Professor Karen Lang has taught at the California Institute of Technology, the University of Southern California and the University of Warwick.
The editor of The Art Bulletin during the journal's centenary year, she has been a Leverhulme major research fellow, a Paul Mellon fellow at the Center for Advanced Study in the Visual Arts at the National Gallery of Art, Washington DC, a Getty scholar, Rudolph Arnheim Visiting Professor at the Humboldt University Berlin, and Leverhulme Visiting Professor at the University of Warwick.
Professor Lang is Deputy Chair of the Advisory Board to the research group Bilderfahrzeuge: Warburg's Legacy and the Future of Iconology, which involves the Warburg Institute, London, and Institutes of Art History in Germany, Italy and France. She is also one of the founding editors of the open access journal 21: Inquiries into Art, History and the Visual/Beiträge zur Kunstgeschichte und visuellen Kultur.
Professor Kang has published extensively on modern and contemporary art, on philosophical aesthetics and on the intellectual history of the History of Art. The edited volume Field Notes on the Visual Arts: Seventy-Five Short Essays and 'The Ruses of Chance', an invited essay for the Critics Page of The Brooklyn Rail, have recently appeared. Philip Guston: Locating the Image, an exhibition of the artist's works on paper will open at the Ashmolean Museum in November 2019.