Dr Amy Tobin


Director of Studies

College Jobs

  • Director of Studies, History of Art
  • Assistant Undergraduate Tutor

University Jobs

  • Lecturer in the History of Art
  • Curator of Exhibitions, Events and Research, Kettle's Yard


Email: ajt207@cam.ac.uk


I completed my PhD at the University of York in 2017 with a thesis titled ‘Working Together’ Working Apart: Feminism, Art and Collaboration in Britain and North American, 1970-1981′. I was a pre-doctoral fellow at the Library of Congress in Washington D.C. in 2014 and a Terra Foundation for American Art pre-doctoral researcher in 2014-15. After my PhD I won post-doctoral research grants from the Paul Mellon Centre for British Art and the Henry Moore Foundation.

I have taught Modern and Contemporary Art and Theory at the Universities of York and Birmingham, as well as at Goldsmiths, University of London, City and Guilds Art School and West Dean College. My research is published in British Art Studies, MIRAJ and Tate Papers and I have contributed chapters to Collaboration and its (Dis)Contents, (Courtauld Books Online, 2017), Other Cinemas: Politics, Culture and Experimental Film in the 1970s (IB Tauris, 2017), Feminism and Art History Now (IB Tauris, 2017) and A Companion to Feminist Art (Blackwell, 2017 [forthcoming]). I am also a co-editor of London Art Worlds: Mobile, Contingent and Ephemeral Networks 1960-1980 (Penn State University Press, 2018 [forthcoming]) with Jo Applin and Catherin Spencer. I co-edited Art of Feminism (San Francisco and London: Chronicle Press and Tate, 2018) with Lucy Gosling, Helena Reckitt and Hilary Robinson. I am currently working on a monograph on feminism, art and sisterhood.

At Cambridge, I teach across the History of Art Tripos, and convene the special subject module ‘Vision and Representation in Contemporary Art’, which focuses on the politics of figuration, surveillance and censorship in recent art and visual culture. I also contribute to graduate courses in History of Art, Gender Studies, and at the Centre for Film and Screen.

At Kettle’s Yard I have worked with artists including Regina Jose Galindo, and Alice Channer and curated an exhibition of work by Louise Bourgeois.

Research Interests

My research interests include: the relationship between feminism, art practice and art history; art and queer theory; art and post-colonialism; art and critical race theory; British and American Art in the 1970s and 1980s; experimental cinema and moving image art; collaboration, collectivity and community in Modern and Contemporary Art.