Art History Graduate Students


Alyssa Rose Bralower


Interests: The history of photography, performance art, avant-garde art in the interwar period, 1960s counterculture, 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.

Maria Dorofeeva


Interests: 19th-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

Srinanda Ganguly


Interests: Architecture, medieval South Asia, gender.

Kirstin Gotway


Interests: 19th-century British and American art, Orientalism, decorative arts.

Lauren (Ally) Johnson


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


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

Jessie Landau


Minor: American Indian Studies
Interests: Eco-critical studies, nonhuman 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 20th Century

Lilah Leopold


Interests: Art-architecture-envrionment site histories, geopolitical and spatial practices, science and technology studies.
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


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.

Sarah Richter


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


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: Performing Exile: Cuban-American Women's Performance Art, 1972–2014

Noelia Irizarry Román

Interests: 19th- and 20th-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 19th-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: Photographs from the Road: Inge Morath, Sophie Calle, Sally Mann, and Feminist Road Trip Vision

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: Graphic Form: Vogue and the Politics of the Body, 1930–1950


Tyler Forton


Interests: 20th-century Eastern European modernism, Russian and Soviet avant-garde, photography and photomontage, semiotics.