Samantha Baskind is Associate Professor of Art History at Cleveland State University. She has taught at CSU since August 2004, before which she taught at the University of Miami (where she held a joint appointment in art history and Judaic studies), James Madison University, and the University of Pittsburgh. Her courses include Twentieth-Century Art and American Art from Colonial Times to the Present, and her most recent seminars are American Art and the Great Depression and Jewish American Art and Culture.
Her research focuses on twentieth-century American art and culture and the role of the Jewish American artist in the modern world. Presentations on these subjects have been made at the annual conferences of the College Art Association, Association for Jewish Studies, American Culture Association, Southeastern College Art Association, World Congress of Jewish Studies (in Israel), American Academy of Religion, and Group for Early Modern Cultural Studies.
Her book, Raphael Soyer and the Search for Modern Jewish Art (2004), was funded by grants from the Terra Foundation for the Arts and American Council of Learned Societies, the Jewish Historical Society of New York, and the Lucius N. Littauer Foundation, in addition to receiving a Koret Jewish Studies Publications Program award. She is sole author of Encyclopedia of Jewish American Artists (2007), a 2006-7 College and Research Libraries selected reference work. A co-edited volume with Ranen Omer-Sherman, The Jewish Graphic Novel: Critical Approaches, came out in 2008. Jewish Art: A Modern History, coauthored with Larry Silver was published in 2011. Recent articles have appeared in American Art, History of Photography, Jewish Social Studies, and Art Criticism, among other venues. Her current book project, "Reimaging the Book: Jewish Artists and the Bible in Twentieth-Century America," considers the proliferation of biblical themes by Jewish painters, printmakers, sculptors, and book illustrators. This book has been funded by the National Endowment for the Humanities, Memorial Foundation for Jewish Culture, and the Hadassah-Brandeis Institute.