Claire Bishop is an art historian, critic, author, and Professor in the Art History Department at CUNY Graduate Center, New York since September 2008. Previously Bishop was an associate professor in the Department of Art History at the University of Warwick, Coventry from 2006 to 2008 and a Tutor in Critical Theory in the Curating Contemporary Art Department at the Royal College of Art, London from 2001 to 2006. She studied Art History at St John's College, Cambridge (1990-1994) and completed her MA and Ph.D at Essex University in 1996 and 2002 respectively. Bishop is editor of Participation (2006) and Installation Art: A Critical History (2005) and is a contributor to many art journals including Artforum and October; her essay “Antagonism and Relational Aesthetics,” which appeared in October in 2004, remains an influential critique of relational aesthetics. Her books have been translated into over eighteen languages. Her current research addresses the impact of digital technologies on contemporary art, as well as questions of amateurism and 'de-skilling' in contemporary dance and performance art.