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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. Colleen Denney is Professor of Art History/Gender and Women’s Studies. She teaches courses on gender in art, including ones on Gender and the Humanities, History of Women Artists, and Victorian Women’s Lives: Their Art, Literature and Culture. Her classes are interdisciplinary, reaching across art, literature, culture and feminist theory in order to examine and celebrate women’s lived experiences, both historically and today.

   She is also past Director of the Gender and Women’s Studies Program during which time she mounted, in conjunction with her students, a Take Back the Night March on UW campus/in the community that addressed a topic she knows well, the history of women’s activism. She incorporates this history into all of her courses, including the First-Year Seminar on “Sex and the International City.” More recently, she organized a Take Back the Night Candlelight Vigil during Women’s History Month in concert with students in her Visual Culture of Women’s Activism course. (See photo).

  Her research focuses on representations of women in Victorian and Edwardian culture. Her most recent book addresses four scandalous women in Victorian culture and how they chose to image themselves to counter cultural critique (see book cover).

Her forthcoming book, Raise Your Banner High! The Visual Culture of Women’s Activism from 1860 to the Present: From London to Paris and Beyond, is forthcoming from McFarland Press and focuses on banners, posters, and other visual propaganda of the first wave through the fourth wave.

When she is not on campus, she spends her time looking at art, road biking, doing yoga, and dancing to live music


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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