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Amy Woodson-Boulton - Loyola Marymount University. Los Angeles, CA, US

Amy Woodson-Boulton Amy Woodson-Boulton

Associate Professor of History | Loyola Marymount University


Bellarmine College of Liberal Arts



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Amy Woodson-Boulton is associate professor and recent past chair of the history department at Loyola Marymount University in Los Angeles, California. She earned her doctorate from UCLA in 2003. Her work concentrates on cultural reactions to industrialization, particularly the history of art museums, the social role of art, and the changing status and meaning of art and nature in modern society, particularly the intersections between anthropology and art writing in the Age of Empire. She has received funding from a number of institutions, including the National Endowment for the Humanities and the Huntington Library in San Marino, California, and has published a monograph, Transformative Beauty: Art Museums in Industrial Britain (Stanford, 2012), as well as coediting a volume of essays, Visions of the Industrial Age, 1830–1914: Modernity and the Anxiety of Representation (Ashgate, 2008). Her essays have appeared in History Compass, The Journal of British Studies, Museums and Society, Victorian Review, the BRANCH online collective (Britain, Representative, and Nineteenth-Century History), and in edited volumes.

Education (3)

University of California at Los Angeles: Ph.D., History 2003

University of California at Los Angeles: M.A., History 1999

University of California at Berkeley: B.A, History 1994


Areas of Expertise (7)


European History

Art History

Museum Studies



British History

Accomplishments (1)

Elected Companion of the Guild of St. George (professional)


Driven by his deep faith in social justice, John Ruskin established the Guild of St George in the 1870s to right some of the social wrongs of the day and make England a happier and more beautiful place in which to live and work. More active than ever before, we continue to promote the value of art, craftsmanship and a sustainable rural economy, putting Ruskin's ideas into practice in the 21st century. http://www.guildofstgeorge.org.uk/

Affiliations (4)

  • North American Victorian Studies Association
  • Pacific Coast Conference on British Studies
  • North American Conference on British Studies
  • Advisory Board Victorian Review

Languages (3)

  • French
  • Spanish
  • German (reading)

Research Grants (25)

Faculty Research Accont

Bellarmine College, Loyola Marymount University $2500


To support archival research in the history of anthropology and art in the UK.

Faculty Research and Writing Grant

Bellarmine College, Loyola Marymount University $5000


To support continuing research on the history of anthropology and art.

Continuing Faculty Summer Research Grant

Loyola Marymount University 


Alpha Sigma Nu Jesuit Honors Society Member

Loyola Marymount University 


Faith and Justice Summer Research Grant

Loyola Marymount University 


Continuing Faculty Summer Research Grant

Loyola Marymount University 


Conference Organizing Grant, “New Directions in British Studies”

Bellarmine College of Liberal Arts 


Transformation of an Upper-Division Course in the Major Grant

Loyola Marymount University 


Robert R. Wark Fellowship

The Huntington Library, Art Collections, and Botanical Gardens 


Summer Stipend

National Endowment for the Humanities 


Bellarmine College Research Grant

Loyola Marymount University $10,000


Continuing Faculty Summer Research Grant

Loyola Marymount University 


New Faculty Summer Research Grant

Loyola Marymount University 


Faculty Summer Research Grant

Juniata College 


Dissertation Year Fellowship

History Department, UCLA 


Edward A. Dickson Fellowship in the History of Art

Art History Department, UCLA 


Walter L. Arnstein Prize in Dissertation Research

Midwest Victorian Studies Association 


Pauley Fellowship

College of Letters & Science, UCLA 


University Fellowship

History Department, UCLA 

University Fellowship History Department, UCLA

Laura Kinsey Memorial Award for Excellence in Teaching

History Department, UCLA 


Dissertation Research Grant

UC Center for European and Russian Studies 

Dissertation Research Grant UC Center for European and Russian Studies

Predissertation Research Grant

UC Center for German and European Studies 


History Graduate Student Association Vice President/Secretary

History Department, UCLA 


Undergraduate Research Apprenticeship

College of Letters & Science, UC Berkeley 


Honorary Regents Scholarship

UC Berkeley Office of the President 


Courses (14)

The Artist and the Machine

At Loyola Marymount University (Los Angeles, California) in Spring 2016, the students in Dr. Amy Woodson-Boulton's undergraduate History seminar "The Artist and the Machine" conducted research into the work of Thomas Horsfall and his context. Each student chose a topic related to his work, and then formed groups around relevant themes - art, nature, labor, children, and the city. From the beginning and throughout the process, the students relied on the vital support, instruction, and expertise of LMU's Digital Scholarship Librarian Melanie Hubbard as they translated their research into a digital exhibition format. The project developed in concert with the Horsfall Space and the University of Manchester, and the seminar class visited Manchester in February 2016, when they shared their initial ideas and website plan with the Horsfall Space web team. The work on this site therefore reflects the students' work and ideas about Horsfall and his historical period. It is intended to examine specific objects, texts, and images from the Ancoats Art Museum and the broader culture, in order to understand the ideas behind Horsfall's work. We hope that visitors enjoy how each student explored the period in a unique way, and how the exhibits combine to provide a kaleidoscopic view of late Victorian Manchester. Please direct any questions to Prof. Woodson-Boulton.

