Maura McCreight

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Research Interests

  • Major: History of Photography; Minor: Art since 1900
  • Photography of the African Diaspora
  • Maghrib Studies
  • War Photography
  • Photojournalism and its archives of the 1950s and 60s
  • Fringe media
  • Circulation of images between North Africa and Europe in the 1950s-70s
  • Images of Algerian women in colonial, wartime, and post-Independence photography
  • Art methods of protest and insurgency
  • Discourses of fugitivity and Black feminist theory


  • M.A., Aesthetics, Stony Brook University
  • M.Phil, Art History, The Graduate Center, CUNY

Maura is Ph.D. Candidate in Art History at The Graduate Center, CUNY, with a focus on the history of photography and the Maghrib. She is currently the Emerging Scholar Liaison for the Photography Network and Manifold Graduate Fellow at the Graduate Center. She is a lecturer in the Art Department at Brooklyn College and the Humanities Department at New York City College of Technology and has taught both graduate and undergraduate level courses on Islamic art, the history of photography, modern art, and several art history surveys. Her research has been supported by the Image Center (Toronto), the Helen Frankenthaler Foundation, the Institute for Research on the African Diaspora in the Americas and the Caribbean (IRADAC) American Institute for Maghrib Studies (AIMS). Her dissertation retraces photographs of women during the Algerian War for Independence (1954–1962) using methods that mimic the conflict’s scattered visual archival existence.