People

Ann Jensen Adams
  • Professor

17th-century Dutch Art; Visual Culture & History of Science (16th - 18th centuries); Early Modern Gender Studies; Portraiture.

Alec Aldrich
  • Graduate Student

Areas of Concentration: Seventeenth-century Dutch art; early modern print culture
Faculty Advisor: Ann Jensen Adams
M.A. Thesis: "'The Town Hall Speaks': The Old Town Hall in Rembrandt's Amsterdam" (Queen's University, Kingston, Ontario, Canada, completed 2018)

C. Edson Armi
  • Professor Emeritus

Romanesque architecture and sculpture, twelfth-century Gothic art, and American twentieth-century commercial design.

Heather Badamo
  • Assistant Professor

East Christian and Byzantine art; Theories of cultural exchange; Philosophies of religious violence; Strategies for communal self-fashioning as manifested in the visual arts.

Virginia Reynolds Badgett
  • Graduate Student

Areas of Concentration: Nineteenth- and twentieth-century American Art, decorative arts, design and material culture; museum studies; curatorial practice
Faculty Advisor: E. Bruce Robertson
Committee Members: Jenni Sorkin, Ann Jensen Adams
Dissertation: "Robert Henri's Women: Art, Individuality and Influence"
M.A. Thesis: "Slaves to Fashion, Not Society: Elizabeth Keckly and Washington, D.C.’s African American Dressmakers, 1860-1870" (Cooperstown Graduate Program, SUNY–Oneonta, completed 2011)

Sarah Bane
  • Graduate Student

Areas of Concentration: Printmaking and materiality, the history of display practices
Faculty Advisor: E. Bruce Robertson
Committee Members: Laurie Monahan, Miriam Wattles, Cynthia Burlingham (Director, Grunwald Center for the Graphic Arts/Deputy Director, Curatorial Affairs, Hammer Museum, UCLA)
Dissertation: “Join the Club: Regional Print Clubs in the United States during the Interwar Period”
M.A. Thesis: "The Art of the Show Window: The Role of Fine Art and Artists in the Formation of the Department Store and its Displays," completed 2014

Ann Bermingham
  • Professor Emeritus

18th and 19th-century European art, particularly British art.

Alicia Boswell
  • Assistant Professor

Pre-Columbian art and archaeology; cultural heritage; conservation; cultural landscapes; culture contact; frontiers; metalworking and ancient technology; craft production.

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Christian Brown
  • Financial and Budget Coordinator
  • Arts Administrative Support Center
  • (805) 893-3984
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Juliana Bruno
  • Director
  • Arts Administrative Support Center
  • (805) 893-4444
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Allison Caplan
  • Assistant Professor

Mesoamerican art; ancient and colonial Latin America; art theory and aesthetics; materiality; art and language.

Swati Chattopadhyay
  • Professor

Modern architecture and urbanism; Cultural landscape of colonialism; British empire; Postcolonial and critical theory.

Mario del Chiaro
  • Professor Emeritus
Leticia Cobra Lima
  • Graduate Student

Areas of Concentration: Women and Queer Artists; Contemporary Latin American Art; Assemblage Art and the Found Object; Sculpture
Faculty Advisor: Jenni Sorkin
M.A. Thesis: "Feminist Practices as Antagonism: Anti-Hegemonic Artistic-political Incursions" (Santa Catarina State University, Florianópolis, Brazil, completed 2014)

John Vincent Decemvirale
  • Graduate Student

Areas of Concentration: Contemporary art, museum history and theory, institutional critique, theories of power and the relationship between the arts and concepts of community
Faculty Advisor: Jenni Sorkin
Committee Members: Swati Chattopadhyay, George Lipsitz (Black Studies, UCSB)
Dissertation: "Knowing Your Place And Making Do: Popular Arts Organizing in Black and Latino Los Angeles, 1960 to Present"
M.A. Thesis: "The Emergence of the Los Angeles Art Scene and the Inheritance of A Spiritual Crisis" (Royal College of Art, London, UK, completed 2010)

