Susanna Newbury

Associate Professor of Art History, Theory & Criticism
Expertise: Contemporary Art, Art History, Economic Geography, Urban Studies


Art historian Susanna Phillips Newbury (she/her/they) is an expert on the social history of 20th- and 21st-century art, histories of photography and architecture, urban studies, and economic geography. She writes frequently on topics of contemporary art, photography, and architecture for both scholarly and critical journals. In addition to her single-authored book The Speculative City: Art, Real Estate, and the Making of Global Los Angeles (University of Minnesota Press, 2021), recent publications include "The Art of Witnessing" in the edited volume Aesthetics of Gentrification (Amsterdam University Press, 2021) and "Anti-Sitcom Video Art" in The Microgenre (Bloomsbury, 2020).

In addition to teaching art history at UNLV, Dr. Newbury is Vice Chair of the board of trustees of the Nevada Humanities Council, a statewide organization that fosters, equity, inclusion, and connection for all Nevadans through grants and public programming.


  • Ph.D., Yale University
  • M.A., Yale University
  • B.A., Oberlin College

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Underlying every great city is a rich and vibrant culture that shapes the texture of life within.
Los Angeles Review of Books
Last month, over email, I asked Newbury, a professor of art history at University of Nevada, Las Vegas, some questions about her project, as well as how she imagines contemporary art as something other than, in her words, “an instrument of finance.”
K.S.N.V. T.V. News 3
When most people think of viewing art standard venues such as museums, galleries or public displays come to mind. But Southern Nevada is also home to examples of what's called "Land Art”; sculpture on a grand scale reshaping portions of the earth itself.

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