Barnaby Haran_August 2018

Dr Barnaby Haran

Lecturer in American Arts

Faculty of Arts, Cultures and Education

School of Histories, Languages and Cultures

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’.