Christina Smylitopoulos | College of Arts

Christina Smylitopoulos

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


Dr. Christina Smylitopoulos is Associate Professor at the University of Guelph’s School of Fine Art and Music and has published work in the areas of eighteenth-century art and visual culture and the pedagogical capacities of art collections. Recent publications include Artful Encounters: Sites of Visual Inquiry (2021); Spaces of Wonder, Wonder of Space: Encountering the 18Th Century in Image, Object, and Text—a winner of the Leab Exhibition Catalogue Award—and she has written essays for, among others, The Mocking Image: Visual Satire from the 18th Century to Today; RACAR; and The British Art Journal. She was a Postdoctoral Research Associate at the Yale Centre for British Art and selected grants/fellowships/research associateships awarded include SSHRC (IG; IDG; Connection); the Ontario Ministry of Science, Research, and Innovation; Lewis Walpole Library; Huntington Library; Swann Foundation for Caricature and Cartoon (Library of Congress); and the Houghton Library (Harvard).


Dr Smylitopoulos was a recipient of the 2019 UGFA Distinguished Professor Award for Excellence in Teaching and a 2014 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 spans the European Age of Exploration, the Enlightenment, as well as the Revolutionary and the Napoleonic periods. In her courses, students will explore the High Renaissance, the Baroque, the Rococo, Neoclassicism, and Romanticism along with approaches to artistic production that may complicate or defy stylistic categorizations. She also supervises graduate students in the MA in Art History and Visual Culture and a range of undergraduate and graduate experiential learning opportunities.