Thomas Depasquale
  • Graduate Student

Area of Concentration: Italian Renaissance
Faculty Advisor: Mark A. Meadow
Committee Member: Jon R. Snyder (French and Italian, UCSB)
Dissertation: "Leonardo and the Commentators: Seeing Things Hidden in the Earliest Essays on the Work of Art, Italy, circa 1560-1590"
M.A. Thesis: "On the Indeterminacy of Gestures in Paintings of the Annunciation" (Syracuse University, completed 2009)

Ali Derafshi
  • Graduate Student

Areas of Concentration: 20th Century Architecture and Urbanism, Modern and Contemporary Iranian Architecture
Faculty Advisor: Volker M. Welter
M.Arch. Thesis: “Disappearing Lives: The Material Culture of Sarā-ye Moshir” (McGill University, Montréal, Québec, Canada, completed 2013)

Laura diZerega
  • Graduate Student

Areas of Concentration: Cultural history of 18th-19th century European architecture with an emphasis on German lands, the work and historiography of Karl Friedrich Schinkel, theory and historiography of architecture
Faculty Advisor: Richard Wittman
Committee Members: E. Bruce Robertson, Swati Chattopadhyay
Dissertation: "The Bureaucracy of Empire: Karl Friedrich Schinkel and Rhenish Church Architecture, 1815-40"
M.A. Thesis: "'This Charming Symmetry of Contradictions': The Arabesque and the Emerging Bourgeois Family in Philipp Otto Runge's Fall of the Fatherland (1809)," completed 2012

Sylvia Faichney
  • Graduate Student

Areas of Concentration: Late Twentieth-Century Architecture in the United States; Design and Material Culture; Media Studies; Decorative Arts
Faculty Advisor: Swati Chattopadhyay
M.A. Thesis: "Dreamscapes of Domestic Fantasy: Advertising 1970s Interiors" (University of Brighton, 2016)

Samira Fathi
  • Graduate Student

Areas of Concentration: Iranian Architecture, Nineteenth-century Iranian Urbanism
Faculty Advisor: Nuha N. N. Khoury
Dissertation: "Representing Eighteenth-Century Isfahan: Urban Spaces and Architectural Patronage"
M.A. Thesis: "Tehran’s Dowlat Quarter: Culture of living and urban spaces in Dowlat Quarter during the reign of Naser al-Din Shah Qajar (1848- 96)" (Shahid Beheshti University, Tehran, completed 2013)

Ramón Favela
  • Research Professor Emeritus
Graham Feyl
  • Graduate Student

Areas of Concentration: Modern and Contemporary art; art in America post-1960; craft history; craft materials; queer and transgender histories; queer and feminist theory; material culture
Faculty Advisor: Jenni Sorkin
M.A. Thesis: "Artificial Nature and Total Indulgence: Queer Craft in the Works of Arch Connelly, Nicolas Moufarrege and Greer Lankton" (The School of the Art Institute of Chicago, 2020)

Christine Fritsch
  • Assistant Curator
  • Image Resource Center
  • History of Art & Architecture
  • (805) 893-2509
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Emma Gagnon
  • Graduate Student

Areas of Concentration: 17th century Dutch Art, Early Modern European Cultural Exchanges, Print Culture and Materiality
Faculty Advisor: Ann Jensen Adams
M.A. Thesis: "From Wool to Paper: Johannes Stradanus and the Transmediality of his ‘Hunting Scenes'" (The Courtauld Institute of Art, completed 2015)

Anahit Galstyan
  • Graduate Student

Area of Concentration: 12-14th century Eastern Mediterranean
Faculty Advisor: Heather Badamo
M.A. Thesis: "Armeno-Muslim cultural interactions in late twelfth- and early thirteenth-century Anatolia: kumbets and the cross-cultural transmission of architectural knowledge" (Central European University, Budapest, completed 2017)

Abelina Galustian
  • Graduate Student

Areas of Concentration: Islamic Art and Architecture; Turko-Armenian Studies, Orientalism and Near-Eastern Photography; Feminist Studies
Faculty Advisor: Mark A. Meadow
Committee Member: E. Bruce Robertson
Dissertation: "Orienting the Politics of Images: The Armenian Role in Middle Eastern Photography, 1850-1960"

Colin Gardner
  • Affiliated Faculty
Charlene G. Garfinkle
  • Visiting Lecturer

American Art and Architecture; 19th century European Art; Women Artists; World's Fairs and International Expositions.

