Ph.D., Art History, The Graduate Center, CUNY, 2021

MA, Art History, Hunter College, CUNY, 2013

BA, Art History and Social Science, Sarah Lawrence College, 2006


Dr. Hirsch completed her dissertation in 2021. Entitled, “Inevitable Associations: Art, Institution, and Cultural Intersection in Los Angeles, 1973-1988,” this research considers artist networks, cultural intersections, and manifestations of community in Los Angeles, California of the 1970s and 80s. Other research interests include legacies of conceptual art, contemporary urbanism, and artist identity in the twilight of the welfare state. She has been a Teaching Fellow in History + Theory at SCI-Arc (2018-2020), and has served as an adjunct lecturer in the history of art and architecture at Los Angeles City College, San Francisco State University,  Hunter College, Brooklyn College, and the Spitzer School of Architecture. She has authored essays and reviews for Art in America, ARTnews, Artforum, Frieze, The Brooklyn Rail, and T: The New York Times Style Magazine. 


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  • PEN America Writers’ Emergency Fund, 2020
  • Doctoral Student Research Grant, The Graduate Center, CUNY, 2019
  • Knickerbocker Award for Archival Research in American Studies, The Graduate Center, CUNY, 2017–2019
  • Conference Presentation Support for Ph.D. Students, The Graduate Center, CUNY, 2017
  • Andrew W. Mellon Foundation Curatorial Fellow, Dia Art Foundation, 2016-2017
  • Writer-in-Residence, The Shandaken Project, New York, 2013
  • William Graf Travel Scholarship Award, Hunter College, CUNY, 2012


  • “Review: Witch Hunt at the Hammer Museum and ICA LA,” Art in America (February 2022)
  • “Review: Psychosomatic at Various Small Fires,” Art in America (Summer 2021).
  • “Timeline: January-June 1963 and July-December 1964,” in New York 1962-1964. Edited by Germano Celant. New York: The Jewish Museum, 2022.
  • “Review: Raymond Pettibon at Regen Projects,” Art in America (Winter 2021).
  • “Review: Ken Ehrlich at Human Resources Los Angeles,” Art in America (April 2020): 86-87.
  • “Fine Lines,” Off Topic vol. 4 (January 2020): 2-5.
  • “Critics’ Picks: Christopher Myers at Fort Gansevoort Los Angeles,” (January 10, 2020).
  • “Review: Suzanne Lacy Wants You to Shut Up and Listen,” (May 2019).
  • “Charlotte Posenenske: Chronology of Works.” In Charlotte Posenenske: Work in Progress. Edited by Jessica Morgan and Alexis Lowry. New York: Dia Art Foundation, 2019.