Joyce Medina

Senior Lecturer, School of Industrial Design

Joyce Medina teaches Art History surveys and Design History and Theory courses in the School of Industrial Design. She has a Ph.D. in Art History and Aesthetics from Emory University and is the author of a book on the French painter Paul Cezanne titled Cezanne and Modernism: The Poetics of Painting that focuses on hidden images in that artist’s paintings. 

She has been teaching at Gerogia Tech since 1999 and has participated in the Oxford Program, a summer study-abroad tour of Europe. Her current area of research is in Material Culture studies, which is a form of inquiry that maps the reciprocity of art and design with cultural conventions.


  • Ph.D., Emory University, The Graduate Institute of the Liberal Arts, 1990; areas of concentration: Art History, Aesthetics, Literature.
  • M.A., Emory University, The Graduate Institute of the Liberal Arts, 1987; fields of study: Art History and Comparative Literature.
  • B.A., Georgia State University, 1979; major: English Literature.


  • Georgia Institute of Technology: Senior Lecturer, College of Design, School of Industrial Design, 1997-present.
  • Georgia State University:  Instructor, School of Art and Design, part-time 1990-1993; full-time appointment, 1996- 1997.
  • Emory University: Teaching Assistant, 1981-1987, Humanities Program, Art History Department; Teaching Associate, 1987-1990; Visiting Lecturer, Art History Department, 1993-1994.
  • The Atlanta College of Art: Instructor, Department of Liberal Arts, 1981-1985, 1990 -1997.
  • Southern Institute of Technology: Instructor, Humanities Department, 1991.