Biographical Sketch

Ellen Hoobler, Assistant Professor of Art History at Cornell College, has been voted one of the "40 Under 40" of "Professors Who Inspire" by the website In 2014, she was one of the co-Directors of NEH Digital Humanities Startup Grant HD51944, "Dangerous Embodiments: Theories, Methods, and Best Practices for Historical Character Modeling in Humanities 3D Environments." Ellen has extensive experience in Latin America, particularly Mexico, and her field of specific expertise is pre-Columbian art of Mexico. 

Link to Curriculum Vitae

Academic History

  • Ph.D. in Art History and Archaeology, Columbia University, 2011 
  • M.Phil. in Art History and Archaeology, Columbia University, 2006
  • M.A. in Art History and Archaeology, Columbia University, 2004 
  • B.A. in Latin American Studies, with a minor in Art History, Wellesley College, 1998

Courses Taught

  • Pre-Columbian Art of Mexico 
  • Aztec Art and Culture
  • Islamic Art and Architecture 
  • Modern Art in Mexico, 1910-1968
  • Museum Studies (taught at McLennan Center, Chicago)
  • Art Since 1960
  • Modern Art (1850-1950)
  • 19th Century Art 

Faculty-Student Research

  • In Summer 2014, Hoobler collaborated with students Ve'Amber Miller (CC ' 15) and Catherine Quinn (CC '15) to survey and measure tombs of the ancient Zapotec peoples at the site of Monte Alban, Oaxaca, Mexico. From this data, they are creating 3D digital reconstructions of the tombs, for publication and dissemination to local indigenous communities near the archaeological site.