Carol Armstrong, newly appointed to the faculty of the Department of the History of Art at Yale University, teaches and writes about 19th century French painting, the history of photography, the history and practice of art criticism, feminist theory and the representation of women and gender in art and visual culture. She received her PhD from the Department of Art and Archaeology at Princeton University in 1986, and has taught at the University of California, Berkeley, where she earned tenure in 1990; the Graduate Center of the City University of New York; and Princeton University, where she was professor of Art and Archaeology and Doris Stevens Professor of Women’s Studies from 1999 to 2007, as well as Director of the Program in the Study of Women and Gender from 2004 to 2007. She has published books and essays on Edgar Degas, Edouard Manet, Paul Cézanne, and 19th and 20th century photography, and has curated exhibitions at Princeton University Art Museum, the Drawing Center in New York, the Yale Center for British Art, and the J. Paul Getty Museum. She has been a frequent contributor to October and Artforum magazines, and continues to be an active art critic. She is also a practicing photographer. Her current projects include a book on Cézanne, modern physics and schizophrenia, a book of dialogues about the uses of the past and the functions of art in the present, and a series of essays about still life, description, and the “feminine” principle.