Ph.D. Dissertations

Dissertations in Progress

Africa/African Diaspora

Lynch, Ashleigh, "Fantasy Exchanges: Global Circulation of Modern Masculine Tropes in Congolese Art, 1974-2014"
Dissertation Advisor: Sylvester Okwunodu Ogbechie

Architectural History and Urbanism/Urban Planning/Historic Preservation

diZerega, Laura, "The Bureaucracy of Empire: Karl Friedrich Schinkel and Rhenish Church Architecture, 1815-40"
Dissertation Advisor: Richard Wittman

Fathi, Samira, "Representing Eighteenth-Century Isfahan: Urban Spaces and Architectural Patronage"
Dissertation Advisor: Nuha N. N. Khoury

Jameson-Ellsmore, Benjamin, "Please Hack: Makerspaces, Hackerspaces and Public Life in the Detroit and San Francisco Metropolitan Areas"
Dissertation Advisor: Swati Chattopadhyay

Schlothan, Betty, "Visual Constructions and Assertions of Community in the Early Modern Towns of the German Erzgebirge"
Dissertation Advisor: Mark A. Meadow

Art of the United States

Badgett, Virginia Reynolds, "Robert Henri's Women: Art, Individuality and Influence"
Dissertation Advisor: E. Bruce Robertson

Bane, Sarah. “Join the Club: Regional Print Clubs in the United States during the Interwar Period”
Dissertation Advisor: E. Bruce Robertson

Decemvirale, John Vincent, "Knowing Your Place And Making Do: Popular Arts Organizing in Black and Latino Los Angeles, 1960 to Present"
Dissertation Advisor: Jenni Sorkin

Gore, Holly, "Reinventing Work: Modernist Wood and Skilled Trade, 1930-1970"
Dissertation Advisor: Jenni Sorkin

Limb, Matthew, "'Living on the Edge': Ceramics and the Environment in the American West, 1961-2000"
Dissertation Advisor: Jenni Sorkin

Asian American/Asian Diaspora

Tran, Thuy N. D., “Saigon Modernisms: Art of a New Nation, 1954-1975”
Dissertation Advisor: Laurie Monahan

Decorative Arts

Sadoyan, Lilit. “Meuble and Mobility: Furniture in Long-Eighteenth-Century France"
Dissertation Advisor: E. Bruce Robertson and Mark A. Meadow

Early Modern Art

Depasquale, Thomas, "Leonardo and the Commentators: Seeing Things Hidden in the Earliest Essays on the Work of Art, Italy, circa 1560-1590"
Dissertation Advisor: Mark A. Meadow

Mansfield, Margaret, "Image Reincarnation in Early Modern Dutch Illustrated Travelogues"
Dissertation Advisor: Ann Jensen Adams

East Asia

Lu, Yun-Chen, "Gao Fenghan’s (1683–1749) Path to Eccentricity and the Growth of Epigraphical Writing in Early Qing Yangzhou"
Dissertation Advisor: Peter Sturman

von Mirbach, Henning, "Landscapes of Memory: Fa Ruozhen (1613-1696) and the Making of Conquest Identities in Early Qing China"
Dissertation Advisor: Peter Sturman

Raymond, A. Colin, "Formulations of a Medium: The Rise of Video in Japanese Art 1965-1989"
Dissertation Advisor: Jenni Sorkin


Galustian, Abelina, "Orienting the Politics of Images: The Armenian Role in Middle Eastern Photography, 1850-1960"
Dissertation Advisor: Mark A. Meadow

Twentieth Century

Grego March, Claudia, "El arte de América Latina es la revolución: networks of political art between Spain and Latin America during the late Francoist dictatorship (1960-1975)"
Dissertation Advisor: Laurie Monahan

Winter, Rachel, "A Spectacle of Inclusion: The Rise of Contemporary Art from the Arab World, Iran, and Turkey in the United States and England, 1970-2020"
Dissertation Advisor: Jenni Sorkin


Margaret Bell
Healing Walls: Visualizing Bodily and Social Care in the Pellegrinaio Frescoes of the Hospital of Santa Maria della Scala in Siena
Faculty Chair: Mark A. Meadow

