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Zoe Weldon-Yochim

Zoe Weldon-Yochim's research and teaching examine U.S. art and visual culture, contemporary art, the theories and methods of ecocriticism, and nuclear politics. Her research has been supported by the Henry Luce Foundation and American Council of Learned Societies, the Smithsonian American Art Museum, and the Center for Advanced Study in the Visual Arts.
Research Interests: 

Art and visual culture of the United States, global contemporary art, Native North American art, ecocriticism, nuclear toxicity, U.S. militarism and environmental justice concerns, environmental humanities, political ecology

Honors and Awards: 

2022    Luce/ ACLS Dissertation Fellowship in American Art, American Council of Learned Societies and the Henry Luce Foundation (to be used during the 2023-2024 academic year)

2022    The Douglass Foundation Fellowship in American Art, the Smithsonian American Art Museum 

2022    Burlington Contemporary Art Writing Prize, runner-up (Judges: Legacy Russell and Griselda Pollock)

2022    Visual Studies Research Grant, UCSC

2022    Graduate Dean’s Research Travel Grant, UCSC

2021     Ailsa Mellon Bruce Predoctoral Fellowship for Historians of American Art to Travel Abroad, Center for Advanced Study in the Visual Arts

2021     Center for Creative Ecologies Fellowship, UCSC

2021     Visual Studies Research Grant, UCSC

2020     Social Science Research Council’s Dissertation Proposal Development Fellowship

2019     Graduate Student Association Research Grant, UCSC

2018     Eugene Cota-Robles Fellowship, UCSC

2018     Visual Studies Fellowship, UCSC

2018     Graduate Student Success Program Fellow, The Humanities Institute, UCSC

2018     Graduate Scholar Award, U. Delaware (declined)

2017     Graduate Research Assistantship, Visual Resources Center, U. Delaware

2015     Katzenberger Foundation Art History Internship with the Smithsonian Institution at the Museum Conservation Institute

2015     Charlotte W. Newcombe Foundation Scholarship, U. Maryland

2015     Judith K. Reed Award, U. Maryland

Education and Training: 
MA, Visual Studies, University of California, Santa Cruz, 2020
MA, Art History, University of Delaware, 2018
BA, Art History, University of Maryland, 2016