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Isadora Helfgott is Vice Provost for Global Engagement at the University of Wyoming. In that capacity, she leads global initiatives across the university to help UW meet its strategic mission related to internationalization and global engagement. Areas of oversight include the International Students and Scholars office, the UW Education Abroad office, the Center for Global Studies, and the UW International Academic English Program/English Language Center.
Isadora received her Ph.D. and M.A. in History from Harvard University and her B.A. in History and Art History from Swarthmore College. She has participated in international collaborations in Cambodia, India, and the U.K., and has led study abroad courses focused on the history and practice of museums and other cultural heritage institutions and artistic movements. She joined the History faculty at UW in 2009 and has served as Department Head for the Department of History and American Studies and Program Director for the minor in Museum Studies. In addition to the Center for Global Studies, her service across the university has included work with the Gender and Women’s Studies program, the Wyoming Institute for Humanities Research, the UW Art Museum, the College of Arts and Sciences, and the Research and Economic Development Division.
In her research as a cultural historian, Isadora focuses on the history and politics of art appreciation and patronage, cultural institutions, global networks of cultural exchange, and museum exhibition practice. Her current research projects explore the history of art exhibitions at international expositions, the history of international loans of objects among museums, the visibility of institutional histories and the legacy of colonialism in contemporary museum practice, the federal government's commission of artists to respond creatively to water management projects of the Bureau of Reclamation in the 1960s, the life, art, and politics of artist Anton Refregier, and the persistence of social and global engagement among American artists after 1945.