Joseph Hartman

Joseph Hartman
Assistant Professor
Humanities and Social Sciences

Contact Info
Haag Hall, 204E and Fine Arts Building, 213
Art History, Latinx and Latin American Studies


Joseph R. Hartman is Assistant Professor of Art History and Latinx and Latin American Studies at the University of Missouri-Kansas City. Hartman’s research focuses on the intersections of architecture, visual culture, and cultural politics in the Americas and the Caribbean during the twentieth century. He is author of the book Dictator’s Dreamscape: How Architecture and Vision Built Machado’s Cuba and Invented Modern Havana (University of Pittsburgh, 2019). Hartman is also the editor of a volume of essays titled Imperial Islands: Art, Architecture, and Visual Experience in the US Insular Empire after 1898 (University of Hawaii Press, forthcoming). His writings have appeared in exhibition catalogs, such as the Torrance Art Museum’s Cuban Matrix, as part of the Pacific Standard Time: LA/LA initiative; and in scholarly journals, including the Journal of the Society of Architectural Historians, Cultural Politics, Journal of Cultural Heritage, The Latin Americanist, and Hemisphere: Visual Cultures of the Americas. His research has been supported among others by the American Philosophical Society, the Graham Foundation for Advanced Studies in the Fine Arts, and the University of Missouri Research Board. Hartman is currently working on a book manuscript titled Eye of the Hurricane: Politics of Art, Architecture, and Climate Change in the Modern Caribbean.

Academic Credentials

  • Ph.D. in Art History from Southern Methodist University, Dallas, Texas
  • M.A. in Art History from University of North Texas, Denton, Texas
  • B.A. in Art and Spanish from Goshen College, Goshen, Indiana

Courses Taught

  • Arts of African/New World Cultures
  • Introduction to Latinx and Latin American Studies
  • Introduction to the History of Art: Pyramids to Picasso
  • Made in the USA: Latinx Art and Experience
  • Whose America? Art and Philosophy of the Modern Americas


  • After the Hurricane: Art, Race, and Climate Change in the Modern Caribbean, College Arts Association Annual Conference (Climate Crisis Content), 2021
  • University of Missouri Tier-Three Research Development Grant recipient, 2020
  • Dictator’s Dreamscape: How Architecture and Vision Built Machado’s Cuba and Invented Modern Havana (Pittsburgh, PA: University of Pittsburgh Press, 2019)
  • Graham Foundation Publication Grant recipient, 2018