Juliana Maxim, PhD

Juliana Maxim
Phone: (619) 260-7636
Office: Camino Hall 033B

Associate Professor

  • PhD, Massachusetts Institute of Technology, History, Theory and Criticism of Art and Architecture
  • MArts, Laval University, Canada; Art History
  • BArch, Laval University, Canada
  • Architecture and Architectural History studies, Istituto Universitario di Architettura, Venice, Italy

Juliana Maxim writes on the history of aesthetic practices, from photography to urbanism, under Romania’s communist state, and more broadly on the historiography of socialism. She also contributes critical essays about contemporary art and architectural practices on both sides of the US-Mexico border. Recent essays have appeared in journals such as Rethinking Marxism and Southeastern Europe, and in edited books such as Re-Humanizing Architecture. New Forms of Community, 1950-1970, A. Moravánszky and J. Hopfengärtner, eds (Birkhausen, 2016) and Watersheds: Poetics and Politics of the Danube River, M. Bozovic and M. Miller, eds (Brighton, MA: Academic Studies Press, 2016).

Areas of Expertise

20th century art, architecture and urbanism in Eastern Europe


  • American Council for Learned Societies post-doctoral fellow
  • National Council for East European and Eurasian Research Award

Scholarly Work

Her book, The Socialist Life of Modern Architecture: Bucharest, 1947-1965 will come out from Routledge in 2018.

Areas of Interest

In her classes, Maxim focuses on the relationships between aesthetic productions and political contexts.  Most recently, she taught a class on Soviet art, in which students examined the various artistic (or anti-artistic) responses to the political changes that occurred between 1917 and 1950 in the Soviet Union.  She regularly teaches classes on various aspects of European modernism.  Recently, she has conceived and taught the “Methods” seminar for Art History majors. 

Maxim is also interested in exploring new ways of teaching the art history survey.  For example, her introductory course titled “The Year 1500:  A History of Art and Architecture Around the Globe” replaces the teaching of art through time with an investigation of art through space at a particular historical moment.  In so doing, the survey emphasizes thematic and stylistic relationships and cross-cultural influences, challenges the primacy of European artistic norms, and invites the students to experience the diversity and complexity of the definition of art in the age of exploration.