Barnaby Haran_August 2018

Dr Barnaby Haran

Lecturer in American Arts

Faculty of Arts, Cultures and Education

01482 465640

Barnaby teaches and researches American visual culture with a specialism in the history of photography.

His monograph, Watching the Red Dawn: The American Avant-Garde and the Soviet Union, 1922-33, was published by Manchester University Press in 2016.

Barnaby is currently researching American photographic culture of the early 1930s, enabled by a postdoctoral travel grant from the Terra Foundation.


Research Interests

  • Art and visual culture

  • American photography

  • Radical culture

  • Transnational avant-garde networks

  • Documentary film

Research groups

  • Transnationality Studies, University of Hull.

  • SAVAnT (Scholars of American Visual Arts and Text)


Haran B, Watching the Red Dawn: The American Avant-Garde and the Soviet Union, 1922-33, Manchester University Press (2016)

Carter W, Haran B and Schwartz F J (eds.), Re/New Marxist Art History, Art Books (2013)

Haran B, 'Shaping the Mass Mind: Frederick Kiesler and the Psychology of Selling', Alison Clarke and Elana Shapira, eds., Émigré Cultures in Design and Architecture, Bloomsbury (2017)

Haran B, 'Tractor Factory Facts: Margaret Bourke-White's Eyes on Russia and the Romance of Industry in the Five-Year Plan', Oxford Art Journal (2015)

Haran B, '"Red Hashar": Louis Lozowick's Lithographs of Soviet Tajikistan', Carter W, Haran B and Schwartz F J (eds.), Re/New Marxist Art History, Art Books (2013)


Programmes taught on (2019)

Modules list

  • America in Theory

  • American Film and Society

  • Themes in American Photography

  • New York City in Culture

  • MoMA: Creating the Culture of Art in America

  • Telling the Truth: American Documentary Culture from the Muckrakers to Fake News

Research PhDs

Dr Haran welcomes applications in

  • American art and visual culture

  • histories of photography

  • avant-garde and documentary film

  • radical culture

Teaching awards and accolades

  • Postgraduate Certificate in Academic Practice, 2017

  • HEA Fellowship

Professional highlights

Academic qualifications

  • BA

  • MA

  • PhD (University College London)

External roles

  • Steering group for Hull College of Art and Design Foundation Degree: ‘Visual Culture: Theory and Practice’

Awards and accolades

  • Terra Foundation Postdoctoral Research Travel Grant, 2016-17, for the project ‘Skyscrapers and Scrapheaps: American Photographic Culture in the Early Years of the Great Depression, 1929-1933’.