Irina D. Costache specializes in 20th century art and critical theory. She received her Ph.D. in art history with minors in Critical Theory and Italian Literature from UCLA. She has taught art history, humanities, and film at UCLA, Loyola University, Cal State Northridge and Mount St. Mary’s College. Her extensive teaching experience and her innovative methodologies have been recognized with awards and grants. She has lectured nationally and internationally on topics related to modern and contemporary art and culture. Her presentations and publications include among many others Art History, Criticism and Theory: A Group Portrait, Italian Futurism and the Decorative Arts; The Work of (Art) Historians in The Age of Electronic (Re)production; This is Not a Painting: Art History and the Internet, and Just What Makes Today’s Art Education So Different, So Appealing?
In 2001 she has been elected to a four-year term to the Board of Directors of College Art Association and she has chaired its Professional Practices Committee (2000-2002). She is presently a member of the Intellectual Property Committee and since 1996 she has been a mentor to graduate students and young scholars. She has also served as regional coordinator for the national organization FATE (Foundation in Art: Theory and Education).