Kimberly Rhodes writes and teaches about modern and contemporary visual culture and has worked as an art historian in both museum and academic settings. Her research is on Victorian and neo-Victorian art, with a focus on gender and Shakespeare studies. She has published on representations of Ophelia in the nineteenth century and contemporary art and Victorian themes in contemporary feminist art, among other topics.

She has an M.A. and a PhD in art history from Columbia University. At Drew, she teaches the New York Semester on Contemporary Art and courses on modern and contemporary European and American art. Prof. Rhodes also serves as Co-Director of the Andrew W. Mellon Arts and the Common Good Grant, Director of Specialized Honors, and Associate Director of the Baldwin Honors Program.  She can be reached at

Recent Publications:

  • “Archetypes and Icons: Materialising Victorian Womanhood in 1970s Feminist Art” in Neo-Victorian Studies, Volume 6, no. 2 (2013), pp. 152-180
  • “Double Take: Tom Hunter’s The Way Home (2000),” in Kaara Peterson and Deanne Williams, eds. The Afterlife of Ophelia. Hampshire and New York: Palgrave Macmillan, 2012, pp. 213-229.
  • Ophelia and Victorian Visual Culture: Representing Body Politics in the Nineteenth Century. Aldershot and Burlington: Ashgate Publishing, May 2008.
  • “Degenerate Detail: John Everett Millais and Ophelia’s Muddy Death,” in Debra N. Mancoff, ed. John Everett Millais: Beyond the Pre-Raphaelite Brotherhood. London and New Haven: Paul Mellon Centre/Yale University Press, 2001, pp. 43-68.