Jennifer González, Professor, History of Art and Visual Culture, UC Santa Cruz, writes about contemporary art with an emphasis on installation, digital and activist art. She is interested in understanding the strategic use of space (exhibition space, public space, virtual space) by contemporary artists and by cultural institutions such as museums. More specifically, she has focused on the representation of the human body and its relation to discourses of race and gender.
González's publication history includes the monographs Subject to Display: Reframing Race In Contemporary Installation Art (MIT Press, 2008) and Pepón Osorio (University of Minnesota Press, 2013). González also served as chief editor for the co-edited volume Chicana and Chicano Art: A Critical Anthology, with Ondine Chavoya, Chon Noriega and Tere Romo (Duke University Press 2019). She has published articles in numerous scholarly and art publications such as Journal of Visual Culture, Frieze, Bomb, Diacritics, Archives of American Art Journal, Camera Obscura, Open Space and Art Journal.
González has received fellowships from the Ford Foundation, the American Association of University Women, and the American Council of Learned Societies. She lectures extensively at universities and art museums nationally and internationally and teaches regularly at the Whitney Museum Independent Study Program, New York.