Professor Klein teaches a variety of courses included Contemporary Art, Gender and Representation, Modern Art, History of Photography, Performance Art and Theory, and Queer Theory and Visual Representation. Professor Klein also chairs the Art History Area and is the Director of Studies for the Honors Tutorial College Art History Program.
Professor Klein’s primary areas of research lie in contemporary art, art criticism, feminist art, and performance art. She is a contributing editor for Art Papers and a member of the editorial board of Genders. She has published in Feminist Studies, Art Pulse, PAJ, n.paradoxa, Art History, New Art Examiner, and Afterimage. Professor Klein is the editor of Linda Montano, Letters from Linda M. Montano (London: Routledge, 2005), the co-curator, along with Rebecca McGrew, of The 21st Century Odyssey: The Performance Work of Barbara T. Smith, and the co-curator, along with Myrel Chernick, of Maternal Metaphors: Artists, Mothers, Artwork. Professor Klein has also written several catalogue essays, including the primary essays for The 21st Century Odyssey and Maternal Metaphors. She is the co-editor, along with Dr. Deirdre Heddon of the University of Glasgow, of Histories and Practices of Live Art (Palgrave McMillan, 2012) and The M Word: Real Mothers in Contemporary Art (Demeter Press, 2011). She has published articles in several anthologies, including West of Center (Minnesota) and Entering the Picture (Routledge). She was also one of the editors of the 30th Anniversary Catalogue for the National Review of Live Art.
Professor Klein has presented nationally and internationally on her work. She was recently a presenter at the MACAA Conference in Detroit, the 10th anniversary of the ANTI Festival in Finland, and the UAAC Conference in Montreal. She has presented on her work as well in Ljubljana, Glasgow, New York, Chicago, and Los Angeles.
Professor Klein has been awarded a number of grants, including an 1804 Grant and was part of the consortium of scholars awarded a Getty Initiative for the development of the Otis Exhibition on the Woman’s Building entitled Doin’ It In Public. Professor Klein was one of the authors of the catalogue that accompanied the exhibition.