Editors and Contributors

Édouard Baldus, Arles, Cloitre St. Trophime [north gallery, c. 1861 (George Eastman House)
Detail, Édouard Baldus, Cloister, St. Trophime, Arles, north gallery, c. 1861 (George Eastman House)


EXECUTIVE EDITORS

Dr. Beth Harris
Beth is co-founder and executive editor for Smarthistory and faculty emeritus at Khan Academy. Previously, she was dean of art and history at Khan Academy. She works with leading museums to bring their content to new global audiences and acquires, edits, and publishes short essays on art and history by leading academics. She was the first director of digital learning at The Museum of Modern Art, where she started MoMA Courses Online and co-produced educational videos, websites and apps. Before joining MoMA, Beth was Associate Professor of art history and director of distance learning at the Fashion Institute of Technology where she taught both online and in the classroom. She has co-authored, with Dr. Steven Zucker, numerous articles on the future of education and the future of museums, topics she regularly addresses at conferences around the world. She received her Master’s degree from the Courtauld Institute of Art in London, and her doctorate in Art History from the Graduate Center of the City University of New York.

Dr. Steven Zucker
Steven is co-founder and executive editor for Smarthistory and faculty emeritus at Khan Academy. Previously, he was dean of art and history at Khan Academy. He produces short-form videos on art and history viewed by millions of people around the world. He works with leading museums to bring their content to new global audiences and acquires, edits, and publishes short essays on art and history by leading academics. He was chair of history of art and design at Pratt Institute where he strengthened enrollment and lead the renewal of curriculum across the Institute. Before that, he was dean of the School of Graduate Studies at the Fashion Institute of Technology, SUNY and chair of their art history department. He has taught at The School of Visual Arts, Hunter College, and at The Museum of Modern Art. Dr. Zucker is a recipient of the SUNY Chancellor’s Award for Excellence in Teaching. He has co-authored, with Dr. Beth Harris, numerous articles on the future of education and the future of museums, topics he regularly addresses at conferences around the world. Dr. Zucker received his Ph.D. from the Graduate Center of the City University of New York.


CONTRIBUTING EDITORS

Dr. Jeffrey A. Becker is Contributing Editor for Ancient Roman and Etruscan art. His research is focused on Italo-Roman architecture and urbanism, but is interested in urbanism across the Mediterranean basin, as a well as in building techniques, city planning, Roman villas, and archaeological theory. Becker was trained in Classics at the University of North Carolina at Chapel Hill (M.A., Ph.D.) and has extensive experience as a classroom instructor and as an excavator, having worked for a number of years in and around Rome.

Dr. Amy Calvert is the Contributing Editor for Ancient Egyptian art. Amy holds a Ph.D. from the Institute of Fine Arts at New York University and has been involved in several excavations in Italy, Egypt, and the U.S. She has acted as registrar in the field for the Osiris Temple Project with the Yale-University of Pennsylvania-New York University Expedition to Abydos and has worked at The British Museum and the Museum of Fine Arts, Boston.

Dr. Esperança Camara is Contributing Editor for Mannerist and Baroque art. She received her Ph.D. from Johns Hopkins University. Her research focuses on Italian devotional art of the post-Tridentine period (1560-1640). In 2006 she received the Excellence in Teaching and Campus Leadership Award at the University of Saint Francis in Fort Wayne, Indiana where she is currently Associate Professor of Art History and Director of the MA in Studio Art Program.

Dr. Kristen Chiem is Contributing Editor for East Asian Art. She earned her M.A. from Harvard University and her Ph.D. from the University of California, Los Angeles. Her research concentrates on late imperial Chinese painting. She is currently Assistant Professor of Art at Pepperdine University.

Dr. Rebecca Jeffrey Easby is Contributing Editor for 19th Century Art and an Associate Professor of Art History and Chair of the Fine Arts Program at Trinity Washington University in Washington, D.C. Her research can be found in publications such as The Burlington Magazine and History and Community: Essays in Victorian Medievalism (Garland Press). She received her Ph.D. from the Courtauld Institute of Art, University of London.

