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Personal profile

Academic Background

BA Art History, Courtauld Institute of Art, 1992

PhD in Art History, Courtauld Institute of Art, 1995

Administrative Posts

  • Director of Admissions (from 2009-10 academic year)


Simon Dell has published in the fields of twentieth-century art history, design history and the history of photography.  His principal research is focused on aspects of visual culture in France during the 1920s and 1930s, extending from the avant-garde to anonymous photojournalism.  He has also worked on site specificity and sculptural practice after 1960s minimalism.  He is currently researching the place of art in the relationship between twentieth-century France and its colonies.


Before coming to UEA in 2000, Simon taught at the University of St Andrews, Bath Spa University and the Courtauld Institute of Art.

Key Research Interests and Expertise

Photography, with special reference to France and the United States
The relation of the visual and political in interwar Europe
Art practice and new media after 1960

Current Research Projects

Dr Dell is currently researching the worker photography movement in France.

Teaching Interests

European modernism

American art and American photography

Problems of art historical method

Research supervision 

Dr Dell is interested in supervising research students working on the relationship between art and historical process in the twentieth century, with particular reference to interwar Europe and to shifts in art practice after 1960.

Doctoral dissertations supervised: 

Women, Painting and Critical Practice in Britain, 1984-1992 (2001)

‘Claude Cahun’ – Published/Unpublished: The Textual Identities of Lucy Schwob 1914-1944 (2003)

A Context for Fascist Art and Culture: An Examination of Debates in Critica Fascista 1923-1943 (2008)

Current Supervision: 

Death and Performance Art

Examples of modules taught 

After Modernism: Art and New Media 1955-1975

American Art and Photography 1900-1950

Gender and Modernism 1900-1939

Archaeology/Contemporary Art (with Dr Joanne Clarke)