Dr. Lucienne Auz received her Ph.D. in Art History from the University of Washington and her M.S. in Theory, Criticism and History of Art, Design and Architecture from Pratt Institute. Her research and teaching interests span the disciplines of contemporary art history and disability studies. This intersectional approach offers an alternative method for the critical study of visual representation and a deeper understanding of human experience. Currently, Dr. Auz is researching the history of Outsider Art and non-profit art centers that serve artists with developmental, intellectual, and physical disabilities. Other research and teaching interests include socially engaged art, art conservation and technical art history, and ethical issues of the art world.