Breanne Robertson is Visiting Assistant Professor of American Art at Wesleyan University. Her research interests focus on cross-cultural exchange between the United States and Mexico in nineteenth- and early twentieth-century American art. Her current projects include an examination of the relationship between Mormon artist George Martin Ottinger’s “Aztec” paintings and the beliefs and missionary efforts of Mormon Utah and a book manuscript based on her dissertation, which elucidates U.S. artists’ appropriation of pre-Columbian themes in relation to the Latin American foreign policy initiatives of the Franklin D. Roosevelt administration.
Breanne has received grants and fellowships in support of her research from the Smithsonian American Art Museum, Dumbarton Oaks, Children’s Literature Association, University of Maryland Latin American Studies Center, Cosmos Club Foundation, and State Historical Society of Iowa. She has delivered papers at the Solomon R. Guggenheim Museum, Brigham Young University Museum of Art, International Association of Inter-American Studies Bi-Annual Conference, National Popular Culture and American Culture Associations Annual Conference, and Southwest Art History Conference. In 2011, she was awarded the Mary Kelley Prize at the New England American Studies Association Conference for her talk, "Guardians of San Diego History: Challenging Pan-Americanism in Donal Hord’s Civic Center Sculpture." In addition, Breanne has published book reviews and essays related to her current research in scholarly journals, including The Annals of Iowa and Hemisphere: Visual Cultures of the Americas.
Breanne earned a B.A. in Art History from the University of Missouri, an M.A. in Art History from the University of Texas, and a Ph.D. in Art History from the University of Maryland.