Keri Watson

Keri Watson, Ph.D.

Dr. Watson joined the faculty in 2014, having taught previously at Ithaca College, Auburn University at Montgomery, and the Savannah College of Art and Design-Atlanta. She teaches undergraduate and graduate courses in modern and contemporary art and the history of photography and specializes in twentieth-century American art. Her current book project examines representations of disability in films, photographs, and paintings produced during the Great Depression.


  • 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
  • Race, Ethnicity, Gender, Sexuality, and Dis/ability in Modern and Contemporary Visual Culture
  • Southern Art and Literature

Selected Publications




  • Watson, Keri, and Anastasia Salter. “Secret Societies of the Avant-garde,” GLS 11 Conference Proceedings, eds. Kyrie H. Caldwell, Sean Seyler, Amanda Ochsner, and Constance Steinkuehler (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. “‘Before We Were Us, We Were Them’: Curating Controversy.” Journal of Museum Education 39:1 (March 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

  • Forthcoming Watson, Keri. “Picturing the Other: Disability and Difference in Eudora Welty’s Photographs and Stories.” In Teaching the Works of Eudora Welty: Twenty-first Century Approaches, edited by Julia Eichelberger and Mae Miller Claxton. Jackson: University Press of Mississippi, 2017.    
  • Forthcoming Watson, Keri and Patsy Moskal. “Scaling an Art History Reacting to the Past Game for Use at a Large Public University.” In Reacting to the Past: Research Into Best Practices and Student Learning, edited by C. Edward Watson and Thomas Chase Hagood. London: Palgrave Macmillan, 2016.    
  • Watson, Keri. “Difference and Disability: The Photography of Margaret Bourke-White.” In Disability and Art History, edited by Ann Millet-Gallant and Elizabeth Howie. New York: Routledge, 2017. 
  • Watson, Keri. Eudora Welty’s Making a Date, Grenada, Mississippi: One Photograph, Five Performances.”  In Eudora Welty, Whiteness, and Race, edited by Harriet Pollack, 73-94. 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.    

Conference Papers/Presentations

  • Watson, Keri. “American Sideshow: Disability during the Great Depression,” The International Conference on Educational, Cultural, and Disability Studies, Centre for Culture and Disability Studies, Liverpool, United Kingdom, July 2017.   
  • Watson, Keri. “Gendered and Abled Performances in the Art of Eudora Welty and Reginald Marsh,” College Art Association 105th Annual Conference, “Crip Affects: New Approaches to Disability Studies in Art History, New York, New York, February 2017.
  • Watson, Keri. "The Grapes of Wrath: Picturing Migration during the Great Depression," Florida College English Association, St. Petersburg, Florida, October 2016.
  • Watson, Keri. “Manhatta: The Legacy of Charles Sheeler and Paul Strand’s 1921 Cinematic Experiment,” College Art Association 104th Annual Conference, International Association of Word and Image Studies Special Session, “In the Light of Modern Media: Word and Image Analysis as Heuristic Tool,” Washington, DC, February 2016
  • Watson, Keri. “Altering the Reality of the Classroom,” THATCamp Florida,” Orlando, Florida, February 2016   
  • Watson, Keri. “Florida and The Entertainment Industry: The Legacy of the Sideshow in Central Florida,” Flickering Landscapes Conference, Orlando, FL, November 2015
  • Watson, Keri. “You’ve Got Art: Florida’s Post Office Murals,” Florida College English Association Annual Conference, St. Petersburg, Florida, October 2015 

  • Watson, Keri, and Anastasia Salter, “Secret Societies of the Avant-garde,” Games Learning Society 11, Madison, Wisconsin, July 2015
  • Watson, Keri. “Using Technology to Teach Large Classes,” Virginia Tech Conference on Teaching Large Classes, Blacksburg, Virginia, July 2015
  • Watson, Keri. “Difference and Disability in Erskine Caldwell’s and Margaret Bourke-White’s You Have Seen Their Faces,” Society for Disability Studies Annual Conference, Atlanta, Georgia, June 2015
  • Watson, Keri, and Anastasia Salter, “Playing Art Historian: Designing an Adventure Game for 20th-Century Art History Courses,” HASTAC (Humanities, Arts, Science, and Technology Alliance and Collaboratory) 2015 Conference, Kellogg Center, Michigan State University, May 2015 
  • Watson, Keri. “Representing the Sideshow: Dis/Ability and Difference during the Great Depression,’” 61st Annual Southeastern College Art Conference, “American Art Open Session,” Sarasota, Florida, October 2014
  • Watson, Keri. “‘Before We Were Us, We Were Them’: Curating a Controversial Subject,” College Art Association 102nd Annual Conference, Association of Historians of American Art Special Session, “Art History as Civic Engagement,” Chicago, Illinois, February 2014
  • Watson, Keri. “Elizabeth McCausland: Critic, Curator, and Activist,” 60th Annual Southeastern College Art Conference, “Confronting Challenges, Asserting Presence: American Women Artists 1900-1970,” Greensboro, North Carolina, October 2013 

