Prof. John Zarobell

John Zarobell


Full-Time Faculty
Kalmanovitz Hall 222C


John Zarobell is a professor of international studies at the University of San Francisco. Formerly, he held the positions of assistant curator at the San Francisco Museum of Modern Art and associate curator at the Philadelphia Museum of Art. His first book, Empire of Landscape, focuses on visual culture in colonial Algeria and was published in 2010. Art and the Global Economy, published in 2017, analyzes major changes in the art world as a result of globalization and facilitates a deeper understanding of how globalization affects the domain of the visual arts in the twenty-first century.

Professor Zarobell is currently working on a long-term research project on emerging Asian megacities and has been awarded a Fulbright grant to pursue research in Jakarta, Indonesia.


  • Program Director, European Studies


  • PhD, History of Art, University of California, Berkeley
  • MA, History of Art, University of California, Berkeley
  • BA, Fine Art, Hampshire College

Prior Experience

  • Assistant Curator, San Francisco Museum of Modern Art
  • Associate Curator, Philadelphia Museum of Art

Selected Publications

  • Empire of Landscape (2010)