Isaac King currently researches changing notions of likeness, authenticity, and authority in Early American portraiture. His dissertation focuses on the struggle to legitimize a national portrait tradition in the post-revolutionary era at the intersection of developing markets, technologies, and visual understandings. More broadly, he is interested in issues of visual knowledge, technologies of representation (including photography), agency, illusionism, virtualization, prosthesis, and material process. He has served on the editing board of Contemporaneity: Historical Presence in Visual Culture since 2014.
PhD Candidate, ABD, History of Art and Architecture, University of Pittsburgh
Thesis Title: Re-accessioning the Academy: Finding Room for Jean-Léon Gérôme in a New
Bachelor of Arts in Art History, Northern Arizona University, 2008
U.S. Capitol Historical Society Fellowship, 2015
Anthony N B and Beatrice W B Garvan Fellowship in American Material Culture, Library Company of Philadelphia, 2015
Jane Welch Williams Graduate Essay Prize and Lecture, 2010