Art provides a window into new worlds, revealing things we might otherwise struggle to imagine. Critical Studies applies critical theory to visual culture, and investigates the role creative research, thinking, and writing can play in transforming systems of oppression.

Department Chair

Shawna Lipton

Chair, MA in Critical Studies and Associate Professor


Shawna Lipton is Associate Professor and Chair of the MA in Critical Studies Program at the Pacific Northwest College of Art. She received her Ph.D. in Literature and Cultural Theory from the University of Wisconsin-Milwaukee.

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