Mary Campbell, assistant professor of art history in the School of Art, was recently awarded an American Council of Learned Societies (ACLS) Fellowship for the upcoming academic year. She will use the time to finish her forthcoming book for the University of Chicago Press. In this book, Campbell examines the work of the Mormon photographer — and sometimes pornographer — Charles Ellis Johnson (1857–1926). Specifically, she untangles the complicated relationship that exists between Johnson’s photographs for the Mormon church, his risqué stereoviews of young women, and the decision of Mormon authorities to relinquish polygamy in 1890.
Campbell received her Ph.D. from Stanford, earned a J.D. at Yale Law School, and did her undergraduate work at Brown University. Her teaching focuses on the history of American art during the nineteenth and twentieth centuries, the history of American modernism, and African-American art.