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)
Mary Okin is a doctoral candidate specializing in the history of regionalism, art education, and the rise of women artists during America's long nineteenth century. Her master's thesis, Uncovering "New Man" Feminism: Arthur F. Mathews at the San Francisco School of Design, 1890-1896, engages in the first feminist reading of San Francisco painter, muralist, educator, and decorative designer Arthur Frank Mathews (1860-1945) and his contributions to the rise of women artists in California at the turn of the nineteenth century.
Mary is particularly interested in questions of center and periphery and the underrepresented in American art, as well as interdisciplinary approaches to the histories of male feminism, the New Woman, Women’s Suffrage, the World Fair, the status of craftsmanship, and the role of decorative arts in the American West.