Geraldine Johnson is Associate Professor in History of Art and Head of the History of Art Department. She is also the Junior Censor at Christ Church and a Fellow (Official Student) of the College.
She received her BA in Comparative Literature from Yale University, MA in Art History from Cambridge University, and PhD in History of Art from Harvard University. She has been a Junior Research Fellow in the Harvard Society of Fellows and has held fellowships awarded by the Leverhulme Trust, Harvard’s Center for Italian Renaissance Studies at Villa i Tatti in Florence, the Henry Moore Foundation, the Fulbright Commission, and the Mellon Foundation.
She has been at Oxford University since 1999 and has served as Associate Head of the Humanities Division and Tutor for Admissions at Christ Church. In 2009, she received a University Teaching Prize for her work in establishing Oxford's undergraduate degree in History of Art.
She has published widely on the history of sculpture from the medieval period to the present day, as well as on the visual arts more generally in Early Modern Europe. Her research interests also include women and the visual arts, the history of photography, and the historiography of Art History as a discipline. She has been a guest on programmes such as Woman’s Hour on BBC Radio 4 and she is currently serving as academic advisor for a major television drama series, Medici: Masters of Florence.