Prof. Erika Wolf, PhD

Honorary Research Associate
Visiting Research Fellow in Munich, October – December 2017

Curriculum Vitae

From October to December Professor Erika Wolf, PhD is a Visiting Research Fellow of the Graduate School in Munich. Wolf is an Associate Professor at the University of Otago in New Zealand and a leading expert on visual history. Her primary field of research is Soviet art and visual culture. She is presently completing the manuscript for "USSR in Construction: A Modernist Propaganda Magazine for the Stalinist Regime." This book examines the persistence, modification and transformation of Soviet avant-garde representational practices in light of the emerging Stalinist aesthetic of Socialist Realism in the 1930s through a study of the Soviet photographic magazine "SSSR na stroike" [= USSR in Construction]. Other areas of research interest include: Soviet photographic debates of the 1920s and 1930s, the visual culture of Soviet prison camps, Soviet writer-photographers, the proletarian photography movement, and Soviet cultural exchange.

Publications (selected)

  • Aleksandr Zhitomirsky: Photomontage as a Weapon of World War II and the Cold War. Chicago 2016.
  • Koretsky: The Soviet Photo Poster: 1930-1984. New York 2012.
  • The Soviet Union: From Worker to Proletarian Photography. In: J. Ribalta & E. Witschey (Eds.): The Worker Photography Movement [1926-1939]: Essays and Documents, pp. 32-46. Madrid 2011.


University of Otago
Department of History and Art History
PO Box 56
Dunedin 9054
(Room 2N11, Arts "Burns" building)
New Zealand

Graduate School for East and Southeast European Studies
Maria-Theresia-Str. 21
D-81675 München

Tel: +49 (0)89/2180-9594
Website (University of Otago)