Dr. Heather Waldroup


  • Associate Director, The Honors College
  • Professor, Art History


  • CLIR Postdoctoral Fellow in Scholarly Information Resources, Libraries of the Claremont Colleges (Claremont, CA)
  • Ph.D., University of California, Santa Cruz
  • M.A., Florida State University
  • B.A., Florida State University

My research interests explore the intersection of Western and Oceanic visual cultures since the late 19th century, with a focus on colonial photography, contemporary Indigenous art, and museum collection and display. My field and archival research have taken me all over the world, from the British Library in London to a women's fiber arts cooperative in the Cook Islands. I even served as a cultural lecturer on a freighter ship in the Marquesas Islands. Now, I'm completing a monograph on American colonial photography from Hawai'i and Samoa. When I'm not working, I climb mountains and practice yoga.

Selected Curatorial Projects

Focus on Photographs: Building a Collection at Scripps College. Ruth Chandler Williamson Gallery, Scripps College, Claremont, CA. Guest curator. October 26 – December 15, 2013.

Sail! by Jewel Castro. Catherine Smith Gallery, Appalachian State University, Boone, NC. Curator. September 15 – November 17, 2011.

Selected Publications

  • Collecting the American Pacific: Photography and Empire, 1860-1920. Book manuscript under contract with University of Hawai'i Press.
  • "Hard to Reach: Anne Brigman, Mountaineering, and Modernity in California." Modernism/Modernity 21:2 (2014).
  • "The Colonial Gaze: Beatrice Grimshaw in the Pacific." In Early Photography in Australia, ed. Anne Maxwell. Brisbane: Queensland Centre for Photography, 2014.
  • Focus on Photographs: Building a Collection at Scripps College, ed. Mary Davis MacNaughton, with contributions by Ken Gonzales-Day, Mary Davis MacNaughton, Judy Harvey Sahak, and Heather Waldroup. Claremont, CA: Trustees of Scripps College, 2013.
  • "Ethnographic Pictorialism: Caroline Haskins Gurrey's 'Hawaiian Types' at the Alaska-Yukon-Pacific Exposition." History of Photography 36:2 (2012), 172-183.
  • "Photographs from an American Album: The Albatross Nudes, 1899-1900." Photography and Culture 3:1 (2010), 17-38.
  • "Traveling Representations: Noa Noa, Manao Tupapau, and Gauguin's Legacy in the Pacific." Journeys 11:2 (2010), 1-29.
  • "Picturing Pleasure: Fanny Stevenson and Beatrice Grimshaw in the Pacific Islands." Women's History Review 18:1 (2009), 1-22.
  • "Musée Gauguin Tahiti: Indigenous Places, Colonial Heritage." International Journal of Heritage Studies 14:6 (2008), 489-505.