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Renée Ater

Associate Professor Emerita, American Art PhD, The University of Maryland

Renée Ater taught in the Department of Art History and Archaeology at the University of Maryland from September 2000 to July 2017 an Associate Professor Emerita of American Art. She holds a B.A. in art history from Oberlin College (1987); a M.A. in art history from the University of Maryland (1993); and Ph.D. in art history from the University of Maryland (2000). Her research and writing have largely focused on the intersection of race, monument building, and national identity. Her current research project is \_Contemporary Monuments to the Slave Past: Race, Memorialization, Public Space, and Civic Engagement\_. In this planned digital publication, she investigates how people visualize, interpret, and engage the slave past through contemporary monuments created for public spaces. Her research is predicated on the idea that the memorialization of slavery is plural and multi-vocal, and is rooted in the interwoven nature of the social, the historical, and the spatial. Image: [umd.edu](https://arthistory.umd.edu/faculty/Ren%C3%A9e%20Ater "umd.edu")