex University.