Chairperson of History of Art and Design
John R. Decker is an historian at Pratt Institute in Brooklyn and specializes in the study of visual and material cultures. His research interests include the use of images and objects as technologies of self-fashioning (individual and collective) and the role of visual and material cultures in asserting, mediating, and sustaining claims about “truth” and “reality” in various socio-political contexts. He is also interested in the ways that data analysis, data visualization, and data-driven story telling can help make writing about and explaining complex socio-cultural phenomena more legible and accessible for non-specialist audiences.
PhD — University of California, Santa Barbara
MA — University of California, Santa Barbara
BA — California State University, Stanislaus