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Harriet F. Senie
Campus Affiliation: City College of New York
Degrees/Diplomas: Ph.D., Institute of Fine Arts, New York University, 1981
Research Interests: Contemporary American Art

Professor of Contemporary American Art

Professor Harriet Senie's chief research areas are public art, memorials, memory and material culture, the American landscape tradition (themes of the road in American art and culture), and contemporary pilgrimage practice. She is the Director of the M.A. Museum Studies Program at City College of New York, where she also teaches. In Fall 2000, Prof. Senie was Visiting Distinguished Professor at Carnegie Mellon University. She previously served as Associate Director of the Princeton Art Museum and Gallery Director at SUNY, Old Westbury. In 2008, she co-founded with Professor Cher Krause Knight (Emerson University), Public Art Dialogue, an international organization that is also a CAA affiliate. The journal, Public Art Dialogue, that she co-edits with Prof. Knight, appears twice annually and is the only peer review journal devoted to public art.


Memorials to Shattered Myths: Vietnam to 9/11. New York: Oxford University Press, 2016.

Co editor and contributor. Companion to Public Art. Wiley Blackwell, 2016.

Dangerous Precedent? The `Tilted Arc' Controversy. Minneapolis: University of Minnesota Press, 2001.Co-editor.

Co editor and contributor, Critical Issues in Public Art: Content, Context, and Controversy. Washington, D.C.: Smithsonian, 1998.

Contemporary Public Sculpture: Tradition, Transformation, and Controversy. Oxford: Oxford, 1992.


Co editor and contributor. Museums and Public Art? Cambridge Scholars Press, 2017.

Windshield Visions: The Theme of the Road in American Art – in process