Eleanor M. Hight, PhD

Professor of Art History and Humanities, Emerita, University of New Hampshire
Eleanor (Sis) Hight is Professor Emerita of Art History and the Humanities at the University of New Hampshire (UNH) in Durham, New Hampshire. After twenty-five years, she retired from UNH in 2015, but she still teaches part-time at UNH and Harvard and loves talking to students about art, architecture, and museums. As a PhD student in modern art at Harvard University, Professor Hight was in the museum training program. After serving as assistant director and then the acting director of the Wellesley College Museum (now the Davis Museum), she began teaching at UNH. There, she taught courses in nineteenth- and twentieth-century art and architecture, the history of photography, the introductory survey of art history, and humanities courses. When she retired from UNH, she was the head of both the art history program and the architectural studies program. She has also taught at Wellesley College, Brandeis University, Boston College, and Harvard University. Professor Hight has organized exhibitions and written exhibition catalogues for the Wellesley College Museum, the Art Institute of Chicago, the Virginia Museum, and the Museum of Art at UNH. Her publications include Capturing Japan in Nineteenth-Century New England Photography Collections (Ashgate, 2011), Felice Beato: Photographer in Nineteenth Century Japan (UNH Museum of Art, 2011), Colonialist Photography: Imag(in)ing Race and Place (co-editor with Gary D. Sampson, Routledge, 2002, 2004), and Picturing Modernism: Moholy-Nagy and Photography in Weimar Germany (The MIT Press, 1995). Most recently her research has focused on photographs of nineteenth-century Japan, the twentieth-century German-American photographer Lotte Jacobi, and on exploring the digital humanities and GeoHumanities for new ways to think about photographic history. Hight lives in the Boston area.


  • PhD Harvard University