Loyola University Chicago

Fine Arts

Department of Fine and Performing Arts


Olivia Wolf, Ph.D.

Title/s:  Assistant Professor of Art History

Office #:  MUND 905

Phone: 773-508-8307

Email: owolf2@luc.edu

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


Caroline “Olivia” Wolf‘s research and teaching emphasizes diasporic and transregional intersections in visual culture, engaging her primary specialization in Latin American and Latinx art and architecture, and secondary area in Middle Eastern art and architecture. She is particularly interested in the art and architectural patronage of diasporic artists, agents, and communities across Latin America and ties in the region to the broader Global South.

Her current book project examines key works of art and architecture sponsored by the Arab diaspora (mahjar) in Latin America’s southern cone. By highlighting the public memorials and spaces of collectivity (such as social clubs and places of worship) sponsored by this religiously diverse immigrant community in Argentina and beyond in the early to mid-twentieth century, Wolf demonstrates how these modern migrant patrons strategically shaped new transnational identities in a nation where their presence was first contested.

Wolf is also currently developing the edited volume, Expanding Dialogues of Diaspora: Manifestations of Islamic Architecture in the Americas, under contract with Intellect Press. Wolf has also published several peer-reviewed book chapters and articles in journals such as Hemispheres: Visual Cultures of the Americas andLatin American and LatinX Visual Cultures. A portion of her research also engages with the African diaspora in Latin America, having presented recent work on this topic at the 2021 Terra Foundation 'Landscapes of the Americas' conference, 2022 SECAC conference, and 2022 CIHA World Congress.

Her research 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 work has been published in Argentina, Europe, Turkey, and the United States.

Prior to teaching at Loyola University Chicago, Wolf held a tenure-track position as an Assistant Professor of Art History at the University of Tennessee at Chattanooga. She was also a Lecturer for New York University’s Buenos Aires Global program, and taught art history as an instructor at Rice University and Indiana University Bloomington.

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PhD, Art History, Rice University
MA, Art History, Indiana University Bloomington
BFA, Design, University of Notre Dame (Cum Laude)

Program Areas

Latin American Studies

Islamic World Studies

Global Studies

Research Interests

Latin American Art and Architecture

Diaspora and Identity in Visual Culture

Middle Eastern Art & Architecture

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

Selected Publications

  • “Marking Time, Marking Movement: Mexico City's Ottoman Clock Tower as a Transnational Expression of Immigrant Identity,” Hemisphere: Visual Cultures of the Americas, Volume IX, Walk This Way: Migrations & Geographies of Knowledge (Albuqureque: University of New Mexico Press, 2016), 24-43.http://digitalrepository.unm.edu/hemisphere/
  • “The Pen Has Extolled Her Virtues: Gender and Power within the Visual Legacy of Shajar al-Durr in Cairo,” In Calligraphy and Architecture in the Muslim World, edited by Mohammad Gharipour and İrvin Cemil Schick. (Edinburgh: Edinburgh University Press, 2014), 199-216. 

For further publications, please see Dr. Wolf’s website: https://luc.academia.edu/CarolineOliviaMWolf