PhD

Alyssa Rose Bralower

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Interests: The history of photography, performance art, avant-garde art in the interwar period, 1960s counter-culture, women's and gender studies and queer theory.


Jenelle Davis

Interests: ethics of representation, commemorations and memorials, trauma and memory studies, conflict, peace and reconciliation studies, art and human rights, forensic architecture 
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Maria Dorofeeva

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Interests: Nineteenth-Century Spanish Visual Culture, Critical Queer Theory, Modernism and Visual Culture, Symbolism
Dissertation: Fantasizing Manhood: Art, Sexual Politics and the Rise of Queer Counterpublics in Spain, 1898-1939
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Srinanda Ganguly

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Interests: Architecture, medieval South Asia, gender


Kirstin Gotway

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Interests: 19th Century British and American art, Orientalism, Decorative Arts


Lauren (Ally) Johnson

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Interests: History and theory of photography; race and representation; Cold War culture; museums, politics, and social practice 
Dissertation: "True Americanism": Images of Race and Citizenship in Ansel Adams's Photobooks, 1940-1960


Nancy Caron Karrels

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Interests: 18th- and 19th-century France, museums and academies, the history of collecting, the art market, WWII-era provenance, cultural property law. 
Dissertation title: Art and Plunder in Post-Revolutionary France


Jessie Landau

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Minor: American Indian Studies
Interests: Eco-Critical Studies, Non-Human Animals, Indigenous Critical Theory, 20th-Century American Art, Extinction, Natural History, Taxidermy, Bigfoot, Hunting, American West
Dissertation: Critical Habitat: Picturing Conservation, Extinction, and the American Animal in a Long Twentieth Century


Lilah Leopold

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Interests: art-architecture-envrionment site histories, geopolitical and spatial practices, science and technology studies
Master's Thesis: Master's thesis: "Sharp Edges of the Horizon: A Fissure between "Openness" and "Emptiness on the Tempelhofer Feld in Berlin"


Dana Ostrander

Interests: American Art of the 19th and 20th centuries, the History of Photography, Medical Representations of the Body, Gender and Queer Theory, Race and Indigeneity, Disability Studies
Dissertation: Down to a Science: The Vestiges of Medical Photography in American Fine Art, 1860-2000 


Gonzalo Pinilla

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Minor: South American Photography
Interests: Latin American Modern and Contemporary art particularly print media, photography, colonial studies, contemporary urban cultural production, the history of collecting and displaying in South America, artistic and intellectual networks, visual culture and politics, and questions of race and gender.
Dissertation: Public Aesthetics: print media practices and print studios in Brazil, Colombia and Chile from the 1960s through the 1980s.
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Sarah Richter

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Interests: Contemporary African Art, West African and Diasporic Photography, Critical Race Theory, Borders, archival disruptions, port cities, portrait photography, representations of race and gender, the power of absence, bodily presence


Xuxa Rodriguez

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Interests: 20th and 21st century Latinx and Latin American art, Afrodiasporic art and theory of the Caribbean and Latin America, representations of women of color in fashion and popular culture, critical race art history, performance studies and social practice, feminist and queer theories
Dissertation title: Performing Exile: Cuban-American Women's Performance Art, 1972-2014
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Noelia Irizarry Román

Interests: nineteenth and twentieth century Latin American art; Latin American photography; studies of colonialism; representations of race and gender in Latin American art and photography; national identity discourses in modern Latin American art; the primitive in the nineteenth century imagination; citizenship; borders; Latino/a art


Laura Elizabeth Shea

Interests: History and theory of photography; modern and contemporary art; documentary photography and film; visual culture of travel; feminist art and theory
Dissertation title: Photographs from the Road: Inge Morath, Sophie Calle, Sally Mann and Feminist Road Trip Vision 
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Rachel White

Interests: 20th century art and visual culture in the United States; Histories of Photography and the Illustrated Press; Constructions and Performances of Gender; Materiality and Affect Theory 
Dissertation title: Graphic Form: Vogue and the Politics of the Body, 1930-1950


MA

 

Tyler Forton

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Interests: Twentieth-century Eastern European modernism, Russian and Soviet avant-garde, photography and photomontage, semiotics