Dr. Sally Hickson is Contributing Editor for Renaissance art in Northern Italy and Associate Professor of Renaissance Art History at the University of Guelph. She has received the H.P. Krauss Fellowship in early books and manuscripts at the Beinecke Library at Yale University (2009), and the Natalie Zemon Davis Award from the Journal Renaissance and Reformation (2010). She is the author of Women, Art and Architectural Patronage in Renaissance Mantua: Matrons, Mystics and Monasteries (Ashgate 2012), and the co-editor of Inganno—The Art of Deception (Ashgate, 2012).

Dr. Ellen Hurst earned her PhD at the Graduate Center, CUNY. Her research addresses cultural interaction in the early modern world, with a focus on the exchange between northern Italy and Muscovy in the sixteenth century. She has taught art history in the Midwest and on the East Coast, and currently works as a consulting writer, editor, and researcher for several major arts organizations, including the Metropolitan Museum of Art and the US State Department’s Art in Embassies Program.

Dr. Maya Jiménez is Contributing Editor for Twentieth-Century Latin American Art. She received her Ph.D. from the Graduate Center, CUNY, where she focused on the transatlantic dialogues between Latin American and European modern art. She is currently a lecturer at the Museum of Modern Art and Assistant Professor at Kingsborough Community College, CUNY.

Dr. Lauren G. Kilroy-Ewbank is the Contributing Editor for Latin American Colonial and Native American/First Nations art. She received her Ph.D. in Art History from the University of California Los Angeles. In 2013, she received a Mrs. Giles Whiting Foundation Fellowship for Excellence in Teaching at Brooklyn College, CUNY, where she was an Assistant Professor of Art History until 2015. She is currently an Assistant Professor of Art History at Pepperdine University.

Dr. Peri Klemm is the Contributing Editor for African art. She is Professor of Art History at California State University, Northridge and teaches course on the arts of Africa, Oceania, and Native America.  Her current research project focuses on identity, dress, and the body in Oromia, Ethiopia.  She received her doctorate in African art history from Emory University.

Dr. Rex Koontz is Contributing Editor for Pre-Columbian art in Mesoamerica. Rex is an art historian who works in the museum collections and archaeological sites of Mexico. He has written extensively on the ancient history of Mexico, including the recent Lightning Gods and Feathered Serpents: The Public Sculpture of El Tajin (2009, University of Texas Press). He is also the author (with Michael Coe) of Mexico: From the Olmecs to the Aztecs, the standard English introduction to the history of Ancient Mexico. He was recently one of three North Americans asked to contribute to the celebration of Mexico’s Bicentenary at the National Museum of Anthropology and History, Mexico City. He is currently Professor of Art History and Director of the School of Art, University of Houston.

Dr. Billie Lythberg is Contributing Editor for the Art of Oceania. Billie received her PhD in Art History from the University of Auckland (NZ), and completed post-doctoral research at Cambridge University Museum of Archaeology and Anthropology (MAA,UK). She is currently Senior Research Fellow at the University of Auckland Business School and an Affiliated Researcher at MAA. Billie explores Indigenous economies and aesthetics and has collaborated with Māori and Pacific artists, academics and communities towards co-developed research, co-authored publications, co-curated exhibitions, and projects of artistic and economic revitalisation. She has a particular passion for eighteenth-century Māori and Tongan artefacts, and the economic and political objectives their transactions were harnessed to.

Dr. Elizabeth Macaulay-Lewis is Contributing Editor for the Arts of the Islamic World. She is an archaeologist and architectural historian. She is currently Visiting Assistant Professor at the Graduate Center at CUNY and serves on the governing board of the Archaeological Institute of America. She has a DPhil in Classical Archaeology from Oxford University.

Dr. Joanna Milk Mac Farland is Contributing Editor for Fourteenth- and Fifteenth-Century Tuscan Art. She recently received her Ph.D. in the History of Art from the University of London’s Courtauld Institute of Art, where she attended as a Thomas Lee scholar. Currently, she is working on a book project investigating depictions of visionary experience in early Renaissance Italy.

Dr. Bonnie J. Noble is Contributing Editor for the Northern Renaissance. She is Associate Professor of Art History at the University of North Carolina at Charlotte. She received her Ph.D. in art history from Northwestern University, her MA in art history from the University of Pennsylvania. Her specialization is the art of the Northern Renaissance, particularly sixteenth-century German painting.