Sophia Gimenez
  • Graduate Student

Areas of Concentration: Feminist Theory, Contemporary Art, Critical Theory, European 20th-century Art, and Visual Culture
Faculty Advisor: E. Bruce Robertson
M.A. Thesis: "Hot Off the Press: Image-Making, Eroticism, Counterculture, and Obscenity in Yayoi Kusama's Underground Newspaper," completed 2018

Felicity Good
  • Graduate Student

Areas of Concentration: Artistic exchange between Northern Europe, Spain, and Colonial Latin America during the sixteenth century; history of print and book production; Early Modern epistemologies
Faculty Advisor: Mark A. Meadow
M.A. Thesis: “A Lost Eyckian Painting and a Possible Fifteenth-Century Prototype for Quentin Metsys’s The Moneylender and His Wife” (The Pennsylvania State University, completed 2015)

Holly Gore
  • Graduate Student

Areas of Concentration: Modern and contemporary art; American modernisms; craft and design; artistic labor
Faculty Advisor: Jenni Sorkin
Committee Members: E. Bruce Robertson, Swati Chattopadhyay
Dissertation: "Reinventing Work: Modernist Wood and Skilled Trade, 1930-1970"
M.A. Thesis: "Organic Form in the Functional Woodworks of Wharton Esherick" (Stanford University, completed 2013)

Claudia Grego March
  • Graduate Student

Areas of Concentration: 20th century European and Latin American art, geopolitics and culture, art theory
Faculty Advisor: Laurie Monahan
Committee Members: Sven Spieker (Germanic and Slavic Studies, UCSB), Cristina Venegas (Film and Media Studies, UCSB), Pamela Radcliff (History, UCSD)
Dissertation: "El arte de América Latina es la revolución: networks of political art between Spain and Latin America during the late Francoist dictatorship (1960-1975)"
M.A. Thesis: "Les difficultés et ambiguïtés politiques d’Antoni Tàpies pendant le Franquisme" (Université Paris 1 Panthéon-Sorbonne, completed 2017)

Leslie Huang
  • Graduate Student

Areas of Concentration: Ming-Qing China, sensory studies, Chinese literati painting and material culture
Faculty Advisor: Peter Sturman
M.A. Thesis: "Exercising for Self-Cultivation: Luohans and Yangsheng in the late Ming" (Faculty Group in Asian Studies, UC-Berkeley, completed 2019)

Ben Jameson-Ellsmore
  • Graduate Student

Areas of Concentration: American public space and public sphere, the urban commons, maker- and hackerspaces, history of modern and postmodern architecture, and continental philosophy
Faculty Advisor: Swati Chattopadhyay
Committee Members: Richard Wittman, Alenda Chang (Film and Media Studies, UCSB)
Dissertation: "Please Hack: Makerspaces, Hackerspaces and Public Life in the Detroit and San Francisco Metropolitan Areas"
M.A. Thesis: "Pseudo-Public: Public Spaces as Self-Contradictory Enclosures" (California State University, Stanislaus, completed 2016)

Victoria Jennings
  • Graduate Student

Areas of Concentration: Ancient Greek and Roman artwork, ancient cults, mythology, witchcraft, magic, and tattooing
Faculty Advisor: Claudia Moser
Committee Members: Alicia Boswell, Elizabeth DePalma Digeser (History, UCSB)
M.A. Thesis: "I Sing the Body Magical: Baubo and Her Apotropaic Power," completed 2020

Hannah Kagan-Moore
  • Graduate Student

Areas of Concentration: Early Modern German paintings and prints, identity formation, civic identity, class struggle
Faculty Advisor: Mark A. Meadow
Committee Members: Hilary Bernstein (History, UCSB), Andrew Morrall (Bard Graduate Center)
M.A. Thesis: "White Christian European Identity, Monstrosity and Morality in Bosch's 1482 Vienna Last Judgment" (UC-Davis, completed 2015)

Amanda Kato
  • Undergraduate Advisor
  • History of Art & Architecture
  • (805) 893-2417
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Nuha N. N. Khoury
  • Associate Professor

Islamic architecture and urbanism, 7th - 9th centuries and 17th century; medieval Islamic Iconography; modern art of the Arab world; critiques of the field.

