Phillippa Pitts


Phillippa Pitts is a Horowitz Foundation Fellow for American Art at Boston University. Her research questions deeply ingrained definitions of ‘American’ identity and culture in the nineteenth and early twentieth century, examining the ways in which these constructions are underpinned by ideas of expansion, immigration, and xenophobia, as well as discourses of indigeneity. Her dissertation project employs a disability studies lens to explore pharmaceutical imaginaries in the nineteenth-century United States and their legacies today.

Before returning to doctoral work, Phillippa worked in museum exhibitions, interpretation and technology for almost a decade, and remains passionate about equity, inclusion, and accessibility in the arts. At BU, Phillippa works with the Center for Teaching & Learning where she researches high-impact strategies for remote learning and innovative approaches to ELL and UDL inclusion in the classroom.

She is a senior editor for the scholarly magazine Sequitur, and has served as an officer with the BU GSHAAA. To learn more about her most recent activities and research, visit her profile page on the Department of History of Arts & Architecture