Higher education administrator, artist, designer, and gender historian. Research interests include: U.S. gender history, visual culture, print culture, modern periodicals, photography, politics of representation, and histories of labor and activism.

Beginning July 1, 2019:
Executive Dean, Parsons School of Design at The New School

PhD, The Johns Hopkins University
MFA, Photography and Critical Writing,
        California Institute of the Arts
BFA, Graphic Design, Rhode Island School of Design


contact: rachel [at] rachelschreiber dot com

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Site Reading

"Someone You Know is a Sex Worker"

Untitled (seder plate)

Design work for the St. James Infirmary

The Face of MICA

Holding Up More Than Half the Sky

Bread and Roses: 100 Years from the Lower East Side to the Maquiladoras

Third Generation: Family Photographs and Memories of Nazi Germany

If All Men Are Good...

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Modern Print Activism in the United States
Re-issued monograph in paperback, Routledge, 2016. Original publication: Ashgate Publishing, 2011

Re-issued edited book in paperback, Routledge, 2016. Original publication: Ashgate Publishing, 2013

PDFs or links to these articles can be found on my academia.edu page.

“’Breed!’: The Graphic Satire of the Birth Control Review,” in Art, Politics, and the Pamphleteer, eds. Jane Tormey and Gillian Whiteley, Bloomsbury Publishing, 2019 (forthcoming)

“A Women’s War Against War: The Socialist Feminism of Four Lights: An Adventure in Internationalism,” Radical Americas, 2018

"Someone You Know is a Sex Worker: A Media Campaign for the St. James Infirmary," in eds. Mary Laing, Katy Pilcher, and Nicola Smith, Queer Sex Work, Routledge, 2015.

"Block 4: Discovering an Interracial World War II American Love Story". Hyphen magazine, Spring 2012.

"George Bellows's Boxers in Print". Journal of Modern Periodical Studies, Volume 1 Issue 2, 2011.

"Fairey's Hope".thirdspace: a journal of feminist theory and culture, Special Issue: The Audicity of Hope?, 10:01, Spring 2011.

"Before Their Makers and Their Judges: Prostitutes and White Slaves in the Political Cartoons of the Masses (New York, 1911-1917)".Feminist Studies, Volume 35, Number 1, Spring 2009.

"Marathon" co-written with David Gissen. Volume, February 2009.

"Shopping for Peace: Benetton's Jerusalem Catalogue". Index: Contemporary Art and Culture, February 1998.

"Seized Images: Photography, Memory and the Holocaust". New Art Examiner, December 1996.

"Cyborgs, Avatars, Laa-Laa and Po: The Exhibitions of Mariko Mori". Afterimage, March/April 1999.

"Net.art: Shedding the Utopian Moment?". Link: ACritical Journal of the Arts, Fall 2001.

"Technologies of the Book: A Conversation with Ellen Lupton". Link: ACritical Journal of the Arts, Fall 2001.

"The (True) Death of the Avant Garde"

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Belasco, Daniel. “Suturing In: Anne Frank as Conceptual Model for Visual Art.” In Anne Frank Unbound: Media, Imagination, Memory, edited by Barbara Kishenblatt-Gimblett and Jeffrey Shandler, 254–64. Indiana University Press, 2012.

Nicoletti, L. J. “No Child Left Behind: Anne Frank Exhibits, American Abduction Narratives, and Nazi Bogeymen.” In Visualizing the Holocaust: Documents, Aesthetics, Memory, edited by David Bathrick, Brad Prager, and Michael D. Richardson, 86–113. Rochester, NY: Camden House, 2008.

Mirzoeff, Nicholas. “Ghostwriting: Working Out Visual Culture.” In Art History, Aesthetics, Visual Studies, edited by Michael Ann Holly and Keith Moxey, 189–202. Sterling and Francine Clark Art Institute: Yale University Press, 2002.

Slane, Andrea. A Not So Foreign Affair: Fascism, Sexuality and the Cultural Rhetoric of American Democracy. Duke University Press Books, 2001.