Ruth L. Bohan received her Ph.D. in American Studies from the University of Maryland and has taught at the University of Missouri-St. Louis since 1981. She teaches courses on American visual culture, with an emphasis on the 19th and 20th centuries, contributes regularly to the Graduate Program in Museum Studies and has twice been selected to teach in the Missouri London Program. She served eight years as department chairperson and currently serves as Interim Associate Dean for academic affairs in the College of Fine Arts and Communication. Prior to coming to the University of Missouri-St. Louis, she was a Mellon Fellow in the Department of Art History and Archaeology at Washington University in St. Louis and served as a Research Associate at the Yale University Art Gallery.
Professor Bohan is the author of two books, Looking Into Walt Whitman: American Art 1850-1920 (Penn State University Press, 2006) and The Société Anonyme's Brooklyn Exhibition: Katherine Dreier and Modernism in America (UMI, 1982). She also served as contributing editor for The Société Anonyme and the Dreier Bequest at Yale University: A Catalogue Raisonné, eds. Robert L. Herbert, Eleanor S. Apter, and Elise K. Kenney (Yale University Press, 1984). In addition, she has published essays in The Société Anonyme: Modernism for America, ed. Jennifer Gross (Yale University Press, 2006), Dada New York: New World for Old, ed. Martin Ignatius Gaughan (G. K. Hall, 2003), The Cambridge Companion to Walt Whitman, ed. Ezra Greenspan (Oxford University Press, 1995) andWalt Whitman and the Visual Arts, ed. Geoffrey M. Sill and Roberta K. Tarbell (Rutgers University Press, 1992). Her articles have appeared in such journals as the Walt Whitman Quarterly Review, Mickle Street Review, Prospects, and the Bulletin of the Saint Louis Art Museum.
Professor Bohan is the recipient of numerous grants and awards, including a J. Paul Getty Postdoctoral Fellowship in the History of Art and the Humanities, a NEH Summer Seminar for College Teachers, and a UM Research Board Award. In 2009, she received the Faculty Excellence Award from the College of Fine Arts and Communication.