Kristin Yinger

A headshot of Kristin Yinger
Graduate Student


Areas of Concentration: Modern and contemporary art; 20th & 21st century art magazines; feminisms and intersectionality; arts publishing; alternative art sites; collaborative art practices; photography; theories of gender, memory, and the archive; arts education and pedagogies
Faculty Advisor: Jenni Sorkin
M.A. Thesis: “Chrysalis: a magazine of women’s culture, the magazine as medium, and as catalyst for feminist thinking” (The Courtauld Institute of Art, completed 2016)


Kristin Yinger is a Ph.D. student in the History of Art and Architecture Department at the University of California, Santa Barbara. Kristin’s research interests range from 1970s feminist alternative arts magazines and publishing as an artistic practice to contemporary works of documentary, photography, and archive making. She is a current recipient of the Graduate Division Racial Justice Fellowship Link opens an external site and the Regents Fellowship. She is committed to scholarship creation and teaching that furthers the fleshing out of histories of queer, feminist, BIPOC, and historically underrepresented groups and increasing accessibility to art, art spaces, and arts education. A Los Angeles native, Kristin hopes to contribute to scholarship on art in California.

Prior to enrolling at UCSB, Kristin taught literature, media arts, and AP Art History courses at the high school level in Los Angeles. Kristin has been involved in the art world through her work in museums and in journalism. She has participated in the Contemporary Art Start (CAS) Educators Program at the Museum of Contemporary Art, Los Angeles (MOCA), and held prior roles at the non-collecting contemporary art museum, the Santa Monica Museum of Art (SMMoA, and now the ICA Los Angeles). As a journalist, editor, and photographer, she covered arts and culture at various publications. Kristin received her M.A. in the History of Art with Distinction from the Courtauld Institute of Art under the advisement of Julian Stallabrass and her B.A. in Print and Digital Journalism, with a minor in Art History, from the University of Southern California.