Marta Faust
"Was Sichst Du?" The Instrumentation of Sight in Early-Modern German Art
Faculty Chair: Mark A. Meadow

Shannon Emily Gilmore
Miracles at the Margins: The Popular Piety of Miraculous Images in Quattrocento Tuscany
Faculty Chair: Mark A. Meadow

Sophia Quach McCabe
Hans Rottenhammer in Venice: Networking in Style between Italy and Germany
Faculty Chair: Mark A. Meadow


Aleesa Pitchamarn Alexander
Unaccountable Modernisms: The Black Arts of Post-Civil Rights Alabama
Faculty Chair: Jenni Sorkin

Julianne Gavino
Remapping Topographies of Race and Public Space: Asian American Artists in California (1970s to Present)
Faculty Chair: E. Bruce Robertson

Shannon Lieberman
Alongside, Outside, Within, Against: Feminist Art and the American Museum, 1965-2007
Faculty Chair: Laurie Monahan

Mary McGuire
Theological Avant-Garde: The Arts Program at the Judson Memorial Church, 1958-1968
Faculty Chair: Laurie Monahan

Suzanne van de Meerendonk
Public Displays of Affection. Negotiating Power and Identity in Ceremonial Receptions in Amsterdam, 1580-1660
Faculty Chair: Ann Jensen Adams

Anna Myjak-Pycia
Another Modernism: Home Economics and the Conception of Domestic Space in the US, 1900-1960
Faculty Chair: Swati Chattopadhyay

Erin Travers
Boundaries of the Body: The Art of Anatomy in the Seventeenth-Century Netherlands
Faculty Chair: Ann Jensen Adams

Diva Zumaya
Clandestine Devotion, Spiritual Reformation and Community Perseverance in Seventeenth-Century Dutch Catholic Visual Culture
Faculty Chair: Ann Jensen Adams


Briana Simmons
Planters and the Enslaved: The Contested Landscapes of Nineteenth-Century Brazilian Coffee Fazendas
Faculty Chair: Jeanette Favrot Peterson


Brianna Bricker
Virtue from Necessity in the Urban Waterworks of Roman Asia Minor
Faculty Chair: Fikret Yegül

Seokwon Choi
Fashioning Identities in Late Ming Portraits: Zeng Jing and the Literati of Late Ming Jiangnan
Faculty Chair: Peter Sturman

Wencheng Yan
Writing Modernity: Constructing a History of Chinese Architecture, 1920-1949
Faculty Chair: Swati Chattopadhyay


Patricia Lee Daigle
American Tan: Modernism, Eugenics, and the Transformation of Whiteness
Faculty Chair: E. Bruce Robertson

Brigit Ferguson
Controlling Passions: Emotional Expression in Thirteenth-Century German Sculpture
Faculty Chair: C. Edson Armi

Ana Milena Mitrovici
Of Water and Healing: Ad Mediam and Hercules in the Context of Imperial Roman Expansion and the Provinces, 2nd-3rd centuries CE
Faculty Chair: Fikret Yegül

Sophia Rochmes
Color's Absence: The Visual Language of Grisaille in Burgundian Manuscripts
Faculty Chair: Mark A. Meadow

Deborah Spivak
Local Identity in the Face of Empire: Loro Ceramics of the Middle Horizon Peruvian South Coast
Faculty Chair: Jeanette Favrot Peterson


Mahlon W.L. Chute
"Don't Fence Me In": Architecture, Tourism and Segregation in Las Vegas
Faculty Chair: Swati Chattopadhyay

Barbara Kaminska
Shaping the Urban Community: Convivial Conversations and the Display of Pieter Bruegel the Elder's Religious Paintings
Faculty Chair: Mark A. Meadow

Samantha Lauren
Between Africa and Islam: An Analysis of Pre-Colonial Swahili Architecture
Faculty Chair: Nuha N. N. Khoury

Mira Rai Waits
The Spatial Economy of British Colonial Penology in Bengal, 1858-1911
Faculty Chair: Swati Chattopadhyay

History of Art & Architecture Ph.D. Dissertations 2013 - 1972

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