Elizabeth Otto


Elizabeth Otto.

Elizabeth Otto


Elizabeth Otto



European and US-American art and visual culture from the nineteenth century to the present; issues of gender, history, and theory; and the history of photography, film, and media culture


Elizabeth Otto joined UB’s faculty in 2004 and now serves as director of the Humanities Institute. Her current book project and related co-curated exhibition (opening in Weimar Germany in summer 2024) focuses on members of Germany’s Bauhaus art and design school under Nazism.


  • Haunted Bauhaus: Occult Spirituality Gender Fluidity, Queer Identities, and Radical Politics, MIT Press, 2019. Winner of the Northeast Popular Culture Association's Peter C. Rollins Book Prize
  • Bauhaus Women: A Global Perspective (with Patrick Rössler), English edition: Bloomsbury UK; German edition: Knesebeck Verlag, 2019.
  • Tempo, Tempo!: The Bauhaus Photomontages of Marianne Brandt, Jovis Verlag/Bauhaus-Archiv Berlin, Museum of Design; Harvard Art Museums; and the International Center for Photography, New York, 2005.

Edited Books

  • Bauhaus Bodies: Gender, Sexuality, and Body Culture in Modernism's Legendary Art School, (with Patrick Rössler), Bloomsbury Visual Arts, 2019.
  • 4 "Bauhausmädels": Gertrud Arndt, Marianne Brandt, Margarete Heymann, Margaretha Reichardt (with Patrick Rössler, Kai-Uwe Schierz, and Miriam Krautwurst), Sandstein Verlag, 2019. Bilingual catalogue to the co-curated exhibition at the Angermuseum, Erfurt, and in Berlin at the Thuringian State Federal Representaton Building. Exhibition
  • Art and Resistance in Germany (with Deborah Ascher Barnstone), Bloomsbury Academic, 2018.
  • Passages of Exile (with Burcu Dogramaci), 2017, Edition Text + Kritik, 2017.
  • New Woman International: Representations in Photography and Film from the 1870s through the 1960s (with Vanessa Rocco), The University of Michigan Press, 2011.

Selected Recent Publications, Talks, and Conference Organization

Selected Publications


  • Gerda Henkel Stiftung Fellow, Germany, 2022–2023
  • US Holocaust Memorial Museum’s Mandel Center for Advanced Holocaust Research, inaugural Kurt and Thea Sonnenmark Memorial Fellow, Fall 2022
  • Cape Cod Modern Residency, Curator, Fall 2022
  • Getty Research Institute, Los Angeles, Getty Scholar, 2021–2022
  • The Center for Advanced Studies in the Visual Arts, National Gallery of Art, Washington, DC, Ailsa Mellon Bruce Senior Fellow, 2019–2020
  • National Humanities Center, Frank H. Kenan Fellow, 2017–2018
  • University at Buffalo Gender Institute Excellence in Mentoring Award, 2017
  • Center for Advanced Studies, Ludwig-Maximilians-Universität, Munich, Visiting Fellow, 2016
  • The University of Pittsburgh’s Humanities Center, Early Career Residential Fellowship, 2010–2011
  • Alexander von Humboldt Foundation, German Chancellor Fellowship, 2004–2005


  • PhD, The History of Art, Graduate Certificate in Women's Studies, The University of Michigan
  • MA, Art History, Queen's University, Canada
  • BA, Art History, Oberlin College