Matthew Limb
  • Graduate Student

Areas of Concentration: Modern and Contemporary Art, Craft, and Design; Environmental Humanities and Ecology; Environmental Design and Sustainability; Queer Cultural Production and Theory; Material Culture Studies
Faculty Advisor: Jenni Sorkin
Committee Members: E. Bruce Robertson, Volker Welter
Disstertation: "'Living on the Edge': Ceramics and the Environment in the American West, 1961-2000"
M.A. Thesis: "Don't Forget to Remember: The Defiant Queer Hand in David McDiarmid's Man Quilt, 1978" (Southern Illinois University, Carbondale, completed 2015)

Yun-chen Lu
  • Graduate Student

Areas of Concentration: East Asian art, Chinese painting and calligraphy
Faculty Advisor: Peter Sturman
Committee Members: Miriam Wattles, Xiaorong Li, Hui-Shu Lee (Art History, UCLA), Lothar von Falkenhausen (Art History, UCLA)
Dissertation: "Gao Fenghan’s (1683-1749) Path to Eccentricity and the Growth of Epigraphical Writing in Early Qing Yangzhou"
M.A. Thesis: "Criticism and Connoisseurship: Yue Ke’s (1183-1243) Calligraphy Collection in Southern Song" (National Taiwan University, completed 2013)

María Lumbreras
  • Assistant Professor

Sixteenth- and seventeenth-century Spanish and Latin American art; interactions of art, science, and archaeology; early modern art theory; histories of record-keeping and evidence-handling technologies; historiographies of art.

Ashleigh Lynch
  • Graduate Student

Areas of Concentration: African Visual Culture, African Photography, Postcolonial and Trauma Theory
Faculty Advisor: Sylvester Okwunodu Ogbechie
Committee Members: E. Bruce Robertson, Mireille Miller-Young (Feminist Studies, UCSB)
Dissertation: "Fantasy Exchanges: Global Circulation of Modern Masculine Tropes in Congolese Art, 1974-2014"
M.A. Thesis: "Concerning Visual Representations of Child Soldiers in Sierra Leone" (University of Florida, Gainesville, completed 2012)

Margaret Mansfield
  • Graduate Student

Area of Concentration: Seventeenth-century Dutch Prints and Publication History; Illustrated Travelogues in Global Context
Faculty Advisor: Ann Jensen Adams
Committee Members: Swati Chattopadhyay, Barbara Holdrege (Religious Studies, UCSB)
Dissertation: "Image Reincarnation in Early Modern Dutch Illustrated Travelogues"
M.A. Thesis: "Ordered Disorder: Dutch Painting of the Topsy-Turvy World" (Institute of Fine Arts at New York University, completed 2013)

Elaine McLemore
  • Visiting Lecturer

Photography, 20th century US; War and Trauma Studies; Visual and Material Culture.

Mark A. Meadow
  • Professor

Northern European Art, 15th - 17th century; Kunst- and Wunderkammern; History of Museums and Collecting; Early-Modern Spectacle.

Henning von Mirbach
  • Graduate Student

Areas of Concentration: Chinese painting and calligraphy, East Asian art
Faculty Advisor: Peter Sturman
Committee Members: Heather Badamo, Xiaorong Li (East Asian Cultures & Literature, UCSB), Hui-Shu Lee (Art History, UCLA), Lothar von Falkenhausen (Archaeology and Art History, UCLA)
Dissertation: "Landscapes of Memory: Fa Ruozhen (1613-1696) and the Making of Conquest Identities in Early Qing China"
M.A. Thesis: "The reformulation of the literati approach in early modern China: colour in the work of Wang Hui (1632-1717) and Wang Yuanqi (1642-1715)" (The University of Manchester, completed 2014)

Mohammadreza Mirzaei
  • Graduate Student

Areas of Concentration: Modern and contemporary art, 20th-century Iranian art, history of photography
Faculty Advisor: Laurie Monahan

Laurie Monahan
  • Associate Professor
  • Department Chair

Surrealism; French art (interwar period); European 20th-century Art; American Post-WWII Art; Visual Culture; Critical Theory.

