Vice Provost for the Arts
Catriona MacLeod is the Frank Curtis Springer and Gertrude Melcher Springer Professor in the Department of Germanic Studies and the College.
As vice provost for the arts, Catriona serves as the provost’s primary faculty advisor for arts at the University and is charged with continuing to advance UChicago’s eminence in this area and drive its artistic impact in Chicago and beyond. In this role, she works closely with UChicago Arts, providing oversight to the leadership of Arts + Public Life, Court Theatre, Richard and Mary L. Gray Center for Arts and Inquiry, Reva and David Logan Center for the Arts, and the Smart Museum of Art, including the Feitler Center for Academic Inquiry. Catriona also chairs the Arts Steering Committee and collaborates closely with the Special Advisor to the President for Arts Initiatives and colleagues around the University on various initiatives.
Much of Catriona’s recent research has been devoted to word and image studies and material culture in the context of German Classicism and Romanticism. She is completing a new book project on creative practices with paper in Romanticism titled Romantic Scraps: Cutouts, Collages, and Inkblots. She is also the author of Embodying Ambiguity: Androgyny and Aesthetics from Winckelmann to Keller (Wayne State University Press) and Fugitive Objects: Literature and Sculpture in the German Nineteenth Century (Northwestern University Press), which was awarded the Jean-Pierre Barricelli Prize for best book in Romanticism Studies.
Catriona has co-edited several volumes on various topics in word and image studies, as well as a volume on untranslatability in German literature. She is editor-in-chief of the journal Word & Image, and from 2019-2022 was president of the Goethe Society of North America.