Dr. Linda Stratford

Associate Professor
MC 207
(859) 858-3511 ext. 2239

Dr. Linda Stratford, Ph.D.
Lilly Scholar

office hours spring 2014:  Wednesdays and Thursdays 3 to 6

Teaching Philosophy 



Ph.D., State University of New York, Stony Brook
M.A., Florida Atlantic University
B.S., Vanderbilt University


Research Interests

Linda Stratford received her Ph.D. from the State University of New York, Stony Brook, in history, with emphasis on Art and Society in France. Before her Ph.D. she completed an undergraduate studio art degree at Vanderbilt University and spent a year studying art history in France. She makes regular research trips to France and directs Asbury’s Paris Semester program in which she teaches art history and French history.

Her primary interest is critical examination of the impact of identity politics on the reception of various art movements in 20th-century France with special interest in the dynamics of inclusion and exclusion impacting the reception of expressionist abstraction in post-World War II France. In 2005 she was appointed Lilly Scholar at Asbury, enabling her to pursue research on the theological foundation for calling in the visual arts, stimulating critique of the modern and contemporary understanding of art as autonomous from religious purposes. Both realms of research focus on the ways in which ideological constructs not only arise from but can themselves confine, historical narratives.


Lecture Courses

HIST 393 Seminar in French History
ART 251/252 Art History Survey
Art 300 Art Theory and Criticism
Art 455 Twentieth-century Art



ReVisioning:  Methodological Studies of Christianity in the History of Art.  (forthcoming, Cascade)
A critical examination of scholarly methodologies applied to the study of Christian subjects, themes and contexts in art. Co-edited with James Romaine. 

A Romance with the Landscape:  Realism to Impressionism.  University of Kentucky Art Museum/distributed by University of Washington Press. Romance with the Landscape flyer.

“Spiritually Charged Visual Strategy:  Jackson Pollock’s Autumn Rhythm in Art as Spiritual Perception.  Crossway.

“Challenge to a National School at Risk” in Metamorphosis.  Creative Imagination in Fine Arts between Life-Projects and Human Aesthetic Aspirations.  Kluwer Academic. Metaporhosis flyer.

"Scholars and the Boundaries of ‘Truly French’ Art in the Fourth Republic” in Proceedings of the Annual Meeting of the Western Society for French History.

“French Classicism in the 1950’s” in Salon America


Adminstrative Experience

Founding Director, Asbury University Paris Semester, 2014

President of the Board, CIVA, 2009-2013

Co-founder, The Association of Scholars of Christianity in the History of Art (ASCHA), 2010.

Department Chair, Asbury University, 2007-2009

Presidential Inauguration Committee, Asbury University, 2007

Artist Series Committee; Reaccreditation sub-committee; Institutional Effectiveness Committee; Cross-Cultural Studies Committee; Academic Policies and Curriculum Committee


Grants and Fund Development

Fund development for Asbury University Paris Semester exploratory work and promotional video, 2013

Lilly Scholar Award through Asbury University’s Transformations Project, 2005-2007

Fund development through Asbury University’s Transformations Project for Continuity and Rupture: A Symposium on Christianity and Art History. Paris. May, 2010

Fund development through Asbury University’s Transformations Project and Asbury Theological Seminary for Bringing Creation to Praise conference, Asbury University and Asbury Theological Seminary. October, 2007

Faculty Development Grant from The Christian College Consortium for 2007 photography exhibit Sacred Spaces in Central Kentucky

Fund development from the Staley Lecture Series for campus exhibit Wholly Family, Holy Ground. March 6 – 16, 2007, Asbury University

Fund development through Asbury University’s Transformations Project for undergraduate student research project, 2004, The American Cathedral in Paris

Research Residency, The Hans Hartung and Anna-Eva Bergman Foundation, Antibes, France, summer 2004 

AU faculty professional development grants 2013, 2010, 2008, 2006, 2004, 2003, 2002

Fund development work for CIVA (www.civa.org) 2009 to present

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