J. M. Mancini (Ph.D., M.A., Johns Hopkins; B.A., University of Virginia) is Associate Professor in History. For 2021-2022 she has been appointed Terra Visiting Professor in the Department of Culture, John F. Kennedy Institute, Freie Universität Berlin, https://www.jfki.fu-berlin.de/en/faculty/culture/persons/index.html.
Before coming to Maynooth, she taught in the University of Sussex, in University College Cork, and in Canada. She has held grants and fellowships from institutions including the Getty Research Institute, the Smithsonian Institution, the Huntington Library, the Paul Mellon Centre, the British Library's Eccles Centre, and the AHRB (UK).
Mancini is an interdisciplinary scholar whose historical interests intersect with interests in architecture, the built environment and cities; art and material culture; citizenship and migration; and education. Her most recent book, Art and War in the Pacific World: Making, Breaking and Taking from Anson’s Voyage to the Philippine-American War (California, 2018) was described as ‘essential reading for scholars interested in the global interchange of art, objects, and architecture during the eighteenth and nineteenth centuries’ (American Historical Review) that ‘expertly highlights the entwined nature of art and war . . . and the impact that warfare can have on city planning and architecture’ (Journal of American History), a ‘compelling work of interdisciplinary scholarship’ (Pacific Historical Review) and ‘a remarkable work’ (Global Maritime History). She is also the author of Pre-Modernism: Art-World Change and American Culture from the Civil War to the Armory Show (Princeton, 2005) as well as articles and essays in a wide range of international peer-reviewed journals including American Quarterly, Critical Inquiry, and the Journal of American History. Her collaborative research includes Architecture and Armed Conflict: The Politics of Destruction (Routledge, 2015), edited with Keith Breshahan, and an upcoming special issue of American Nineteenth Century History, edited with Billy Coleman.
Mancini’s writing has won Irish and international prizes including the Peggy O’Brien Book Prize, the Charles C. Eldredge Prize, the Patricia and Phillip Frost Essay Prize and the Yasuo Sakakibara Prize. She was elected to the Royal Irish Academy in 2022.
Mancini takes an interest in communicating academic perspectives to wider audiences. In addition to numerous contributions to Newstalk Radio's Talking History, she has appeared on Irish and international programmes including RTÉ Television's Prime Time and live U.S. Presidential election panels, Today with Sean O'Rourke, The Pat Kenny Show, BBC World Service's World Questions, and the Virginia Foundation for the Humanities show BackStory, broadcast on National Public Radio.
|2018|| Art and War in the Pacific World.
J. M. Mancini (2018) Art and War in the Pacific World. Oakland: University of California Press. [Details]
|2015|| Architecture and Armed Conflict.
J. M. Mancini and Keith Bresnahan, eds. (2015) Architecture and Armed Conflict. London: Routledge. [Details]
|2005|| Pre-Modernism: Art-World Change and American Culture from the Civil War to the Armory Show.
J. M. Mancini (2005) Pre-Modernism: Art-World Change and American Culture from the Civil War to the Armory Show. Princeton, N.J: Princeton University Press. [Details]
Peer Reviewed Journals
|2016|| 'Disrupting the transpacific: objects, architecture, war, panic'
Mancini J. (2016) 'Disrupting the transpacific: objects, architecture, war, panic'. Colonial Latin American Review, 25 (1):35-55 [DOI] [full-text] [Details]
|2015|| 'Horizons pacifiques de l'art americain'
J. M. Mancini; Dana Leibsohn (2015) 'Horizons pacifiques de l'art americain'. Perspective (France), (2):148-154 [DOI] [full-text] [Details]
|2010|| 'Because It Is My Culture: Technology and Agency in the Overseas US Cultural History Classroom'
Mancini, JM (2010) 'Because It Is My Culture: Technology and Agency in the Overseas US Cultural History Classroom'. Journal of American History, 96 :1127-1132 [Details]
|2008|| 'Citizenship Matters: Lessons from the Irish citizenship referendum'
Mancini, JM;Finlay, G (2008) 'Citizenship Matters: Lessons from the Irish citizenship referendum'. American quarterly, 60 :575-599 [Details]
|2011|| 'Siege mentalities: Objects in motion, british imperial expansion, and the pacific turn'
J. M. Mancini (2011) 'Siege mentalities: Objects in motion, british imperial expansion, and the pacific turn'. Winterthur Portfolio-A Journal Of American Material Culture, 45 (2-3):125-140 [full-text] [Details]
|2011|| ''Pedro Cambón’s Asian objects: a transpacific approach to eighteenth-century California''
J. M. Mancini (2011) ''Pedro Cambón’s Asian objects: a transpacific approach to eighteenth-century California''. American Art, 25 :28-51 [full-text] [Details]
|2002|| 'Discovering Viking America'
Mancini, J. M. (2002) 'Discovering Viking America'. Critical Inquiry, 28 :868-907 [full-text] [Details]
|1999|| 'One Term is a Fatuous as Another:' Responses to the Armory Show Reconsidered'
