Keri Watson

Keri Watson, Ph.D.

Keri Watson is Assistant Professor of Art History in the School of Visual Arts and Design as well affiliated faculty in the Texts and Technology Ph.D. Program at UCF. She teaches upper level courses in 19th- and 20th-Century Art, American Art, and the History of Photography, as well as special topics courses: “The Art of Walt Disney,” “Southern Folk Arts,” and "African American Art." Dr. Watson's research, which focuses on the power of art to contribute to and challenge stereotypical representations of race, nationality, gender, sex, and dis/ability, has been recognized and supported by the National Endowment for the Arts the Institute of Museum and Library Services, the Association of American Colleges and Universities, the Fulbright-Terra Foundation, the Southeastern College Art Conference, and the Society for the Preservation of American Modernism. 


  • Ph.D. in Art History from Florida State University (2010)
  • M.A. in Art History from Florida State University (2006)
  • B.A. in Interdisciplinary Humanities from University of West Florida (2004)

Research Interests

  • Modern and Contemporary Art
  • History of Photography and Film
  • American Studies
  • Prison Education

Selected Publications


  • Watson, Keri. Art of the Non-Western World. Dubuque: Great River Learning, 2017.



  • Watson, Keri. “You’ve Got Art: Florida’s Post Office Murals.” In Florida Studies Review. Edited by Allyson D. Marino and Marcy L. Galbreath, 88-101. Newcastle: Cambridge Scholars Press, 2018.
  • Watson, Keri. "Curating Controversy in the Trump Era." Museums and Social Issues: A Journal of Reflective Discourse (2017). 
  • Watson, Keri, and Anastasia Salter. “Secret Societies of the Avant-garde,” GLS 11 Conference Proceedings, eds. Kyrie H. Caldwell et al (2016): 440-43.
  • Watson, Keri, and Anastasia Salter. "Playing Art Historian: Teaching 20th-Century Art through Alternate Reality Gaming," International Journal for Scholarship of Technology Enhanced Learning 1:1 (2016): 100-111.
  • Watson, Keri. “Disability in Art History.” Art History Teaching Resources Lesson Plans (2015). 
  • Watson, Keri. "'Before We Were Us, We Were Them': Curating Controversy," Journal of Museum Education 39 (2014): 96-107. 
  • Watson, Keri. “Parody as Political Tool in Patricia Cronin’s Memorial to a Marriage.Mosaic: A Journal for the Interdisciplinary Study of Literature 43:2 (2010): 79-94.    
  • Fredericks, Keri. “The Country Cousin: Advocating an Arcadian America.” Athanor 26 (2008): 81-89.

Book Sections/Chapters

  • Watson, Keri. “Picturing the Other: Disability and Difference in Eudora Welty’s Photographs and Stories.” Teaching the Works of Eudora Welty: Twenty-first Century Approaches. Eds. Julia Eichelberger and Mae Miller Claxton. Jackson: University Press of Mississippi, 2018.    
  • Watson, Keri and Patsy Moskal. “Scaling an Art History Reacting to the Past Game for Use at a Large Public University.” Playing to Learn with Reacting to the Past. Eds. C. Edward Watson and Thomas Chase Hagood. London: Palgrave Macmillan, 2017.    
  • Watson, Keri. "Difference and Disability: The Photography of Margaret Bourke-White.Disability and Art History. Eds. Ann Millet-Gallant and Elizabeth Howie. New York: Routledge, 2017. 
  • Watson, Keri. Eudora Welty’s Making a Date, Grenada, Mississippi: One Photograph, Five Performances.” Eudora Welty, Whiteness, and Race. Ed.Harriet Pollack. Athens: University of Georgia Press, 2013.
  • Wylder, Viki Thompson and Keri Fredericks. “Evoke/Invoke/Provoke: A Case Study of Judy Chicago’s Feminist Pedagogy, Vanderbilt University, Spring Semester 2006." In Florida Without Borders: Women at the Intersections of the Local and Global, edited by Sharon Kay Masters, 141-60. Newcastle: Cambridge Scholars Press, 2008.    


2018       National Endowment for the Arts Artworks Grant (Florida Prison Education Project)
2018 .     Southeastern College Art Conference Award for Outstanding Exhibition 
2018       Association of American Colleges and Universities Endeavor Foundation Grant
2018       National Endowment for the Arts Big Read (Station Eleven)
2018       American Association of State Colleges and Universities Grant
2017       Fulbright-Terra Foundation Award in the History of American Art
2017       National Endowment for the Arts Big Read (The Beautiful Things That Heaven Bears)
2017       Institute of Museum and Library Services Grant
2017       UCF Excellence in Undergraduate Teaching Award
2016       UCF Karen L. Smith Faculty Center for Teaching and Learning Faculty Fellow
2016       National Endowment for the Arts Big Read (The Grapes of Wrath)
2015       Society for the Preservation of American Modernists Grant
2015       National Endowment for the Arts Big Read (Their Eyes Were Watching God)
2015       UCF Office of Commercialization and Research In-House Research Grant
2014       UCF College of Arts and Humanities Research Initiative Program Grant
2013       Southeastern College Art Conference Award for Best Exhibition of Historical Materials


Director, The Florida Prison Education Project

Art Editor, Aquifer: The Florida Review Online


Course Number Course Title Mode Date and Time Syllabus
10017 ARH2500 History of Non-western Art World Wide Web (W) Unavailable
No Description Available
11405 ARH3610 American Art Mixed-Mode/Reduce Seat-Time(M) Tu 10:30 AM - 11:45 AM Unavailable
No Description Available
20615 ARH3631 African-american Art Mixed-Mode/Reduce Seat-Time(M) M 12:00 PM - 01:15 PM Unavailable
No Description Available
Course Number Course Title Mode Date and Time Syllabus
81719 ARH3888 Art of Walt Disney World Wide Web (W) Available

This course provides an overview of the life and art of Walt Disney, including animation, film, and theme park design.

81363 ARH4430 19th Century Art Face to Face Instruction (P) M,W 03:00 PM - 04:15 PM Available

A survey of the trends and developments in art during the 19th century, including the art of America and Western Europe.

91383 ARH5897 Adv Seminar in Art History Face to Face Instruction (P) M 06:00 PM - 08:50 PM Available

This course provides an in-depth study of Contemporary Art and Critical Theory. Organized thematically, this course will examine the art movements, styles, artists, and theories that animate contemporary critical debate. 

Course Number Course Title Mode Session Date and Time Syllabus
50944 ARH3888 Art of Walt Disney World Wide Web (W) A Available

This course considers Disney and his company in relation to art, society, and culture through the study of his contributions in the realms of animation, film, and the theme park. The scholarship on Disney is vast and diverse and weekly readings from Steven Watts' The Magic Kingdom: Walt Disney and the American Way of Life stress Disney’s life and historical context. You do NOT need to buy this book. It is available as an e-book from the John C. Hitt Library.

Updated: Dec 14, 2018