Jacob Mikanowski is a critic and historian. His work focuses on secondary genres, neglected forms and the intersection between artistic practice and historical catastrophe. He holds a B.A. in history from Princeton University, and is a doctoral candidate at UC Berkeley.
In the past, Jacob has worked at Harper’s Magazine, the Oriental Institute of the University of Chicago, and the American School of Tangier, and has published writing on photography, film, literature and graphic art in the The Point, The Millions, The Brooklyn Rail, Bookslut, The Rumpus, and Bright Lights Film Journal. His essays have investigated topics including public art in Chicago, Cy Twombly’s sculpture, autobiographic film, and contemporary German photography.