Karla T. Huebner, Ph.D.

Art & Art History
Associate Professor, Art and Art History
Creative Arts Center 127, 3640 Colonel Glenn Hwy, Dayton, OH 45435-0001

Karla Huebner is an Associate Professor in Art History, specializing in 1750-present with research interests that include Czech modernism, surrealism, and gender and sexuality. She received her MA from American University in Washington, DC and her PhD from the University of Pittsburgh. Dr. Huebner has received research grants and fellowships that include Fulbright-Hays DDRA and an Andrew Mellon Predoctoral fellowship. She has presented conference papers in England, the Czech Republic, Hungary, Portugal, and the United States, at such venues as the College Art Association, the Association of Art Historians (UK), the Association for Slavic, East European, and Eurasian Studies, the Berkshire Women's History Conference, and the European Association for Urban History. In 2013 she was elected to the board of Historians of German, Scandinavian, and Central European Art (HGSCEA); she is also active in SHERA and the Czechoslovak Studies Association. Before coming to Wright State, she published on Minoan art in Anistoriton and reviewed books for Women Artists News, as well as publishing fiction in literary and genre magazines.


Dr. Huebner teaches the history of European and American art 1750-present. She also teaches the introductory Art History survey, Women in Art, Approaches (a methodologies course), and, from time to time, courses in ancient art (Bronze Age Aegean, Greek, and Roman). She emphasizes understanding art in its historical context, with attention to both canonical and marginalized artists.

Recent Publications

“The Czech 1930s Through Toyen.” In Czech Feminisms: Perspectives on Gender in East Central Europe, edited by Iveta Jusova and Jiřina Šíklová, 60–76. Bloomington: Indiana University Press, 2016.

 “Inter-War Czech Women’s Magazines: Constructing Gender, Consumer Culture and Identity in Central Europe,” Women in Magazines: Research, Representation, Production, and Consumption, Sue Hawkins, Nicola Phillips, Rachel Ritchie, S. Jay Kleinberg, eds. Routledge, 2016, 66-80.

“Nostalgia and La Jetée,” Contemporaneity: Historical Presence in Visual Culture 4, 2015, 95-107.

“Prague Flânerie from Neruda to Nezval,” in The Flâneur Abroad: Historical and International Perspectives, Richard Wrigley, ed. Cambridge Scholars Publishing, 2014, 281-297.

“Otherness in First Republic Czechoslovak Representations of Women,” in Dagnosław Demski, Ildikó Sz. Kristóf, and Kamila Baraniecka-Olszewska, eds, Competing Eyes: Visual Encounters with Alterity in Central and Eastern Europe, Budapest, 2013, 438-460.

 “In Pursuit of Toyen: Feminist Biography in an Art-Historical Context,” Journal of Women’s History 25, no. 1 (Spring 2013), 14-36.

 “Girl, Trampka, or Žába? The Czechoslovak New Woman,” chapter in The New Woman International (edited by Elizabeth Otto and Vanessa Rocco, University of Michigan Press, 2011), 231-251.

 “Fire Smoulders in the Veins: Toyen’s Queer Desire and its Roots in Prague Surrealism,” Papers of Surrealism issue 8 (Spring 2010) (http://www.surrealismcentre.ac.uk/papersofsurrealism/journal8/index.htm)

 “The Whole World Revolves Around It: Sex Education and Sex Reform in First Republic Czech Print Media,” Aspasia 4 (Spring 2010), 25-48.


BA in Theatre Arts, University of California, Santa Cruz

MA, 2002, American University

PhD, 2008, University of Pittsburgh

Areas of Specialization
Modernism, Surrealism, gender and sexuality, Central and Eastern Europe, visual culture, periodical studies

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