Elisabeth Fraser

Professor, Art History
MA Art History Graduate Program Coordinator
PhD, Yale University
Phone: 813.974.9325
Email: fraser@usf.edu
Office: FAH 272

I specialize in the history of art from the 18th to 20th centuries in Europe and the Ottoman Empire. My current teaching and research interests include art, travel, and cultural exchange; Mediterranean studies and the cultural history of the late Ottoman Empire; colonialism and histories of collecting, the museum and archaeology.

In 2004 I published Delacroix, Art and Patrimony in Postrevolutionary France (Cambridge University Press) and I am currently completing a book, Mediterranean Encounters: Artists and Other Travelers in the Ottoman Empire, 1780-1850. My new book in progress is Dressing Empire: Transculturation and the Ottoman Costume Album.

Other recent publications:

“‘Dressing Turks in the French Manner’: Mouradgea d’Ohsson’s Tableau général de l’Empire Othoman,” in thematic issue of Ars Orientalis 39, “Globalizing Cultures: Art and Mobility in the Eighteenth Century,” Nebahat Avcıoğlu and Barry Flood, eds. (2011), pp. 198-230.

“Images of Uncertainty: Delacroix and the Art of Nineteenth-Century Expansionism,” chapter in Mary Sheriff, ed., Cultural Contact and the Making of European Art since the Age of Exploration, University of North Carolina Press (2010), pp. 123-151.

Books, Prints, and Travel: Reading in the Gaps of the Orientalist Archive,” Art History 31:3 (June 2008), pp. 342-67.

“La politique de la famille sous la Restauration: Les Massacres de Scio d’Eugène Delacroix,” chapter in Natalie Scholz and Christine Schröer, eds., Représentation et pouvoir: la politique symbolique (1789-1830) (Presses universitaires de Rennes, 2007), pp. 175-84.

“A propos des sources de Delacroix; Dante et Virgile et l’autorité paternelle,” chapter in Sébastien Allard, ed., Paris 1820: L’Affirmation de la génération romantique (Bern: Peter Lang, 2005), pp. 101-12.

Delacroix’s Sardanapalus: The Life and Death of the Royal Body,” French Historical Studies 26: 2 (Spring 2003), pp. 315-49.

"Uncivil Alliances: Delacroix, the Private Collector, and the Public," Oxford Art Journal 21:1 (Spring 1998), pp. 87-103. [on Delacroix’s Massacres of Chios]


I have received three fellowships from the National Endowment for the Humanities (2007-08, 1997-98, 1995) and I was a resident fellow at the Columbia University Institute for Scholars (Paris) in 2007-08. I have also been awarded the Fredson Bower Prize of the Bibliographical Society (U.K.), a Gilbert Chinard Fellowship, a grant from American Association of University Women, and a German Academic Exchange Service (DAAD) Fellowship for Recent Ph.D.s.


My recent seminars include Collecting the East; Art and the “New Biography”; Art, Travel, and Imperialism; Orientalism: Then and Now; Art and Gender; and Theory of the French Avant-Garde. I have won two teaching awards from the University of South Florida: the Outstanding Undergraduate Teaching Award and an award from the Teaching Incentive Program.