Miriam Oesterreich

is a Professor of Design Theory/Gender Studies at the University of the Arts Berlin. She was previously Athene Young Investigator, Postdoctoral Fellow in Art History and Research Associate at the Department of Fashion & Aesthetics at the Technische Universität Darmstadt. She was also a post-doc researcher in the research project Worlding Public Cultures – The Arts and Social Innovation at Heidelberg University and continues to be an associated member. She is currently researching the global entanglements of Mexican Indigenism as an avant-garde art practice.

In her dissertation, she analyzed the stagings of 'exotic' bodies in early pictorial advertising, 1880-1914 for art history. Oesterreich studied art history, Romance studies and ancient American studies at the universities of Heidelberg, Havana (Cuba), Valencia (Spain) and at the Freie Universität Berlin. In 2016, she was a fellow at the Transregional Academy Modernisms - Concepts, Contexts, and Circulation in São Paulo, and in 2017 at the Transregional Academy Mobility - Objects, Materials, Concepts, Actors in Buenos Aires. For her ongoing habilitation project on Mexican Indigenism, she received the Departmental Research Award of the TU Darmstadt; in 2019 she was Ansel Adams Fellow of the Center for Creative Photography, University of Arizona. She is co-editor of the peer-reviewed open-access journal Miradas - Journal for the Arts and Culture of the Américas and the Iberian Peninsula.

Her research interests include: Latin American Art history, Indigenism and Modernisms, transcultural transfer processes of artistic practices, 19th and 20th-centuries art history, entanglements of fine arts and popular cultures, design and fashion, as well as gender and body politics.