Mary Trent

Assistant Professor

Address: Harbor Walk West, Room 309
Phone: 843-953-8285


Ph.D., University of California, Irvine, Visual Studies

M.A., University of California, Irvine, Visual Studies

A.B., University of Chicago, Art History

Research Interests

Mary Trent is a specialist in American and African American Art and Visual Culture. She teaches courses in American Art, African American Art, and the History of Photography.  Her research focuses on issues of identity in visual culture, including ways marginalized figures have used art and media to critique dominant visual norms and better visualize their own experiences. She has a special interest in how individuals from diverse backgrounds have used domestic, vernacular album-making practices to gain agency in the visualization of themselves and their worlds.

Courses Taught

ARTH 101 Introduction to Western Art: Classical to Medieval
ARTH 102 Introduction to Western Art: Renaissance to Modern
ARTH 290 History of African American Art
ARTH 250 History of American Art
ARTH 263 History of Photography
FYE 105 Photography, History, and Memories


“‘An Album is a Garden Spot:’ Visualizing Freedom in the Family Photographs of the Formerly-Enslaved Ellen Craft” (forthcoming)

“Diverse Voices in Photographic Albums: “These Are Our Stories” (Co-edited book, Routledge, forthcoming)

“Henry Darger and the Unruly Paper Dollhouse Scrapbook” In Phallacies: Historical Intersections of Disability and Masculinity. Edited by Kathleen M. Brian and James W. Trent, Jr. (Oxford University Press, 2017) 44-64.

“‘Many Stirring Scenes’: Henry Darger’s Reworking of American Visual Culture.” American Art (2012) 74-101.