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Michelle Facos teaches art history at Indiana University, Bloomington. Her research explores the changing relationship between artists and society since the Enlightenment as well as issues of identity. Prior publications include Nationalism and the Nordic Imagination: Swedish Painting of the 1890s (1998), Art, Culture and National Identity in Fin-de-Siècle Europe, co-edited with Sharon Hirsh (2003), and Symbolist Art in Context (2009).

Her passion for history was ignited by the history teaching brothers Doug and Lyall Stewart of Kenmore, NY. It was sustained at Hamilton College by Jerry Townsend and Michael Haltzel. At the Institute of Fine Arts, New York University a host of brilliant teachers -- H.W. Janson, Robert Rosenblum, Gert Schiff, and Kirk Varnedoe -- guided her study in the direction of art and culture beginning with the Enlightenment.

Professor Facos has also taught art history in Germany and Sweden. She is the recipient of fellowships from the Alfried Krupp Research Collegium Greifswald, the Alexander von Humboldt Foundation, the American-Scandinavian Foundation, the American Philosophical Society, and Fulbright. Her free time is spent skiing in Lapland, going on motorcycle adventures with her husband, baking, and watching "Portlandia". Her latest accomplishment is surviving Shanghai's hottest summer in 140 years. Find out more about her here.