Environmental Studies Program
Department Chair:
Roger Laushman

Administrative Assistant:
Bev Burgess

Department Email:

Phone: 440 7758747
Fax: 440 7758946

A.J. Lewis Center for Environmental Studies
122 Elm Street
Oberlin, OH, 44074

Julia Christensen

Julia Christensen

Assistant Professor of Integrated Media

Contact Information


Art Building, 161C
(440) 775-8179

Personal Web Site:

Educational Background

  • MFA, Integrated Electronic Arts, Rensselaer Polytechnic Institute
  • MFA, Electronic Music and Recording Media, Mills College
  • BA, Integrated Arts, Bard College

JULIA CHRISTENSEN is a multidisciplinary artist whose work explores systems of technology, consumerism, landscape, and history. Her work has exhibited internationally, at venues such as the Walker Art Center in Minneapolis, Carnegie Museum of Fine Arts in Pittsburgh, Center for Contemporary Art in Thessaloniki, Greece, and The Lincoln Center in NYC. Christensen’s work has been funded by the New York State Council on the Arts, Turbulence, and she is a 2013 Creative Capital grantee in Emerging Fields.

Julia is the author of Big Box Reuse, published by the MIT Press in 2008. Her writing has been published in magazines such as Orion, Print, and Slate. Her artwork and writing have been reviewed in publications such as The New York Times, The Washington Post, Bookforum, The New York Review of Books, and Dwell Magazine. Christensen has been featured in books and catalogs such as the Younger Than Jesus Artist Directory (New Museum), and Worlds Away: New Suburban Landscapes (Walker Art Center), as well as in a number of books written by architects, art historians, designers, and economists.

Ms. Christensen is also an active musician in the worlds of new and experimental music. She is the founder and director of WAM!: Women and Art Music Ensemble at the Oberlin Conservatory of Music. WAM is a group of women performers playing experimental music by living women composers. The group has commissioned works by and performed with composers such as Miya Masaoka, Pauline Oliveros, and Bevin Kelley.

Ms. Christensen is Assistant Professor of Integrated Media in the Studio Art Department at Oberlin College, where she has previously served on the faculties of Environmental Studies and TIMARA (Technology in Music and Related Arts).  From 2007-2011 she held the position of Henry Luce Visiting Assistant Professor of the Emerging Arts, a joint appointment between Oberlin College and Conservatory. Before coming to Oberlin, she taught at Stanford University, Pratt Institute, California College of the Arts, and other colleges. She has been an invited speaker and critic at dozens of colleges and universities, including Georgia Tech, Yale University, Virginia Commonwealth University, and the San Francisco Art Institute.