Cleveland State University

Samantha Baskind, Professor of Art History at Cleveland State University, is the author of several books, including the critically acclaimed Raphael Soyer and the Search for Modern Jewish Art (2004) and a solely authored encyclopedia, Encyclopedia of Jewish American Artists (2007), named a College and Research Libraries Selected Reference Work from 2006-2007. A co-edited volume, The Jewish Graphic Novel: Critical Approaches (2008), has provided one of the foundational books for what is now a widely discussed subgenre of Jewish artistic and literary culture. She also coauthored Jewish Art: A Modern History (2011), which inspects two centuries of art made by Jews across Europe, America, and Israel. Most recently, Jewish Artists and the Bible in Twentieth-Century America (2014) was funded by a year-long National Endowment for the Humanities Fellowship as well as the Hadassah-Brandeis Institute and Memorial Foundation for Jewish Culture. Her new book, about the Warsaw Ghetto in American art and culture, will be coming out in late 2017. She served as editor for U.S. art for the 22-volume revised edition of the Encyclopaedia Judaica (2006) and is currently series editor of Dimyonot: Jews and the Cultural Imagination, published by the Pennsylvania State University Press.

Lectures: 

  • What is Jewish Art?: Controversy and Confusion
  • Superman’s “Jewish origins” and Other Thoughts on Jews and Comics
  • The Warsaw Ghetto in the American Cultural Imagination
  • Art and the Holocaust: Survival and Remembrance
  • Rembrandt and the Jews in Seventeenth-Century Amsterdam
  • Artistic Odyssey and Precedent in Chaim Potok’s My Name is Asher Lev