Maya Balakirsky, Ph.D.

Professor, Art History; Humanities

Maya Balakirsky-Katz

Maya Balakirsky Katz, PhD, is Professor of Art History at the Lander College for Women of Touro College and on the faculty of Touro’s Graduate School of Jewish Studies. Her teaching and research focuses on the intersection of religious identity and media. She has innovated interdisciplinary curricula in courses such as Jews and Media, Jewish art, Art and Architecture in New York City, Museum Studies, and the Birth of Modernism. Her work has appeared in journals, essay collections, exhibition catalogs, and encyclopedias. She is editor of Revising Dreyfus (Brill Press, 2013), co-editor of Images: A Journal of Jewish Art and Visual Culture, and the author of the book The Visual Culture of Chabad (Cambridge University Press, 2010). Her book Drawing the Iron Curtain: Jews and the Golden Age of Soviet Animation is forthcoming with Rutgers University Press.


B.A., Touro College
M.A. and Ph.D., Bryn Mawr College

Courses Taught

Art of Western Civilization
Birth of Modernism
Aesthetics of Modern Art
Politics of Display: Art and Architecture in New York City
Museum Studies
Jewish Art