Danielle Stewart

2019-20 Princeton Mellon / Princeton Institute for International & Regional Studies Fellow

Danielle Stewart is an art historian whose research centers on Modern photography and the visual culture of mid-century Brazil. Her work investigates the capacity of mass distributed artistic, documentary, journalistic, and advertising photographs to shape urban spaces and construct urban imaginaries. At Princeton, Danielle will revise her dissertation, Framing the City: Photography and the Construction of São Paulo, 1930-1955, into a book manuscript that analyzes how photographs of mid-twentieth century São Paulo helped to forge the city’s identity as a modernized, industrial metropolis. 

Born and raised in the San Francisco Bay Area, educated in Utah, and a resident of Harlem, Danielle has also lived in Curitiba, Brazil. This wide range of American cityscapes fundamentally informs Danielle’s research. Danielle completed her MPhil and PhD in Art History at the Graduate Center, CUNY, and her BA and MA degrees at Brigham Young University. She has presented her research at numerous venues including conferences hosted by the Universidade de São Paulo, the Universidad Nacional Autónoma de México, the College Art Association, and the Latin American Studies Association. Her work has appeared in publications by the Museu de Arte de São Paulo, the Instituto Moreira Salles, the Fundación Cisneros, and H-ART (Universidad de los Andes). Danielle has also taught courses on Latin American art and photography at Hostos College, Brooklyn College, Lehman College, and The Cooper Union. 

Stewart’s fellowship is made possible through the support of the Andrew W. Mellon Foundation and the Princeton Institute for International & Regional Studies’ Brazil Lab.