Professor Kowell holds a Ph.D. in The History of Art from the University of Pennsylvania, where she trained as a modern and contemporary Western European and American art specialist. She has taught numerous courses on 19th-century art historical topics, with a specific concentration on French Classicism and modernism. Her scholarly research spans Russian avant-garde and mid-century Soviet visual propaganda, which formed the focus of her doctoral thesis titled Agit-plakat: The Destalinization of Soviet Posters (1956-1966). Among other themes, her thesis explores the various artistic strategies that the younger generation of official artists employed in AN attempt to separate political posters from the influence of Socialist Realist painting during the first decade of de-Stalinization. She has recently co-curated an exhibition titled Laughing Matters: Soviet Propaganda in Khrushchev’ s Thaw that opened at the University of Pennsylvania and travell ed to Grinnell College and the USC Annenberg School of Communication and Journalism. She has lectured on her research on Russian avant-garde posters and published on Soviet film, cartoons, and Soviet Cold War propaganda, as well as produced reviews of films and art history books. She was the recipient of the Provost Award on Interdisciplinary Innovation from the University of Pennsylvania and The Caroline and Erwin Swann Foundation for Caricature and Cartoon from the Library of Congress, Washington, D.C.