University at Buffalo
Department of


Art & Design

Art History

Visual Studies

Berin Golonu, PhD

Clinical Assistant Professor

Visual Studies

Office: CFA 230A
Phone Number: 716-645-0544

Born in Istanbul, Berin Golonu holds a PhD (2017) from the Visual and Cultural Studies Program at the University of Rochester, an MA (2003) from the California College of the Arts and a BA (1993) from Vassar College. Golonu’s research interests include Middle Eastern modern and contemporary art, Ottoman and Orientalist art and visual culture, art and environmentalism in developing Asian countries, and photographic histories of the Middle East. Her book project “Modernizing Nature/Naturalizing Modernization: Late Ottoman and Early Turkish Republican Landscape Imagery, 1876-1939” looks at how processes of nation-building, economic development, and imperatives for conservation and preservation are reflected in the region’s modern landscape imagery.

Golonu’s other writings on modern and contemporary art have appeared in publications such as AfterimageApertureArt in AmericaArt on PaperArt PapersfriezeModern PaintersThird Text and Zing Magazine. She has lectured internationally at institutions including California College of the Arts, Institut Français d’Études Anatoliennes Istanbul, Museum of Photographic Arts San Diego, UCL London, Museums Quartier Wien Vienna, San Francisco Museum of Modern Art, Stanford University, University of Rochester and Yerba Buena Center for the Arts. Between 2003-2008 Golonu served as a curator at Yerba Buena Center for the Arts in San Francisco where she organized more thirty individual and group exhibitions. Between 1999-2003 she was editor-in-chief of Artweek magazine, a regional publication of West Coast art. Some of her writings and past curatorial projects can viewed at

Read course descriptions in the Undergraduate Catalog-ART and on the Graduate Courses page.

Other Visual Studies/Art History Faculty:


202 Center for the Arts, North Campus
Buffalo, New York 14260-6010
(716) 645-6878
(716) 645-6970 fax
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