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TCNJ Art Professor Selected to Co-Lead Author Global Art History Survey Textbook

Why a Leading NJ Arts School Professor Has Been Selected as an Author for Historic Global Art Textbook

Deborah Hutton TCNJ

 EWING, NJ June 15, 2021 – Professor of Art History in the School of the Arts and Communication at The College of New Jersey (TCNJ) Dr. Deborah Hutton has been selected to co-lead author the first global art history survey textbook of the 21st century.


“The History of Art: A Global View”, published by London’s Thames & Hudson, comprises 75 cohesive chapters and addresses the need to improve inclusivity in art history education.


“Along with editing chapters, I helped to recommend vocabulary choices throughout the entire volume. The writing and editing processes have been very collaborative. The team held digital chats to brainstorm the challenges of contextualizing global art history,” says Dr. Hutton. The TCNJ professor wrote the book’s sections on South Asian and Islamic art. She specializes in art created for South Asian Muslim courts between the 16th and early 20th centuries. Discussing the role of scholars in the field, she remarks, “My goal is to help move art history forward.”


The international art history reference is organized chronologically to emphasize cultural connections over time. Thematic sections include: “The Earliest Art,” “Early Cities and Empires,” “The Spread of Religions,” “Looking Inward, Exploring Outward,” “Imperialism, Revolution, and Innovation,” and “Art in a Connected World”. The comprehensive textbook will be integrated with adaptive assessment tool InQuizitive, featuring zoomable images, architectural panoramas, tutorials, animations and videos showcasing historical eras and themes, media and processes, and visual analysis exercises.


Thames & Hudson’s historic publication features leading experts from higher education institutions including Emerson College, University of Massachusetts Boston, University of Chicago and Calvin University. Dr. Jean Robertson of Indiana University contributed as the other co-lead author for the book.


TCNJ’s School of the Arts and Communication Dean Maurice Hall explains, “Dr. Hutton’s work on this historic global art history book is exemplary of the talented faculty students encounter while attending our school. We are proud that her innovative approach has received the recognition it deserves.” The Department of Art and Art History at TCNJ is the number two best school to study fine and studio arts in New Jersey.


Founded in 1949, Thames & Hudson is one of the world’s leading publishers of illustrated books with over 2,000 titles in print. Thames & Hudson publishes high-quality books across ‎all areas of visual creativity: the arts (fine, applied, decorative, performing), architecture, design, photography, fashion, film and music, and also archaeology, history and popular culture.


The School of the Arts and Communication is TCNJ’s interdisciplinary arts, performance, music, multimedia and communication studies branch. Proud to provide students with a top-tier liberal arts education, the school is an inclusive community of dedicated teaching professionals focused on preparing young minds to flourish as productive citizens in a complex world. Watch student films and music performances on ArtsComm DIGITAL, a brand-new digital platform by the School of the Arts and Communication.