Dr. Jenna Altomonte

Dr. Jenna Altomonte


  • Associate Professor

Art Discipline:

  • Art History


Office: (662) 325-2970
103 Stafford Hall



Jenna Ann Altomonte is an Associate Professor of Art History at Mississippi State University. She received her Master of Arts in Art History (2009) and Ph.D. in Interdisciplinary Arts (2017) from Ohio University. Her primary area of research centers on global contemporary art and digital performance studies with a specialization in political and social intervention practices. Her current research endeavors examine responses to contested, occupied, and conflicted border zones.


  • Doctor of Philosophy (Ph.D.), Interdisciplinary Studies, Ohio University, 2017
  • Master of Arts (M.A.), Art History, Ohio University, 2009
  • Bachelor of Fine Arts (B.F.A.), Art, Ohio University, 2006

Research interests:

Contemporary Art
Global Art History and Visual Culture
Drones/UAVs and Aerial Aesthetics
Socially-Engaged Practice
Performance Art
Public Intervention Art


Book, Chapter

  • “(dis)Rupture, (re)Engage: Occupation and Protest at the Venice Biennale. Yes. User Experience & Urban Creativity Journal. 2021
  • Playing Killbox: Didactic Gaming and Drone Warfare. Video Games and the Global South . Ed. Phillip Penix-Tadsen. Pittsburgh, PA: Carnegie Mellon University: ETC Press . 61-74. 2019

Conference Proceeding

  • Interactive Approaches to Teaching (and Performing) Art History.  Art History Teaching Resources (AHTR). 2019



  • "“Countering Hate in Charlottesville, Virginia” ." Fourth Annual Memory Studies Association Conference, Memory Studies Association , Charlottesville, Virginia. 2020
  • "“Thoughts and Prayers? Laughter and Parody in Post-Columbine America” ." Laughing in an Emergency: Humour in Contemporary Art (applied for 2020), The University of Manchester, Manchester, UK . 2020
  • "“Fallible Drones” ." The Aesthetics of Drone Warfare, Humanities Research Institute and the University of Sheffield, Sheffield, UK. 2020
  • "“Ephemeral Interventions” (abstract accepted, did not present)." SECAC Annual Conference , SECAC and The University of Tennessee at Chattanooga, Chattanooga, TN. 2019
  • "“Border Crossing in 8-Bit” ." Border Control Symposium, University of Michigan and the New Media Caucus, Ann Arbor, Michigan . 2019
  • "“The Art of Concealment” ." Popular Culture & American Culture Association Conference, Popular Culture & American Culture Association , Washington, D.C.. 2019

Oral Presentation

  • "“Communicating Migrant Identity” ." “Communicating Migrant Identity” , Mississippi State University , Mississippi State University, MS. 2019


  • " “The Civic (App)aratus: Maneuvering the City with Doroob and SafetiPin”." Living in the Age of Convergences: Affect, Affordance, Agency, Millennial Nomad, the National Library of Singapore, and the National University of Singapore, Singapore. 2019
  • "“Gaming Across Borders” ." Crossing Boundaries/Building Movements , Association for Humanist Sociology, El Paso, TX/Ciudad Juarez, Mexico. 2019
  • "“Don’t Forget Your Glock:” Art and Parody in the Age of School Shootings” ." Commemorating Conflict Conference , Kent State University, Kent, Ohio . 2019
  • "“Digital Monuments, Virtual Commemoration”." Third Annual Memory Studies Association Conference, Memory Studies Association , Madrid, Spain . 2019
  • "“(re)Positioning the Past: Confederate Monuments as Spaces of Intervention” (abstract accepted, did not present)." NAAS Conference, "Monuments," , Nordic Association of American Studies, Bergen, Norway . 2019
  • "“Collaboration and Exchange: Integrating Art History and Studio Curricula” ." Foundations in Flux, Foundations in Art: Theory and Education Conference, Columbus, Ohio . 2019
  • "“Look to the Skies: Drone Art in the Age of Telepresence” ." Midwestern Art History Society Annual Conference , Midwestern Art History Society, Cincinnati, Ohio . 2019
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