Alumni (Fellow)

Melissa Ragain

Edgar Shannon Fellow
Shreveport, Louisiana
B.S. Rhodes College (2000)
M.A. University of Virginia (2006)
Ph.D. University of Virginia (2009)
Graduate School of Arts & Sciences
Professional Sectors:
Art History


Melissa Ragain is an art historian and critic whose research interests include the history of science and aesthetics, especially the historical impacts of psychology and ecology. She is currently at work on a book, “Formalism and Environmental Aesthetics after WWII,” examining the impact of art psychology on notions of form and environment in the postwar United States. She recently edited a collection of writing by the seminal new media theorist Jack Burnham, “Dissolve into Comprehension: Writings and Interviews, 1964-2004” (MIT Press, 2015). She has written for Art Journal, X-tra Contemporary Art Quarterly, ARTLIES, Criticism, American Art, and Inform Magazine. Ragain was a 2010-11 Core Critical Studies Fellow at the Museum of Fine Arts Houston, a 2016-17 Radcliffe Fellow at Harvard University, and a recipient of a 2016 Art Writers Grant from the Warhol Foundation/Creative Capital. She is an associate professor of art history at Montana State University in Bozeman.

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