Amy Werbel

Area Studies
  • Professor, Department of Fine Arts
  • State University of New York – Fashion Institute of Technology, New York, NY
  • Lecturing: Study of the United States
  • Guangdong University of Foreign Studies, Guangzhou, China
  • August 2011 - June 2012
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  • Curriculum Vitae (.PDF)
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Amy Werbel is Associate Professor of the History of Art at the State University of New York – Fashion Institute of Technology. At F.I.T., she teaches diverse courses on the history of American art and the contemporary art scene. F.I.T. is a community college that serves approximately 10,000 students each year earning degrees from the Associate through Masters level, in addition to offering non-degree programs for continuing professional development. Prior to her position at F.I.T., Werbel taught at Saint Michael’s College in Colchester, Vermont for 18 years.

Werbel’s scholarly work focuses on visual culture and sexuality, including Thomas Eakins: Art, Medicine, and Sexuality in Nineteenth-Century Philadelphia (Yale University Press, 2007). Her new book project examines censorship in America before World War I, Lust on Trial: American Art, Law, and Culture During the Reign of Anthony Comstock (Columbia University Press, forthcoming 2017).

Werbel is fortunate to have served as a Fulbright Scholar for the 2011-2012 academic year at Guangdong University of Foreign Studies in Guangzhou, China. At G.D.U.F.S., Werbel taught American Studies and art history courses for undergraduate and graduate students. She also lectured throughout the mainland on topics including the history of censorship in America. Her most recent book, Lessons from China: America in the Hearts and Minds of the World’s Most Important Rising Generation (2013) reflects on these cross-cultural experiences.