Mancini, J. M. (1999) 'One Term is a Fatuous as Another:' Responses to the Armory Show Reconsidered'. American quarterly, 51 :833-870 [full-text] [Details]
|1998|| ''The Safeness of Standing Alone: Alfred Stieglitz, Camera Work and the Organizational Roots of the American Avant-Garde''
Mancini, J. M. (1998) ''The Safeness of Standing Alone: Alfred Stieglitz, Camera Work and the Organizational Roots of the American Avant-Garde''. Canadian Review of American Studies, 28 :37-79 [full-text] [Details]
|2019|| 'Condensed reprint of 'Pedro Cambón’s Asian objects: a transpacific approach to eighteenth-century California''
J. M. Mancini (2019) 'Condensed reprint of 'Pedro Cambón’s Asian objects: a transpacific approach to eighteenth-century California'' In: S. Sloboda and M. Yonan (eds). Eighteenth-Century Art Worlds. London: Bloomsbury. [Details]
|2017|| 'American Art’s Dark Matter: Uncirculation from Revolution to Empire'
J. M. Mancini (2017) 'American Art’s Dark Matter: Uncirculation from Revolution to Empire' In: F. Brunet (eds). Circulation. Chicago: Terra Foundation for American Art, dist. by University of Chicago Press. [Details]
|2016|| '‘Her life within the home’: The construction of gender and female international migrant workers in the Republic of Ireland'
Graham Finlay and J. M. Mancini (2016) '‘Her life within the home’: The construction of gender and female international migrant workers in the Republic of Ireland' In: Women migrant workers: Ethical, political and legal problems. New York: Routledge. [DOI] [Details]
|2015|| 'The Pacific World and American Art History'
J. M. Mancini (2015) 'The Pacific World and American Art History' In: Companion to American Art. London: Wiley-Blackwell. [Details]
|2012|| 'Destructive Creation: The U.S.-Philippine Relationship in American Art'
J. M. Mancini (2012) 'Destructive Creation: The U.S.-Philippine Relationship in American Art' In: East-West Interchanges in American Art. Washington, D.C: Smithsonian Institution Scholarly Press. [Details]
|2015|| 'Bully Pulpit'
Mancini, J. M. (2015) 'Bully Pulpit' Panorama: Journal of the Association of Historians of American Art, Winter . [full-text] [Details]
Mancini, J. M. (2009) ''Worlds'' American Art, 23 . [full-text] [Details]
|2003|| ''Reviving the Folk Revival''
Mancini, J. M. (2003) ''Reviving the Folk Revival'' Common-Place, 3 . [full-text] [Details]
Honours and Awards
|0||+Book, article and paper prizes+||Since Ph.D.|
|2012||Patricia and Phillip Frost Essay Prize||American Art (Smithsonian American Art Museum)|
|2008||Charles C. Eldredge Prize for Outstanding Scholarship in American Art||Smithsonian American Art Museum|
|2002||Yasuo Sakakibara Prize||American Studies Association|
|0||+External fellowships and grants+||Since Ph.D.|
|2016||Publication (Author) Grant||Paul Mellon Centre for Studies in British Art|
|2015||Research Support Grant||The Paul Mellon Centre for Studies in British Art|
|2014||Travel Grant||Latin American Studies Association|
|2012||Msgr. Francis Weber and Mayer Fellow||Huntington Library, San Marino, California|
|2011||Eccles Centre Visiting European Fellowship in North American Studies||British Library/BAAS|
|2007||Helm fellowship, Lilly Library||Indiana University|
|2006||Getty Scholar 2006-2007||Getty Research Institute|
|2005||British Academy Exchange Grant||Royal Irish Academy|
|2003||Arts and Humanities Research Board Small Grant in the Creative and Performing Arts||AHRB (UK)|
|2002||Andrew Oliver Research Fellowship||Massachusetts Historical Society|
|2001||Robert R. Wark Fellowship||Huntington Library and Art Gallery, San Marino, California|
|1999||Postdoctoral Fellowship||Smithsonian Institution|
|1998||Research Grant||Minnesota Historical Society|
|2001||Hamilton Research Grant||Elizabeth Dafoe Library, University of Manitoba|
|1997||Johns Hopkins University||Ph.D.|
|1992||Johns Hopkins University||M.A.|
|1990||University of Virginia||B.A. with High Honors|
Selected Invited Lectures/Seminars: Courtauld Institute of Art, 1/2020; UCLA, 11/19; Universidad de los Andes, Bogotá, Colombia, 8/19; University College Dublin, 3/18; Burke Lecture, Department of Art History, Indiana University, 9/16; W. A. Emmerson Lecture, National College of Art and Design, Dublin, 3/15; 'L’Armory Show à 100 ans/The Armory Show at 100', Musée d’Orsay, Paris, 12/13; 'Religion and American Art', CASVA, National Gallery of Art, Washington, 10/12; History Teachers’ Association of Ireland, 3/12; Alan Graham Memorial Lecture (Plenary), European Association for American Studies, 3/10; 'East-West Interchanges in American Art’, Smithsonian American Art Museum, 10/09; ‘Words Matter’, Smithsonian American Art Museum (Keynote, ‘Art Worlds, World Arts’), 9/08 Selected network participation: ·Initiative Fellow, Material Economies of Religion project directed by the Center for the Study of Material and Visual Cultures of Religion, Yale Univ. (http://mavcor.yale.edu/), 2017-present ·COST Action IS0904, 'European Architecture beyond Europe' (2012-2014)