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Faculty Profile

Madelynn Dickerson, MSc

Adjunct Faculty Member

Phone: 805-493-3431
Office: Pearson Library


Madelynn Dickerson teaches art history in CLU's Art Department and is the information specialist in charge of Reference Services in the Pearson Library, where she is also the subject specialist for the following: art, languages and cultures, environmental science, gender and women's studies, global studies, multimedia, political science, and the Professionals program.

Ms. Dickerson previously taught art history, including the art history survey, baroque and renaissance art, and non-Western art at the American Academy of Art in Chicago, IL.

She is interested in modernism, especially the theoretical relationship between surrealism, abstract expressionism, and poetics.

She also interested in theories of teaching the art history survey, approaches to teaching non-Western art, the relationship between visual art and writing, and librarianship. 



Western Archives Institute
Society of California Archivists

MSc, History of Art: History, Theory, and Display
University of Edinburgh

Thesis:  “Swans and Cygnes: A Critical Investigation into Robert Motherwell's Mallarmé's Swan and the Artist's Relationship with French Symbolist Poetics”

B.A. Literature (Intensive), with Honors
Concentration in Pre and Early Modern Studies and French
University of California, Santa Cruz


2013 The Handy Art History Answer Book. Detroit:Visible Ink Press