Loyola University Chicago

Department of Fine and Performing Arts

Fine Arts

Olivia Wolf, Ph.D.

Title/s:  Assistant Professor of Art History

Office #:  Mundelein 905


External Webpage: https://luc.academia.edu/CarolineOliviaMWolf


Dr. Wolf's research and teaching embraces a transregional perspective, with a primary specialization in Latin American art and architecture and an emphasis on diasporic intersections across the Global South.

Her current research examines the art and architectural patronage of Arab diaspora (mahjar) communities in modern Latin America as a response to transnational discourses and migration. She is also interested in the African diaspora in Latin America, presenting recent research at the 2021 Terra Foundation 'Landscapes of the Americas' conference and CIHA World Congress.

Her work has been supported by the Fulbright-Hays DDRA fellowship, the Society of Architectural Historians, and the National Endowment for the Humanities, among others. Wolf also served as the Camfield Fellow for the Latin American Art at the Museum of Fine Arts, Houston (MFAH) in 2013-2014, and was a Visiting Scholar at the Calouste Gulbenkian Museum in 2019. Her publications have been featured in Hemisphere: Visual Cultures of the Americas and the Routledge Encyclopedia of Modernism, among others.

Prior to teaching at Loyola University Chicago, Wolf taught art history courses at the University of Tennessee at Chattanooga, Rice University, and New York University Buenos Aires Global program.

 Image Credit: Angela Foster


PhD, Rice University
MA, Indiana University Bloomington
BFA, University of Notre Dame

Research Interests

Latin American Art and Architecture
Diaspora and Identity in Visual Culture
Art and Patronage networks between Latin America and the Middle East
Art and Patronage networks between Latin America and Africa
Islam in Latin American Visual Culture
Mudéjar forms and interpretations in Ibero-America
The Global South
Decolonial Theory