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Syracuse University, College of Arts and Sciences

Margaret Innes

Margaret Innes portrait

Postdoctoral Researcher

Art and Music Histories

308 Bowne Hall

Research and Teaching Interests

Margaret Innes specializes in the history of photography, photographic media and print culture, and modern and contemporary art. She is particularly interested in photography’s constitutive role in processes of nation-building and globalization; vernacular practices; and the cultural production of amateur networks and diasporic communities. Her postdoctoral project takes a critical look at the development of workers’ pictorials and worker-photography in the United States between the World Wars.


Ph.D., Harvard University, 2019

M.A., Hunter College, CUNY, 2012

B.A., Wesleyan University, 2004


Photography and Empire

Photography and the Fine Arts


“Représentations du prolétariat et quatrième pouvoir : la photographie ouvrière américaine avant le Front populaire,” Transbordeur: photographie, histoire, société 4 (2020). (Forthcoming)

Grants and Fellowships

2017-18 Henry Luce Foundation/American Council of Learned Societies Dissertation Fellowship.

2017-18 Harry Ransom Center Research Fellowship in the Humanities, Dissertation Fellowship.

2017 Center for Curatorial Leadership / Mellon Foundation Seminar in Curatorial Practice.

2016-17 Smithsonian American Art Museum / Smithsonian Institution, Patricia and Phillip Frost Predoctoral Fellowship.

AMH’s Margaret Innes Awarded ACLS Fellowship for Research on Radical Labor Press Photography

(Aug. 11, 2021)

Innes will continue work on her new book exploring photography and print media during the labor movement in the 1920s-1930s.