Professor Oriana Baddeley

Oriana Baddeley is Dean of Research at University of the Arts London and member of the Transnational Art, Identity and Nation (TrAIN) research centre.

Baddeley studied History and Theory of Art at the University of Essex. Her doctoral subject, researching the historiography of definitions of ‘art’ in relation to Ancient Mexico, formed the basis for work on the 1992 exhibition The Art of Ancient Mexico at the Hayward. 

She has written extensively on contemporary Latin American art, including Drawing the Line: Art and Cultural Identity in Contemporary Latin America (Verso 1989, co-author Valerie Fraser) and collaborated with Gerardo Mosquera to produce Beyond the Fantastic: Art Criticism from Contemporary Latin America (inIVA/MIT 1996). 

With Toshio Watanabe and Partha Mitter, (2001–04), she worked on a major AHRC funded project, Nation, Identity and Modernity: Visual Culture of India, Japan and Mexico, 1860s–1940.

She is on the Inter-national Advisory Committee of the University of Essex Collection of Latin American Art, and the editorial board of Art History, is a Trustee of the St Catherine Foundation in London and New York, and the Ashley Family Foundation.