Brianne Cohen’s research and teaching focuses on contemporary art in the public sphere. From participatory art to lens-based activism, she examines artistic practices particularly concerned with global migration, postcolonial histories, political violence, and ecology and environmentalism. Her book project, Preventive Publics: Contemporary Art and the Idea of Europe, examines contemporary art that grapples with cross-cultural affiliation in 21st-century Europe. Her new research will address artistic-material questions of ecological devastation in Southeast Asia.
Before coming to Boulder, she taught as a visiting assistant professor at Amherst College and Brown University. After receiving her Ph.D. from the University of Pittsburgh in 2012, she also held a joint postdoctoral fellowship at the Université Catholique de Louvain and Lieven Gevaert Centre in Belgium. From this research, she co-edited a book, The Photofilmic: Entangled Images in Contemporary Art and Visual Culture (Leuven University Press and Cornell University Press, 2016).