Kris Paulsen

Kris Paulsen

Kris Paulsen

Associate Professor, Department of History of Art

210 Pomerene Hall
1760 Neil Ave.
Columbus, OH 43201

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Areas of Expertise

  • Experimental Film and Media Studies
  • Contemporary Art
  • Video Art
  • New Media Art and Theory
  • Curatorial Studies
  • Critical Theory


  • Ph.D., University of California – Berkeley
  • M.A., University of California – Berkeley
  • B.A., Brown University

Kris Paulsen is an Associate Professor in the Department of History of Art, and a core faculty member of Film Studies at The Ohio State University. She received her BA in History of Art and Art-Semiotics at Brown University, and her MA and PhD at the University of California, Berkeley in the Department of Rhetoric with a designated emphasis in New Media.

She is a specialist in contemporary art, with a focus on time-based and computational media. Her first book, Here/There: Telepresence, Touch, and Art at the Interface (MIT Press, 2017), received the 2018 Anne Friedberg Award for Innovative Scholarship from the Society for Cinema and Media Studies. Her work traces the history of technology in the arts from photography to new media, with a particular emphasis on telepresence, virtuality, interface studies, and early video art. Her current research addresses the logics of quantification and virtuality in contemporary art and culture, with particular attention to how they intersect with the physical, fleshy body.

Other publications, on topics such as experimental television, Artificial Intelligence, automation, 1990s Net Art, photographic theory, network aesthetics, and curatorial studies have appeared in numerous journals, books and exhibition catalogs. Links to these works can  be found on her website,, and on at

Dr. Paulsen is the recipient of The Ronald and Deborah Ratner Distinguished Teaching Award (2017-2018) and The Rodica C. Botoman Award for Distinguished Teaching and Mentoring (2015-2016). She has spearheaded innovative teaching projects at Ohio State, such as  and developing History of Art’s  curriculum for the Contemporary Art and Curatorial Practice program and establishing a long-term collaboration with the Columbus Museum of Art to enable classes to curate exhibitions from the collection. In 2018, her students wrote and published  more than 100 short essays for the 2018 FRONT Triennial catalog.  From 2012 to 2016 she was co-director of The Center for Ongoing Research & Projects, an experimental art space in Columbus, OH.

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