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The Age of Empire, 1850-1950

Upper-division lecture course

Crime Stories: Morality, Deviance, and Popular Culture in Modern Britain

University Core: Interdisciplinary Connections

Early Modern Europe 1300-1815

Early Modern Europe 1300-1815

European Colonies: Ireland and Poland


Modern World History

University Core: Historical Analysis and Perspectives

History and Historians/What is History?

Historiography and historical methodology.

Modern Europe 1815-2000

Upper-division lecture course

Modern Britain, 1688/1800 to the Present

Upper-division lecture course

Modern Ireland, 1800 to the Present

Upper-division lecture course

Utopia, Or a History of the Future, 1500 to the Present

Honors Core: Historical Analysis and Perspectives

Art and Power

University Core: First Year Seminar

Topics in Public History: Britain and the British Empire

University Core Flags: Information Literacy and Engaged Learning

Topices in Public History: Britain, Ireland, and the Empire

History 4910: Topics in Public History: Britain, Ireland, and the British Empire, was an upper-division History course at Loyola Marymount University in Los Angeles, California, taught by Prof. Amy Woodson-Boulton in Fall 2017. The course introduced students to the issues and practice of public history, which is dedicated to addressing and engaging the broader public in issues of history, memory, commemoration, and identity. We considered public history through a study of the British Isles in relation to the world. What forms has public history taken in Britain, Ireland, and the former British Empire? How have the British and Irish debated their role in Europe, their own national identities, and their role as colonizers and colonized? How have they engaged with meaningful debate about the role of history in politics and national identity? What debates over commemoration, visibility, and invisibility or erasure have become important for people in Britain, Ireland, and their former colonies? Students identified and researched a specific topic related to Britain, Ireland, and the world, and collaborated to translate their research into this website. By putting their study of public history theory into practice in a public forum, students were able to connect their (virtual) out-of-classroom experience with their academic content. Public history as a practice means connecting past ideas, lives, and experiences to the present day, illustrating the need for continual re-interpretation, and communicating the gripping interest of historical research to those outside of academia. The experience of considering the broader implications of their academic work has invited students — and invites our broader audience — to consider the meaning and uses of information in general, and of history in particular, in public debates and in the formation of communal (national, racial, ethnic, religious) identities.

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Articles (6)

‘The natives have a decided feeling for form’: Oceania, ‘Primitive Art,’ and the Illusion of Simplicity

South Seas Encounters: Nineteenth-Century Oceania, Britain and America

ed. Richard Fulton, Peter Hoffenberg, Stephen Hancock, and Allison Paynter (New York: Routledge, 2018), 15-36


Part of The Nineteenth Century Series

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You Are What You Reform? Class, Consumption, and Identity in Victorian Britain

Kinship, Community, and Self: Essays in Honor of David Warren Sabean

“You Are What You Reform? Class, Consumption, and Identity in Victorian Britain,” in Kinship, Community, and Self: Essays in Honor of David Warren Sabean, ed. Jason Coy, Benjamin Marschke, Jared Poley, and Claudia Verhoeven (Berghahn Books, 2014), 230-244

John Ruskin and the Art Museum Movement

BRANCH (Britain, Representation and Nineteenth-Century History)

“John Ruskin and the Art Museum Movement,” BRANCH (Britain, Representation and Nineteenth-Century History), www.branchcollective.org (Fall 2012)

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Victorian Museums and Victorian Society

History Compass

“Victorian Museums and Victorian Society,” History Compass 6/1 (January 2008): 109–146

‘Industry without Art Is Brutality’: Aesthetic Ideology and Social Practice in Victorian Art Museums

Journal of British Studies

“‘Industry without Art Is Brutality’: Aesthetic Ideology and Social Practice in Victorian Art Museums,” Journal of British Studies 46/1 (January 2007): 47-71

The Art of Compromise: The National Gallery of British Art, 1890-1892

museum & society

“The Art of Compromise: The National Gallery of British Art, 1890-1892,” museum & society 1/3 (November 2003): 147-169