  • Watson, Keri. “Elizabeth McCausland and the Photo-book,” Auburn University Research Week, Auburn, Alabama, April 2013 

  • Watson, Keri. “The Southern Civil Rights Movement and Let Us Now Praise Famous Men,” College Art Association 101st Annual Conference, SECAC Special Session, “The Place of the Viewer,” New York, NY, February 2013 

  • Watson, Keri. “Creating a Better Society: The Importance of Volunteerism,” Alabama Anchor Clubs Annual Convention, Montgomery, Alabama, January 2013   
  • Watson, Keri. “Freaks, Gaffs, and Photographs: (Dis)ability and the Great Depression,” Midwest Modern Language Association 54th Annual Convention, “Freaks and Geeks,” Cincinnati, Ohio, November 2012
  • Watson, Keri. “Picturing the South in Farm Security Administration Photography,” Scholars Without Walls, Daphne High School, Daphne, Alabama, October 2012
  • Watson, Keri. “Photography and the Civil Rights Movement,” Scholars Without Walls,

    Daphne High School, Daphne, Alabama, September 2012

  • Watson, Keri.“12 Million Black Voices: Voice and Visibility in Richard Wright’s Great Migration Polemic,” Southern Studies Conference, Montgomery, Alabama, February 2012   
  • Watson, Keri. “Captioning the Image: The Significance of Text in You Have Seen Their Faces,” 58th Annual Southeastern College Art Conference, “Text and Texture,” Savannah, Georgia, October 2011
  • Watson, Keri. “Step Right Up . . . Freaks, Gaffs, and Photographs: Eudora Welty’s ‘Keela, The Outcast Indian Maiden’ and 1930s Carnival Photographs,” Auburn University at Montgomery Master of Liberal Arts Lecture Series, October 2011   
  • Watson, Keri. “Parody and the Grotesque in You Have Seen Their Faces,” Savannah College of Art and Design-Atlanta Liberal Arts Lecture Series, April 2011
  • Watson, Keri. “One Time: One Place?: The Political Performance of Photography,” South Atlantic Modern Language Association, Atlanta, Georgia, November 2010
  • Watson, Keri. “Eudora Welty’s Photographs,” Ivy Hall Lecture Series, Atlanta, Georgia, October 2010 

  • Watson, Keri. “Diachronic Readings: Eudora Welty’s 1930s Photographs,” 56th Annual Southeastern College Art Conference, Mobile, Alabama, October 2009 

  • Watson, Keri. “‘Black Saturday’: Eudora Welty’s Unpublished Photographic Essay of Depression-era Mississippi,” 20th Annual American Literature Association Conference, Boston, Massachusetts, May 2009
  • Watson, Keri. “Bridging Differences,” Panel Chair, Eudora Welty Society Centennial Conference, Jackson, Mississippi, April 2009.
  • Watson, Keri. “A Pattern of the Three: Fletcher Steele, Mabel Choate, and Naumkeag Gardens,” Popular Culture Association/American Studies Association, New Orleans, Louisiana, October 2008.   

Miscellaneous Publications

  • Watson, Keri. “Serving My Community.” The Organizer 2:1 (2016), 10.

  • Watson, Keri. "Integrative Learning in Southern Folk Arts: The Big Read and Digital Storytelling." In UCF Faculty Focus 15:1 (2016).
  • Watson, Keri. “Disability Studies Now,” The Organizer 1:1 (2015): 11-12.

  • Watson, Keri. “Increasing Student Engagement in Large Classes.” In UCF Faculty Focus 14:2 (2015).

  • Watson, Keri. "There's a Game for That: Teaching Art History with 'Reacting to the Past.'" Art History Teaching Resources Journal (Spring 2015).

  • Watson, Keri. “Use Pop Culture to Energize Online Discussions.” In K. Thompson and B. Chen (Eds.), Teaching Online Pedagogical Repository. Orlando, FL: University of Central Florida Center for Distributed Learning (2015). 

  • Watson, Keri. “Disability in Art History.” Art History Teaching Resources Lesson Plans (2015). 



No courses found for Spring 2018.

No courses found for Fall 2017.

Course Number Course Title Mode Session Date and Time Syllabus
61215 ARH3888 Art of Walt Disney Web A Web Not Online
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10018 ARH2500 History of Non-western Art Web Web Not Online
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19227 ARH3610 American Art Rdce Time Tu 10:30AM - 11:45AM Not Online
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19266 ARH4450 20th Century Art Rdce Time Th 10:30AM - 11:45AM Not Online
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Course Number Course Title Mode Date and Time Syllabus
81885 ARH3710 History of Photography Ⅰ Web Web Not Online
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81654 ARH4430 19th Century Art Face2Face M,W 10:30AM - 11:45AM Not Online
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90836 ARH5897 Adv Seminar in Art History Face2Face Tu 6:00PM - 8:50PM Not Online
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Course Number Course Title Mode Session Date and Time Syllabus
61458 ARH3631 African-american Art Web B Web Available
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