Joseph Hartman

Assistant Professor
Art and Art History and Latinx and Latin American Studies
Undergraduate Advisor, Art History

Office: Haag Hall, 204E & Fine Arts Building, 213
Ph: 816-235-1137
Curriculum Vitae


Joseph R. Hartman has lectured and published widely on modern/contemporary Latinx and Latin American art, architecture, and experience. Hartman’s first book, Dictator’s Dreamscape (2019), reconsiders Cuban visual culture within broader histories of nation-building, globalization, and U.S. hegemony in the Western hemisphere.

Academic Credentials

  • Ph.D. in Art History from Meadows School of the Arts, Southern Methodist University, Dallas, Texas
  • M.A. in Art History from Toulouse Graduate School, University of North Texas, Denton, Texas
  • B.A. in Art and Spanish from Goshen College, Goshen, IN


Single Authored Book Manuscript

2019                Dictator’s Dreamscape: How Architecture and Vision Built Machado’s Cuba and Invented                                          Modern Havana. Pittsburgh, PA: University of Pittsburgh Press

Peer-Reviewed Articles

2019                “Silent Witnesses: Modernity, Colonialism, and Jean-Claude Nicolas Forestier’s
Unfinished Plans for Havana,” Journal of the Society of Architectural Historians, vol.
78, no. 3 (2019): 292-311.

2018                “Race, Gender, Giants: Consensus and Dissensus in Cuban Cultural Politics,”
                             Cultural Politics, vol. 14, no. 2 (2018): 174-197.

Exhibition Catalogue Essay
2017                “Valar Morghulis and Jamonada: A Brief History of Art and Technology in Cuba” The
Cuban Matrix: Exhibition at the Torrance Art Museum in Affiliation with the Getty’s
Pacific Standard Time: LA/LA, September 16, 2017

Fellowships and Grants

2019-20        Haskell Distinguished Research Award, University of Missouri-Kansas City,                                                                Kansas City, MO

2018-19        Graham Foundation Publication Grant, Graham Foundation,                                                                                                  Chicago, IL

2018-19        University of Missouri Research Board, University of Missouri,                                                                                            Columbia, MO