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Sascha Scott

Sascha Scott

Sascha Scott

Associate Professor


Art and Music Histories
308 D Bowne Hall
Office: 315.443.5033


Native American and Indigenous Studies


Ph.D., Art History, Rutgers University, 2008

M.A., Art History, George Washington University, 2001

B.A., Anthropology, The Colorado College, 1997


Social/Academic Links

Courses Taught


The Visual Arts of the Americas
19th-Century American Art
20th-Century American Art
Native North American Art
The Landscape in American Art
Cowboys and Indians: The Art and Myth of the American West (co-taught w/Prof. Scott Manning Stevens)
Art History Senior Seminar: Research and Professional Practices


Proseminar in Graduate Research Methods and Scholarly Writing
The Literature of Art Criticism
Critical Perspectives in American Art
Picturing Native America
Cowboys and Indians: Art and the Myths of the American West (co-taught w/Prof. Scott Manning Stevens)
Art in the Age of the Airplane
The Art of Native America
Native Modernisms

Research Interests

Sascha Scott is a specialist in 19th- and 20th-century American art and Native North American art. In addition to offering survey courses dedicated to these topics, she teaches upper-level courses that expand out from her research, including seminars that explore the intersection of art and politics, art and social justice, and art and the environment. Professor Scott is also a member of the Native American and Indigenous Studies faculty.

Selected Publications


In progress, Modern Pueblo Painting: Art, Colonization, and Indigenous Visual Sovereignty.

In progress, O’Keeffe: Unsettling American Modernism .

A Strange Mixture: The Art and Politics of Painting Pueblo Indians (University of Oklahoma Press, 2015).
* Awarded a Wyeth Foundation Publication Grant
* Recipient of the Historical Society of New Mexico’s Ralph Emerson Twitchell Award, Significant Contribution to the Field of History, 2016


Sascha Scott (2020) "Georgia O’Keeffe’s Hawai‘i? Decolonizing the History of American Modernism", American Art, Volume 34, Number 2, Summer 2020, DOI:
** Awarded the Smithsonian American Art Museum’s Patricia and Philip Frost Essay Award for excellent scholarship in the field of American art history

Sascha Scott (March 2020) “Ana-ethnographic Representation: Early Modern Pueblo Painters, Scientific Colonialism, and Tactics of Refusal,” Arts 9, n.1,

Sascha T. Scott (2019) Georgia O’Keeffe’s “Black Place”, The Art Bulletin, 101:3, 88-114, DOI: 10.1080/00043079.2019.1564178

Sascha Scott (2013) "Awa Tsireh and the Art of Subtle Resistance", The Art Bulletin, 95:4, 597-622, DOI: 10.1080/00043079.2013.10786095
** Awarded the Arthur Kingsley Porter Prize for a distinguished article published in Art Bulletin by a junior scholar

Sascha Scott (2015) "Unwrapping Ernest L. Blumenschein’s The Gift", American Art, Volume 25, Number 3, Fall 2011, DOI:

Selected Awards, Honors, Grants

Research Awards

New Foundation for Art History Fellowship, 2024

Patricia and Philip Frost Essay Award, Smithsonian American Art, 2021

Howard Foundation Fellowship, Brown University, 2018-2019

NEH Summer Stipend, summer 2018

Syracuse University Humanities Faculty Fellow, spring 2018

The College Art Association's Arthur Kingsley Porter Prize, 2013

Wyeth Foundation Publication Grant, 2013

Clements Research Fellowship, Clements Center for Southwest Studies, Southern Methodist University, 2012

Andrew W. Mellon Short-term Fellowship, Huntington Library, 2011-2012

Ethel-Jane Westfeldt Bunting Fellowship, School for Advanced Research, Summer 2011

Henry Luce Foundation/ACLS Dissertation Fellowship in American Art, 2007-08

American Association of University Women American Dissertation Fellowship 2007-08 (Declined)

Pre-Doctoral Fellowship, Smithsonian American Art Museum, 2006-07

Teaching Awards

Prize for Excellence in Master’s Level Teaching, College of Arts and Sciences, Syracuse University, 2016

Meredith Teaching Recognition Award, Syracuse University, for “teaching innovation, effectiveness in communicating with student and lasting value of courses,” 2014


Humanities New York Action Grant Awarded for SU Art Museum Exhibition

(Dec 14, 2022)

Scott is awarded Humanities New York Grant to curate art exhibition with Indigenous students at the SU Art Museum.

Sascha Scott Receives Smithsonian American Art Museum Award for her Essay on Decolonizing U.S. Art History

(June 17, 2021)

The award committee noted that Scott’s essay marks a pivotal moment in the field.

Ensuring Accuracy Online

(May 8, 2020)

Students update Indigenous artists’ Wikipedia entries.

Art of Resistance and Resilience

(June 20, 2018)

While researching early 20th century Pueblo painters, Sascha Scott seeks to decolonize academic processes

Excellence Personified

(May 22, 2018)

Humanities Center Fellows praised for "disciplinary rigor, interdisciplinary creativity, ethical engagement"

Creative Conversations: Faculty Research in the Humanities (Part I)

(May 2, 2018)

Humanistic research thrives at Syracuse, thanks to collaborations with artists, scientists, engineers, librarians

NEH Funding Supports Two Syracuse Projects

(April 20, 2018)

Continued funding critical for humanities research, Gerald Greenberg says

Two A&S Professors to Receive Top Awards for Teaching excellence

(April 28, 2016)

Raina, Scott Honored for Work with Graduate Students

Art Historians Make History at Syracuse

(Jan. 3, 2015)

Professors Luis Castañeda and Sascha Scott make authorial debuts with art books on ’68 Olympics and Native cultures, respectively