Anna Marazuela Kim
At the Institute, Anna Marazuela Kim is the lead scholar advancing research on the role of the arts and aesthetics in cultivating civic agency and urban revitalization for the Thriving Cities Project. She writes and lectures on the our complex relation to images and their continuing ethical challenge, from Plato to the digital age, focusing on the history and phenomenon of iconoclasm. Kim received her PhD in art and architectural history from the University of Virginia and trained as a philosopher during graduate studies at Brown University where she was a Mellon Fellow in the Humanities. She holds a BA in intellectual history from the University of Notre Dame.
Kim is the recipient of numerous awards and honors and a member of several international research groups. Currently she is the 2015-16 Andrew W. Mellon Post-Doctoral Fellow at the Courtauld Institute of Art in London, where she is launching an initiative that brings the significance of art history to a wider audience through public-facing debates. She has organized a series of symposia on Art and Terrorism, the subject of recent invited lectures in the U.S. and U.K. For 2016, Kim is an invited Fellow of the Center of Advanced Studies at the Freie Universität in Berlin as part of the research group, BildEvidenz: History and Aesthetics.
Between graduate studies, Kim worked on a variety of projects focused on civil rights and education in the U.S., Latin America and post-Soviet Ukraine. More recently she is involved in the refugee crisis in Europe, documenting forms of expression and human dignity in camps in Greece, as well as volunteering and fundraising.