Erik Nemeth, an independent researcher in Santa Monica, California, explores the interrelation of culture, identity, and perceptions of security (culturalsecurity.net). In publishing on the intersection of cultural property, diplomacy, and regional security, he examines the evolving significance of artworks, historic structures, and monuments in foreign policy.
Following a decade in the software-development industry in the United States and the former East bloc, Nemeth pursued graduate studies in neuroscience. Dissertation research in retinal physiology led to studies in neuroaesthetics, which led to research on sharing of scholarship across disciplines. While serving as an analyst in Research Databases at the Getty Research Institute in Los Angeles, California, Nemeth explored web-based methods for cross-disciplinary discovery of scholarly publications.
Nemeth has published in journals such as Terrorism and Political Violence, Intelligence and National Security, and Cambridge Review of International Affairs and presents at conferences in art history, archaeology, information science, and criminology. He has also taught on "Cultural Security" in the ARCA Postgraduate Program in Amelia, Italy and serves on the editorial board of the Journal of Art Crime. Nemeth holds a B.A. in computer science and a Ph.D. in vision science, both from the University of California at Berkeley.
Erik Nemeth, Cultural Security: Evaluating the Power of Culture in International Affairs, Imperial College Press (forthcoming)
Erik Nemeth, "Alternative Power: Political Economy of Cultural Property," Journal of International Affairs, Columbia University, SIPA, :February, 2013
Erik Nemeth, "Strategic Value of African Tribal Art: Auction sales trends as cultural intelligence," Intelligence and National Security, 27(2):302-316, 2012
Erik Nemeth, "Collecting Cultural Intelligence: The Tactical Value of Cultural Property," International Journal of Intelligence and CounterIntelligence, 24(2):217-238, 2011
Erik Nemeth, "Conflict Art: Scholars Develop the Tactical Value of Cultural Patrimony," Cambridge Review of International Affairs, 23(2):299-323, 2010
Erik Nemeth, "Metadata of Art and Architecture Research Databases: The Value of Abstracts and Index Terms to Academics, Librarians, and Museum Professionals," Journal of Library Metadata, 8(4):293-313, 2009
Erik Nemeth, "Art-Intelligence Programs: Relevance of the Clandestine Art World to Foreign Intelligence," International Journal of Intelligence and CounterIntelligence, 21(2):355-374, 2008
Erik Nemeth, "Cultural Security: The Evolving Role of Art in International Security," Terrorism and Political Violence, 19(1):19-42, 2007