College of
Arts and Sciences

Cristina Albu

Cristina Albu
Associate Professor: Art History, Art History Graduate Advisor
College of Arts and Sciences

Contact Info
Fine Arts Building, 214
Art History, Contemporary Art


Cristina Albu came to UMKC in 2012 after receiving her Ph.D. at the University of Pittsburgh. Her research focuses on interconnections between contemporary art, technology, and cognitive sciences. She is the author of Mirror Affect: Seeing Self, Observing Others in Contemporary Art (Minnesota University Press, 2016). Albu is also co-editor (with Dawna Schuld) of a volume of essays titled Perception and Agency in Shared Spaces of Contemporary Art (Routledge, 2018). Her writings have appeared in scholarly anthologies (e.g. Hybrid Practices: Art in Collaboration with Science and Technology in the Long 1960s, Framings, The Permanence of the Transient, Crossing Cultures) and journals, including Afterimage, Artnodes, and Athanor. Her research has been supported among others by the University of Missouri Research Board, the Center for Advanced Studies in the Behavioral Sciences at Stanford University, and the Andrew W. Mellon Foundation. Albu is currently working on a book manuscript titled Body-Mind Signals: Affect, Intimacy, and Communication in Biofeedback Art.


Ph.D. and M.A., History of Art and Architecture, University of Pittsburgh, Pittsburgh, PA
M.A., European Cultural Policy and Administration, University of Warwick, England
B.A., European Cultural Studies, University of Bucharest, Bucharest, Romania
B.A., English – American Studies, University of Bucharest, Bucharest, Romania

Courses Taught

  • World Currents of Contemporary Art
  • The Artist in Society
  • Becoming Contemporary: Global Art Constellations
  • Sensing, Feeling, Thinking: Contemporary Art and the Mind
  • Participatory Forms of Spectatorship in Contemporary Art
  • Site-Specific Art: Within and Beyond the Museum Walls
  • Art Museums: History and Practice
  • Methods in Critical Theory
  • Scope and Methods of Art History