Carolyn Loeb

Associate Professor Emerita


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Ph.D., 1990, Graduate Center, City University of New York, Art History
M.A., 1973, San Francisco State College, Art History
B.A., 1968, University of California, Berkeley, Sociology



Carolyn Loeb is a historian of art and architecture. A founding RCAH faculty member, in addition to teaching she served as Director of Exhibition Spaces from 2007-2018 and as Associate Dean from 2011-2016. She believes that her collaborations with marvelous faculty, students, and staff on the project of building this new college provided her with an endlessly challenging and stimulating adventure.

Carolyn’s research on public art and developments in housing in Berlin in the postwar and post-reunification periods has appeared in the Journal of Urban History and Public Art Dialogue, among other venues. Her book, The City as Subject: Public Art and Urban Discourse in Berlin, was published in April 2022 by Bloomsbury.

 In it, she looks at murals, public sculptures, and street art that represent and engage the urban activism of local communities in opposition to forces that promote market-driven redevelopment of the city. Carolyn’s earlier book, Entrepreneurial Vernacular: Developers’ Subdivisions in the 1920s, has been reissued as an e-book by The Johns Hopkins University Press.

Clearly, retirement is relative: In addition to continuing her scholarly work, Carolyn is always eager to hear from and work with RCAH students and faculty.