  • (805) 893-8060 (chair’s office)
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Sara Morris
  • Graduate Student

Areas of Concentration: Modern and Contemporary Art, Studio Craft, and Material Culture; Digital Media Art and Technology; Feminist Art and Theory
Faculty Advisor: Jenni Sorkin
M.A. Thesis: "Crafting Autonomy: A Reevaluation of the Pedestal in the Sculpture of Arlene Shechet, Nicole Cherubini, and Francesca DiMattio" (San José State University, completed 2017)

Claudia Moser
  • Associate Professor

Roman Republican sanctuaries; altars; ancient rituals; cults and burial practices.

Sylvester Okwunodu Ogbechie
  • Professor

African and African Diaspora Arts and Visual Culture; Contemporary Art; Cultural Patrimony Research, and Critical Theory.

Mary Okin
  • Graduate Student

Area of Concentration: American art
Faculty Advisor: E. Bruce Robertson
Committee Members: Laurie Monahan, Margaretta Lovell (History of Art, UC-Berkeley)
M.A. Thesis: "Uncovering 'New Man' Feminism: Arthur F. Mathews at the San Francisco School of Design, 1890-1896" (San José State University, completed 2016)

Carole Paul
  • Senior Lecturer
  • Director of Museum Studies

17th- and 18th-century art and architecture in Italy; history of collecting and museums.

Jeanette Favrot Peterson
  • Research Professor and Professor Emeritus

Precolumbian and Colonial Latin American art, Marian imagery, Early Modern Spain.

Mike Rambour
  • Applications and Database Programmer
  • History of Art & Architecture
  • (805) 893-7894
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A. Colin Raymond
  • Graduate Student

Areas of Concentration: Contemporary Japanese Art, Global Contemporary, Video Art, New Media
Faculty Advisors: Jenni Sorkin and Bert Winther-Tamaki (Art History, UC Irvine)
Dissertation: "Formulations of a Medium: The Rise of Video in Japanese Art 1965-1989"
M.A. Thesis: "Re-Evaluating Murakami’s Superflat: Toward a Contextualized Interpretation of Contemporary Japanese Art" (University of Illinois at Urbana-Champaign, completed 2015)

E. Bruce Robertson
  • Professor Emeritus History of Art & Architecture
  • Director Emeritus Art Design & Architecture Museum UCSB

American art; History of collecting and museums; British watercolors.

Erin Rooney
  • Academic Program Manager
  • Graduate Advisor
  • History of Art & Architecture
  • (805) 893-2454
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Lilit Sadoyan
  • Graduate Student

Areas of Concentration: Eighteenth-century French decorative arts and sculpture, the history of collecting and display, museums
Faculty Advisors: E. Bruce Robertson, Mark A. Meadow
Committee Member: Mimi Hellman (Art History, Skidmore College)
Dissertation: "Meuble and Mobility: Furniture in Long-Eighteenth-Century France"
M.A. Thesis: "Collecting at Court and Beyond: The Dissemination and Display of Girardon’s Sculptural Groups" (UC Riverside, completed 2010)

Iman Salty
  • Graduate Student
Area of Concentration: 20th century German art
Faculty Advisor: Laurie Monahan
M.A. Thesis: "Deconstructing the War Monument, Redefining the War Hero: Antimilitarism in Berlin Dada, 1920" (The Courtauld Institute of Art, completed 2018)
Betty Schlothan
  • Graduate Student

Area of Concentration: Northern Renaissance
Faculty Advisor: Mark A. Meadow
Dissertation: "Visual Constructions and Assertions of Community in the Early Modern Towns of the German Erzgebirge"
M.A. Thesis: "Intriguing Relationships: An Exploration of Early Modern German Prints of Relic Displays and Reliquaries" (UC Riverside, completed 2013)

Nathan Segura
  • Graduate Student

Areas of Concentration: Modern/Contemporary Art
Faculty Advisor: Laurie Monahan

Nisha Shanghavi
  • Graduate Student

Area of Concentration: 19th century British India
Faculty Advisor: Swati Chattopadhyay
M.A. Thesis: "Lajja: Contesting Ideal Womanhood in Contemporary Hindi Film" (University of Texas at Austin, completed 2002)
M.A. Thesis: "Photographs by Tseng Kwong Chi: Diaspora and Self-Representation" (University at Buffalo, completed 2001)

