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Gender & Women's Studies

College of Arts & Sciences

Colleen Denney, Ph. D.

Dr. Denney

Professor, Gender and Women's Studies 

Ross Hall 120


Curriculum Vitae

Dr. Denney is a Professor of Gender and Women’s Studies. She is an art historian who teaches courses on the feminist visual culture of modern and contemporary art, most recently centered around activism. She also teaches courses on Victorian Women’s art, literature and culture and on the History of Women Artists. Her latest book is on scandalous women of the Victorian period. She is currently working on a book on the visual culture of women’s activism in England and France as well as a novel about a 19th century woman pharmacist and her 21st-century counterpart. In her spare time, she likes to cycle and dance, not always at the same time.


Ph.D., Art History, University of Minnesota, 1990; M.A., Art History, Louisiana State University, 1983; B.A., English, Louisiana State University, 1981

Research Interests and Selected Publications

Dr. Denney has had a long career of working on portraiture in the 19th and 20th century. Her research embraces representations of women; whether it be a British princess, a Victorian professional art historian, or a women’s activist, she is keen to uncover the woman beneath the painted veneer.

Selected Publications 

Colleen Denney, (2009) Women, Portraiture and the Crisis of Identity in Victorian England: My Lady Scandalous Reconsidered. Ashgate, 2009. Pp. 286. 36 b&w illstrations, 4 colorplates.

Colleen Denney, (2005) Representing Diana, Princess of Wales: Cultural Memory and Fairy Tales Revisited. Fairleigh Dickinson University Press/Associated University Press, 2005. Pp. 300. 107 illustrations.

Colleen Denney, (April 2003), “Mothers of Future Kings: The Madonna Redux Phenomenon.” Journal of International Women’s Studies, Vol. IV, no. 2,, pp. 20-30.

Colleen Denney, (2000) At the Temple of Art: The Grosvenor Gallery, 1877-1890. Cranbury, NJ: Fairleigh Dickinson University Press; Toronto and London: Associated University Press. Pp. 263, 101 illustrations.


WMST 3710: Gender & Humanities

WMST 4780/5780: History of Women Artists

WMST 4830/5830: Victorian Women


2012, Seibold Professorship, College of Arts and Sciences, University of Wyoming

2011 Top Prof Mortar Board Award, University of Wyoming

2001 Extraordinary Merit for Advising, College of Arts and Sciences, University of


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