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Nicole Archer

Assistant Professor, Art and Design

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Ph.D. History of Consciousness, with a designated emphasis in Visual Studies – University of California, Santa Cruz
M.A. Cultural History – Goldsmiths College, University of London
B.A. Art History/Gender Studies– New College of Florida

DR. ARCHER researches contemporary art and design, with an emphasis in textile and garment histories. Her work has been published in various journals, edited collections, and catalogs, including: Criticism: A Quarterly Journal for Literature and the Arts; The Journal of Modern Craft; The Radical History Review; Surface Design Journal; Textile: The Journal of Cloth and Culture; Trap Door: Trans Cultural Production and the Politics of Visibility (published by the New Museum + MIT Press); Where are the Tiny Revolts? (published by the CCA Wattis Institute for Contemporary Arts + Sternberg Press); Women and Performance: A Journal of Feminist Theory. She is also currently completing a book-length manuscript, which considers how textiles are used to produce and maintain the limits of "legitimate" vs. "illegitimate" forms of state violence (in contract with Manchester University Press).

In addition to serving as an Assistant Professor in Visual and Critical Studies in the Department of Art and Design, Dr. Archer is also the Head of the Department's Foundations Program, an Affiliated Faculty member of Montclair State University's Gender, Sexuality, and Women's Studies program, and the Vice President of Publications for the College Art Association. From 2020 - 2023, Dr. Archer also served as the Editor-in-Chief for CAA's Art Journal Open.

Prior to joining the faculty at Montclair State University, Dr. Archer worked as an Assistant Professor and Department Chair at the San Francisco Art Institute’s History and Theory of Contemporary Art Department (2013-2018), and as a Resident Scholar in the Department of Gender and Women’s Studies’ Beatrice Bain Research Group at the University of California, Berkeley (2017-2018).


Histories and theories of contemporary art and design; intersections of art, design, and social justice; critical cultural studies; performance studies; feminist and queer theory