Paul Sternberger

Paul Sternberger


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Paul Sternberger received his Ph.D. in Art History from Columbia University and joined the faculty of Rutgers-Newark in 1997. His publications include Between Amateur and Aesthete: The Legitimization of Photography in America, 1880-1900 (The University of New Mexico Press, 2001) and By Its Cover: Modern American Book Cover Design (Princeton Architectural Press, 2005) which he co-authored with Professor Ned Drew. His collaborations with with Prof. Drew also includes the books Purity of Aim: The Book Jackets of Alvin Lustig (Rochester Institute of Technology Cary Graphic Arts Press, 2010) and George Giusti: The Idea is the Heart of the Matter (Rochester Institute of Technology Press, 2016). Professor Sternberger co-curatored the groundbreaking exhibition India: Public Places, Private Spaces: Contemporary Photography and Video Art with an accompanying catalog published by Marg Publications in 2007. His articles and reviews have appeared in journals such as History of Photography, American Art, Photographies, The Journal of the History of Collections, The Woman's Art Journal, and Arts of Asia. Professor Sternberger teaches courses in American Art and the History of Photography, as well as courses such as The Development of Modern Art; Art Since 1945; American Popular Film in the 1970s; Newark: A History of Art, Architecture, and Cultural Institutions; Introduction to Arts, Culture and Media; and introductory Art History surveys.