Berin Golonu is an Assistant Professor of Art History and Visual Studies at SUNY Buffalo. She received a Ph.D. (2017) from the Visual and Cultural Studies Program at the University of Rochester. Her research interests include Ottoman art and visual culture, modern and contemporary art from Turkey, art and ecology, and photographic histories of the Middle East. Golonu's book Modernizing Nature/Naturalizing Modernization: Urban Greenspace and Cultural Memory in Ottoman and Post-Ottoman Lands undertakes an interdisciplinary study of the design, function and use of recreational greenspaces in key Ottoman cities in the late nineteenth and early twentieth centuries. Golonu’s art criticism has been published in Artforum, Afterimage, Aperture, Art in America, Art on Paper, Art Papers, frieze, Modern Painters and X-Tra Art. She has lectured internationally at institutions including California College of the Arts, Cornell University, Duke University, Institut Français d’Études Anatoliennes Istanbul (IFEA), Museum of Photographic Arts San Diego, Museums Quartier Wien Vienna, Research Center for Anatolian Civilizations (ANAMED), San Francisco Museum of Modern Art, Stanford University and UCL London. Between 2003-2008 Golonu served as a curator of contemporary art at Yerba Buena Center for the Arts in San Francisco where she worked on more thirty exhibitions of local and international artists. Between 1999-2003 she was the editor of Artweek magazine, a regional publication of contemporary art. She holds a master’s degree from the California College of the Arts and a bachelor’s degree from Vassar College.