Sabrina DeTurk

Lecturer in Honors

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B.A. (1992) History of Art, Wellesley College
M.A. (1996) and Ph.D. (1998) History of Art, Bryn Mawr College

Sabrina DeTurk is a Lecturer in the Honors College. Her research centers on art as a form of
social commentary and on cross-cultural currents between the art of the Middle East and the
West from the early modern period to the present day. Prior to joining the University of Maine,
Dr. DeTurk held faculty and administrative positions at La Salle University and Saint Joseph’s
University in Philadelphia, Salem College in Winston-Salem and Zayed University in Dubai,

Scholarly interests: contemporary Middle Eastern art, art in early modern Italy, gender and art,
material culture and heritage

Why I teach in Honors:
The heart of education is the process of asking questions and engaging in critical discussion and
reflection about ideas that have shaped our global past and present and will impact our shared
future. Honors classes facilitate and support that kind of rigorous and sustained inquiry, in
conversation with great texts and works of art from around the world.

Street Art in the Middle East was published in 2019 by I.B. Tauris and my second book, Women
and Contemporary Art in the Gulf, will be published by Routledge in 2022. I am co-editor of the
book series “Cultural Heritage, Art and Museums in the Middle East,” also with Routledge and
have published numerous articles, exhibition reviews and book chapters on topics related to
visual culture.

Honors Involvement: I teach in the Civilizations sequence.