Associate Professor Leesa Rittelmann joined the SUNY Fredonia faculty in 2005 after earning PhD and MA degrees in Art History from the University of Pittsburgh and a BS in Museum Education from The Pennsylvania State University. She teaches the history and theory of modern and contemporary art with a concentration on the History of Photography, New Media and Gender Studies. Her doctoral dissertation "Constructed Identities: The German Photobook from Weimar to the Third Reich" (2003) was supported by two German Academic Exchange Service Scholarships, two Foreign Language Area Studies Fellowships and an Andrew Mellon Pre-doctoral Fellowship.
Dr. Rittelmann has delivered papers in the U.S. and abroad on topics as diverse as Victorian American photography, virtual digital woman, global eco-art, fetish theory, and Nazi aesthetics. Recent publications include: “’Superior to Any Drawing’: Charles Darwin and the Evolution of Modern Portrait Photography” in 150 Years of Evolution: Darwin’s Impact on the Humanities and Social Sciences (San Diego State Press, forthcoming); "Winold Reiss to Kara Walker: The Silhouette in Black American Art" in From Black to Schwarz: Cultural Crossovers between African America and Germany (L.I.T. Verlag, 2010); and “Facing Off: Photography, Physiognomy, and National Identity in the Modern German Photobook,” in Radical History Review (Duke University Press, 2010).
Prior to her appointment at SUNY Fredonia, Rittelmann served as a curatorial/research assistant at Pittsburgh’s Carnegie Museum of Art and taught at The University of Pittsburgh and Carnegie Mellon University in Pennsylvania, Whitman College in Washington state, and Hartwick College in Oneonta, NY.