Justin Underhill
350J Barrows Hall, D-Lab
University of California, Berkeley
Berkeley, CA 94720-3030



 Ph.D., History of Art December (December 2012)
University of California, Berkeley
Dissertation: World Art and the Illumination of Virtual Space (Advisor: Whitney Davis)
     Special Field: Visuality in situ (Advisor: Martin Jay) 

BA (High Honors), History of Art (2004)
University of California, Berkeley

Academic employment

August 2014-Present
Mellon Postdoctoral Fellow, Digital Humanities
University of California, Berkeley

  • Virtual Reality and its Prehistories: The Art and Science of Transplanar Images (Spring 2018)
  • Interactive Media in Theory and Practice (Fall 2017)
  • Cultural Heritage in the digital age (Spring 2017)
  • Introduction to Forensic Art History (Fall 2016)


Summer 2017 (Returning Summer 2018)
Visiting Professor
University of Málaga Digital Art History Summer School

  • 3D Data Capture and Image Processing
  • Designing Interaction and Augmented Reality with Unity 


Fall 2014-May 2016
Mellon Postdoctoral Fellow, Digital Humanities
University of Southern California 

  • Art, Optics, Computation 
  • Atlas Fever (co-taught with WJT Mitchell at Getty Research Institute)
  • Leonardo's Optics  


Editor, International Journal of Digital Art History

Core Editorial Board, International Journal of Digital Art History

Digital Humanities Steering Committee, Visual Resources Center
University of California, Berkeley

research awards

Research Fellowship, Virtual and Augmented Reality Digital Humanities Institute, Duke University (2018)

UC Berkeley Student Technology Fund For Augmented Reality Development (2017)

UC Berkeley Unit 18 Professional Development Fund (2017)


Languages: German, Italian, Latin, Spanish
Programming Languages: C#, Python
Technical Expertise: Laser Scanning, Photogrammetry, 3D modeling, VR/AR Development


“The Phenomenology of Sunset at the Palace of the Jaguars, Teotihuacan,” World Art 4, no. 2 (2014): 157-163. 

“Forensic visualization of two Kwakwaka’wakw Ḱiḱw,” World 6, no. 2 (2016): 293-313

“Sound and Vision in the Hereford Screen,” British Art Studies 5

“The Twilight of Presence: Pictorialized Illumination in Leonardo da Vinci’s Last Supper,” Leonardo (forthcoming, 2017). available early online:

“Peter Paul Rubens and the Rationalization of Light,” Konsthistorisk tidskrift (forthcoming, 2017). available early online:

“Cyark Spotlight: Interview with Elizabeth Lee and John Ristevski,” International Journal of Digital Art History (forthcoming)

(with Harald Klinke and Liska Surkemper) "Creating New Spaces in Art History," International Journal of Digital Art History (forthcoming)


recent lectures + presentations

“Image Data and the Horizons of Art History,” Keynote Address, California Visual Resources Association Conference, University of California, Berkeley, June, 2017.

“What Turns Pictures On,” York Summer Theory Institute, University of York, York, United Kingdom, May, 2017.

“Forensic Visualization and Early Modern Visual Culture” session on New Technologies and Renaissance Studies, Renaissance Society of America annual conference, Chicago, Illinois, March, 2017.

“3D Data as an Art Form,” Visiting Artist and Scholar Workshop, Arizona State University, Tempe, Arizona, March, 2017.

“Forensic Visualization and Digital Art History,” Keynote Address, Coding Dürer Conference, Ludwig Maximilian University, Munich, Germany, March, 2017.