Linda Stratford received her PhD from the State University of New York, Stony Brook with emphasis on Art and Society. She teaches at Asbury University. Stratford has written primarily on identity politics in late French modernism and is the director of Paris Semester, a semester of credit offered in Paris by Asbury University each fall (open to non-Asbury applicants). As a historian of art and society Stratford's interests include the means by which artistic initiatives come to be viewed as belonging, or not belonging within the framework of a community. The dynamics of inclusion and exclusion have led her to question the largely secular methodologies in art history and criticism today.