Faculty Office Hours

Elizabeth Adan

Elizabeth Adan
Photograph © 2013 Elizabeth Adan,
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ISLA Department

Women's, Gender, & Queer Studies


Contact Information:

Office Location: Building 47, Room 25F

Office phone: (805) 756-1564

Email: eadan@calpoly.edu



  • Art 112: Survey of Western Art (GE C3)
  • WGS 201: Introduction to Women's & Gender Studies in the United States (GE D1)
  • Art 213: Art History - Modern Art, 1900-1945
  • Art 310: Art History - American Art
  • Art 311: Art History - Nineteenth Century Art (European) (GE C4)
  • Art 315: Art History - Art Since 1945
  • Art/WGS 375: Intersectional Feminist Art Histories (USCP)



  • Interdisciplinary Ph.D. in Contemporary Art, Religion, and Cultural Analysis (individualized course of study), with a Doctoral Emphasis in Women's Studies, U.C. Santa Barbara
  • M.A., Rhetoric, U.C. Berkeley
  • M.F.A., Studio Art, U.C. Santa Barbara
  • B.A., Art History, U.C. Davis


About Elizabeth Adan

Dr. Adan started at Cal Poly in Fall 2007 in the Department of Art & Design and moved into the ISLA Department in Fall 2019. Prior to her arrival at Cal Poly, she was also a Critical Studies Fellow in the Whitney Museum Independent Study Program, and she taught in the Women’s Studies Program (now the Department of Feminist Studies) and the Department of the History of Art and Architecture at U.C. Santa Barbara. She has also worked as a practicing artist, a freelance arts administrator, and a museum curator.

Dr. Adan’s research interests include late modern, postmodern, and contemporary art; feminist and critical theories; and performance studies. She has published on the work of artists such as Doris Salcedo and Paul Pfeiffer, and she is currently engaged in ongoing research investigating the impacts of neoliberalism and precarity on visual art and cultural production as well as the impacts of intersectionality on feminist art histories. Her most recent publication, co-authored with Karen Gocsik (Director of the Analytical Writing Program at U.C. San Diego), is a writing manual for students in art and art history classes titled Writing about Art (Thames & Hudson, 2019).



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