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Sabrina DeTurk, Ph.D.

Dr. Sabrina DeTurk is currently Assistant Professor in the College of Arts and Creative Enterprises at Zayed University in Dubai.  Dr. DeTurk’s research interests center on art as a form of social commentary and on cross-cultural currents between the art of the Middle East and the West from the Renaissance to present day.  She has two books in progress: Street Art in the Middle East: Place, Politics and Visual Style, to be published with I.B. Tauris and Images of Women in Renaissance Venice: Social, Political and Economic Contexts, to be published with Amsterdam University Press. She is also the author of several journal articles and has presented at numerous U.S. and international conferences.

From 2008 to 2014, Dr. DeTurk served as Associate Dean and Executive Director of Graduate Arts and Sciences at Saint Joseph’s University in Philadelphia, PA where she played a leading role in the development of online graduate programs in the College.  She continues to teach in the University’s online graduate program in Criminal Justice, focusing on professional writing courses.  She previously held faculty and administrative positions at La Salle University (Philadelphia) and Salem College (Winston-Salem, NC).

Published Works:

  • DeTurk, S. (2015) The ‘Banksy Effect’ and street art in the Middle East. Street Art and Urban Creativity Scientific Journal, 1:2, 22-30.
  • DeTurk, S. (2013) The contested space of memory: New York’s 9/11 Memorial. The International Journal of Social, Political and Community Agendas in the Arts, 7, 47-55.
  • DeTurk, S. (2011) Commemoration and caution: Artistic responses to the wars in Iraq and Afghanistan. Journal of the Association of Western Art History, 35, 273-287.

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