KARLA MCMANUS is an art historian and visual theorist who specializes in the study of photography and the environmental imaginary. Her writing and research focuses on how historic and contemporary concerns, from wildlife conservation, to environmental disasters, to anxiety about the future, are visualized photographically.

Born and raised in Winnipeg, Karla received a BFA in video art from the University of Manitoba in 2004. Karla studied at Carleton University, Ottawa, where she completed a M.A. in Art History in 2009. In 2015, she was awarded a PhD from the Department of Art History at Concordia University. From 2015 to 2017, Karla was a SSHRC Postdoctoral Fellow in the Department of Art History and Art Conservation at Queen’s University.

Karla’s research informs her teaching of the histories and theories of photography and art. She has taught at Concordia University (Montreal) and at Queen’s University (Kingston). Since August 2017, she has been an Assistant Professor (Limited Term) in Toronto, at Ryerson University’s School of Image Arts, teaching in the Photography Studies, Film and Photography Preservation and Collections Management, and Documentary Media Programs.


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