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Professor Steven Bradley


Steven Bradley is the Senior Fulbright Lecturer at the Institute for American Studies for the summer semester. He has held curatorial and director positions at art museums in Texas, Louisiana and Iowa and organized numerous exhibitions of 19th and 20th century American art. Dr. Bradley was trained at the University of Colorado and at Northwestern University where he earned a Masters degree in German Literature and a Ph.D. in Art History. He also completed two internships in curatorial departments at the Art Institute of Chicago. 

After his undergraduate study, Dr. Bradley spent two semesters at Friedrich-Alexander University in Erlangen in an international student exchange program. Dr. Bradley has five grown children who live and work all over the USA. When he is at home in the Western Rocky Mountains, he enjoys cross country skiing, hiking and fly fishing in his spare time.


Dr. Bradley is an art historian who has held teaching appointments at Cornell University, Texas Tech University and the University of Texas at San Antonio and is currently Associate Professor at Mesa State College in Grand Junction, Colorado. Drawing upon a thirty year career of university teaching and working with several collections of American art Dr. Bradley will offer seminars in American Regionalism, the Art of the American West and Political Conflicts in American Artistic Culture since 1950 during the upcoming term.


Dr. Bradley received a research grant from the DAAD to complete his doctoral dissertation on Emil Nolde, which was subsequently published as a monograph. He has contributed essays to museum catalogues on several American artists.

Selected Publications

William S. Bradley (1986). Emil Nolde and German expressionism: a prophet in his own land. Ann Arbor, Mich.: UMI Research Press.

William Bradley (1981). The Art of Emil Nolde in the Context of North German Painting and Volkish Ideology. Evanston, Ill.: Northwestern University. 

Honors, Awards and Distinctions

  • Research Grant, DAAD
  • Fulbright Lecturer