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Simon Baker

" After studying History of Art at UCL (BA, MA & PhD) I worked as a University Lecturer, teaching History of Art. At the same time I worked on exhibitions as an external curator, and wrote about contemporary art. I left academia after five years to become Senior Curator of Photography at Tate, and from there I moved to the Maison Européenne de la Photographie in Paris.  

Simon Baker, Director of the Maison Européenne de la Photographie, Paris

Jo Applin Senior Lecturer History of Art - York University

I completed my undergraduate degree and PhD at UCL, after which I was a Henry Moore Postdoctoral Fellow in the department. After many years teaching at the University of York I moved to the Courtauld Institute of Art in 2016, where I teach modern and contemporary art with a particular focus on American art since 1950.

Jo Applin, Reader and Head of the History of Art Department, Courtauld Institute of Art


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The Department has a vibrant alumni community. As an alumni, you will be invited to special events, lectures and book launches.

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