Mallory Sharp
  • Graduate Student

Areas of Concentration: African, African Diaspora and African American art, museum and exhibition histories
Faculty Advisor: Sylvester Okwunodu Ogbechie
Committee Members: Swati Chattopadhyay, Jeffrey Stewart (Black Studies, UCSB), Amy Buono (Art, Chapman University)
M.A. Thesis: "Readjustments: Kupka’s Return to Painting in Peacetime" (Indiana University, Bloomington, completed 2014)

Megan Sheard
  • Graduate Student

Areas of Concentration: 19th and 20th century British Empire decorative arts; furniture and woodcarving; Australian colonial decorative arts; colonial fairs and exhibitions; African art; Australian impressionism
Faculty Advisor: Swati Chattopadhyay
M.A. Thesis: "Materialising Mythologies: Shaker Chairs and the 'Transcendent Good'" (Curtin University, Perth, Western Australia, completed 2014)

Elizabeth Driscoll Smith
  • Graduate Student

Areas of Concentration: Modern and Contemporary American Art, art of the American South, and the relationship between race and modernism; the history of folk, self-taught, and “outlier” art; twentieth-century exhibition history; curatorial practice
Faculty Advisor: Jenni Sorkin
M.A. Thesis: "Claude Cahun, Marcel Moore, and the Collapse of 'Surrealist Photography'" (Hite Art Institute, University of Louisville, completed 2016)

Jenni Sorkin
  • Associate Professor

Contemporary art; material culture, craft, and design; gender and artistic labor; art criticism; feminist historiographies and theory; alternative spaces; art school pedagogies; global exhibition practice and history; queer culture and theory.

Jackie Spafford
  • Curator
  • Image Resource Center
  • History of Art & Architecture
  • (805) 893-2509
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Peter Sturman
  • Professor

Chinese Painting and Calligraphy, Early to Modern; intersections of texts, theories, and images.

Lisa Thwing
  • Academic Services Manager
  • Arts Administrative Support Center
  • (805) 893-2852
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Thuy N. D. Tran
  • Graduate Student

Areas of Concentration: Modern and Contemporary Art; Asia and the Asian Diaspora; Postcolonial Cultural Theory; Institutional Critique, Curatorial Practices, Museology
Committee Members: Laurie Monahan, E. Bruce Robertson, Linda Vo (Asian American Studies, UC Irvine)
Dissertation: "Saigon Modernisms: Art of a New Nation, 1954-1975"

Taylor Van Doorne
  • Graduate Student

Areas of Concentration: 18th and 19th century European architecture, monuments and public space, revolutions and popular uprisings, architectural theory
Faculty Advisor: Richard Wittman
M.A. Thesis: "Moralizing Utopia: The Virtues of Collectivity and Happiness in Ledoux’s Ideal City of Chaux" (Tufts University, completed 2016)

Maya Wang
  • Financial Analyst
  • Arts Administrative Support Center
  • (805) 893-8010
  • Arts 1246
Miriam Wattles
  • Professor Emeritus

Early Modern and Modern Japanese Visual Culture: illustrated books and print culture, ukiyo-e woodblock prints, painting, calligraphy.

Volker M. Welter
  • Professor

Modern architecture; domestic architecture; patronage; histories of modernist, revival styles; and, sustainable architecture.

Jeremy White
  • Continuing Lecturer

Architecture of the United States; Contemporary architecture.

Rachel Winter
  • Graduate Student

Areas of Concentration: Contemporary art from the Arab World, Iran, and Turkey; Museum History, Theory, and Display (US and Global); Global Contemporary art; Cultural Exchange; Biennials; the Art Market; Globalization; World's Fairs & Festivals
Faculty Advisor: Jenni Sorkin
Committee Members: Laurie Monahan, Heather Badamo, Sarah-Neel Smith (Art History, Maryland Institute College of Art)
Dissertation: "A Spectacle of Inclusion: The Rise of Contemporary Art from the Arab World, Iran, and Turkey in the United States and England, 1970-2020"
M.A. Thesis: "Out of the Periphery: Identity and Protest Art Amidst Alternative Revolutions" (Islamic & Middle Eastern Studies, University of Iowa, completed 2017)

Richard Wittman
  • Associate Professor

Cultural history of European architecture and town planning, 17th - 19th centuries; theory and historiography of architecture.