Elizabeth Milroy teaches courses in the history of Western art in the modern period, with a specialty in art and material culture in North America (the United States, Mexico and Canada) from the colonial period to the 20th century.
Professor Milroy’s research focuses on the history of cultural spaces, specifically public parks and historic sites in the city of Philadelphia. Her 2016 book, The Grid and the River: Philadelphia’s Green Places, 1682-1876 (Penn State University Press) was funded by a David Coffin Publication Grant from the Foundation for Landscape Studies, the Wyeth Foundation for American Art Publication Grant, and a Furthermore publication grant from the Kaplan Foundation, and won the 2017 John Brinkerhoff Jackson Book Prize from the Foundation for Cultural Landscapes.
Professor Milroy has published and lectured widely on such artists as Thomas Eakins, Frederick Law Olmsted and Emma Stebbins, on the history of art museums and exhibitions, and on the history of public parks. She has organized exhibitions in the United States and Canada, notably Painters of a New Century: The Eight and American Art, for the Milwaukee Art Museum, which traveled to the National Gallery of Canada, the Denver Art Museum and the Brooklyn Museum. She also coedited the anthology Reading American Art, which is now a standard textbook in the field. From 2012 to 2015, she was the Zoë and Dean Pappas Curator of Education, Public Programs, at the Philadelphia Museum of Art. Professor Milroy has received fellowships from the National Endowment for the Humanities, the Athenaeum of Philadelphia, the American Philosophical Society and the Library Company of Philadelphia. She is a member of the Board of Councilors of the Historical Society of Pennsylvania and serves on the editorial boards of the Pennsylvania Magazine of History & Biography and of Change Over Time. From 2012-15 she was the Executive Editor of Winterthur Portfolio.