Linda Stratford is an art scholar, historian, writer, and educator whose chief mission is to stir up thoughtful discussion about art.
Her style is intimate, personal, and conversational, inviting the widest range of “pilgrims” inside works of art. Currently teaching at Asbury University, she received her Ph.D. from the State University of New York, Stony Brook, in history, with emphasis on Art and Society. She has pursued research on the theological foundations of artistic expression, co-founding the Association of Scholars of Christianity in the History of Art, critiquing the autonomy of modern and contemporary art as separate from religious purposes. She makes regular research trips to France and is founder and director of Asbury University’s Paris Semester program. Her primary interest is critical examination of the impact of identity politics on the reception of various art movements, one in particular being the dynamics of inclusion and exclusion impacting the reception of expressionist abstraction in post-World War II France.