Christina Smylitopoulos | College of Arts

Christina Smylitopoulos

Associate Professor, Art History
School of Fine Art and Music
Phone number: 
519 824 4120 x 53783


Dr Christina Smylitopoulos is Associate Professor of Art History in the School of Fine Art and Music and a specialist in British art and visual culture of the long eighteenth century. Before joining the faculty at the University of Guelph, she was a Postdoctoral Research Associate at the Yale Center for British Art. She earned her PhD from McGill University where she was awarded the Arts Insights Dissertation Award for the best dissertation of 2011 in the humanities and holds an MA from the Centre for Eighteenth Century Studies at the University of York (UK). She was a Social Science and Humanities Research Council of Canada Doctoral Fellow and a Paul Mellon Centre Junior Fellow and has received research grants from, among others, SSHRC (IDG), the Huntington Library, the Swann Foundation for Caricature and Cartoon at the Library of Congress, and the Houghton Library at Harvard University. Her recent publications can be found in Hats Off, Gentlemen: Changing Arts of Communication in the Eighteenth Century (Paris: Honoré Champion Éditeur series Lumières internationales); Revue d'art canadienne/Canadian Art Review (RACAR); The British Art Journal, Eighteenth-Century Life, and Word and Image in the Long Eighteenth Century: An Interdisciplinary Dialogue and she has edited a collection of essays entitled Agents of Space: Eighteenth-Century Art, Architecture and Visual Culture (CSP, 2016). A recipient of the 2014-2015 College of Arts Teaching Excellence Award, her general teaching interests fall within the latter half of the early modern period, roughly from the mid-seventeenth century to the end of what is commonly referred to as the ‘long eighteenth century’ (the 1830s). This period encompasses the European Age of Exploration, the Enlightenment, as well as the Revolutionary and the Napoleonic periods. Stylistically, she considers late Renaissance, Baroque, Rococo, Neoclassical, and Romanticism as well as the approaches to art production which may complicate or defy stylistic conventions.