Celia Stahr

Adjunct Professor

Part-Time Faculty


Celia Stahr, PhD, a native of California, developed a love of art and culture due to her many experiences traveling to Cuba, Mexico, East and Southern Africa, Western Europe, China, and every region of the United States. She has a background in modern and contemporary art history (with a particular focus on issues of race and gender) as well as in African art and the diaspora. Stahr is interested in artists who cross cultural boundaries and the political, social, artistic, and psychological ramifications of such actual or imagined "border" crossings.

Her curriculum is designed to engage students with the history of art in a multitude of ways: through large and small group discussions, short and long writing assignments, videos discussing art making and art history, debating important issues, and creating a work of art. She enjoys salsa dancing.


  • Affiliated scholar, The Clayman Institute for Gender Research, Stanford University

Awards & Distinctions

  • Named one of the top professors in Fifteen Noteworthy Art Professors in San Francisco

  • Included in Who's Who of American Women

  • Awarded a Seashore Dissertation Fellowship, The University of Iowa Humanities Fellowship

Selected Publications

  • "Frida in America: The Creative Awakening of a Great Artist," St. Martin's Press, March 2020.

  • "Frida Kahlo, American Nationalism, and The New Mestiza Woman," in Essays on Women's Artistic and Cultural Contributions 1919-1939.

  • "Elaine de Kooning, Portraiture, and the Politics of Sexuality," Genders 38.