Cindy Stelmackowich pursued academic subjects in the sciences, history, humanities and fine arts at undergraduate and graduate levels. She received a combined BA (Honours) and Studio Arts Certificate from the University of Saskatchewan in Saskatoon, and a MA from Carleton University in Ottawa. After living and working in New York City following her Master’s degree, she studied with leading authorities within the history and theory of art and gender studies at Binghamton University, New York. Her funded PhD dissertation research was conducted in medical, scientific and historical art libraries around North America and Europe, and focused on the visual cultures of medical science. She was awarded post-doctoral Fellowships with the New York Academy of Medicine, the SSHRC Strategic Knowledge Cluster “Situating Science”, and the Lichtenberg-Kolleg Institute in Germany.
Dr. Stelmackowich has designed special seminars and has taught foundational courses at Carleton University, University of Ottawa, Binghamton University and Dalhousie University/University of King’s College. She has been invited to present academic papers at Harvard University, Purdue University, Leiden University, University of British Columbia, Dalhousie University, University of Toronto, McGill University, etc. A number of international institutions have invited her to present on her historical research; Hunterian Museum: Royal College of Surgeons in London, Canadian Science and Technology Museum, New York Academy of Medicine, Museum Boerhaave in the Netherlands, the Lichtenberg-Kolleg – The Gottingen Institute of Advanced Study in Germany, etc. She has authored dozens of curatorial essays, interviews, academic peer review journal articles, and book chapters on topics addressing the relationship between art and science, the histories of medicine, gender and science, various historical topics in Canadian Studies, and current issues within contemporary art.