Dr. Melody Rod-ari is Contributing Editor for Southeast Asian art. She earned her M.A. from Boston University and her Ph.D. from the University of California, Los Angeles. Her research examines modern and contemporary Thai Buddhist visual culture. She is currently Assistant Curator of Asian art at the Norton Simon Museum and Editor for the American Council for Southern Asian Art. Beginning in August she will join the faculty of art history at Loyola Marymount University. 

Dr. Nancy Ross is Contributing Editor for Medieval Art. She received her Ph.D. in the History of Art from Cambridge University in 2007. She specializes in medieval illuminated manuscripts and teaches art history at Dixie State College of Utah.

Dr. Sarahh Scher is a Contributing Editor for Pre-Columbian South American Art. She received her Ph.D. in art history from Emory University and an M.F.A. in printmaking from New Mexico State University. Her research focuses on issues surrounding the representation of gender, identity, and costume in the Andean area. She teaches part-time at Salem State University.

Allison Young is Contributing Editor for Global Modern and Contemporary Art. She is a Part-Time Lecturer in Art and Design History and Theory at Parsons, the New School for Design and is an ABD doctoral candidate in Art History at the Institute of Fine Arts, New York University. She specializes in Modern and Contemporary Art History with focus on African and African Diasporic Art.

Dr. Bryan J. Zygmont is Contributing Editor for American Art. He earned his Ph.D. from the Department of Art History and Archaeology at the University of Maryland in 2006. He is currently Associate Professor of Art History at Clarke University in Dubuque, Iowa. Zygmont is the author of Portraiture and Politics in New York City, 1790-1825: Gilbert Stuart, John Vanderlyn, John Trumbull, and John Welsey Jarvis, a book he partially wrote while a Visiting Scholar at the National Portrait Gallery. Zygmont was a Fulbright Scholar in 2013.

CONTRIBUTORS

Faris Al Ahmad received an MA in Middle Eastern Studies from The Graduate Center, City University of New York. His research interests include Islamic history and cultures, contemporary Islamic thought. He is also a lecturer of Arabic language at Hunter College, CUNY.

Dr. William Allen teaches art history at Arkansas State University. William received his doctorate from Johns Hopkins in Byzantine art and architecture. He has traveled widely and lived for periods in Turkey and Afghanistan
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Dr. Jessica L. Ambler holds a Ph.D. from the University of California, Santa Barbara with a specialization is Roman architecture. She was a Post-Doctoral Research Fellow at UCSB and a Curatorial Assistant at the Santa Barbara Museum of Art. She now teaches Humanities online for Southern New Hampshire University.

Dr. Colette Apelian obtained her doctorate in Art History from the University of California, Los Angeles where she specialized in Islamic art and architecture. Dr. Apelian lives and researches in Morocco and is currently writing a manuscript on the histories of electricity, automobiles, and development in the old city of Fez during the French colonial period (1912-1956). Dr. Apelian teaches art history online for Berkeley City College in Berkeley, California.

Dr. Darius Arya He received his Ph.D. in Classical Archaeology from the University of Texas in Austin in 2002. He has been a Fulbright Fellow and a Fellow of the American Academy in Rome. He co-founded the American Institute for Roman Culture and has directed numerous excavations including digs in the Roman Forum and Ostia Antica. has appeared the History, National Geographic, and Discovery Channels.

Dr. Kris Belden-Adams is an Assistant Professor of Art History at the University of Mississippi. Her work has appeared in Afterimage, Cabinet, and in the Metropolitan Museum of Art’s 2012 book Faking It: Manipulated Photography before Photoshop.

Ortal Bensky earned her BA degree from the Hebrew University in Jerusalem. She studied Islamic Art and Architecture as part of her MA degree at the Graduate Center, City University of New York.

Dr. Javier Berzal de Dios received his Ph.D. from Ohio State University. He is an Assistant Professor of Early Modern Art and Critical Theory at Western Washington University. His research and writing addresses the intersections of art, architecture, and theory, with a focus on space and spatiality.

Christine Bolli has been teaching Art History and various topics in Humanities for more than 10 years. She is in the process of finishing her PhD dissertation, which focuses on 12th Century Cistercian architecture in Provence and its ties to local construction techniques. However, she enjoys teaching all areas and aspects of Art History, from ancient architecture to surrealist painting. Christine is currently the Graduate Program Manager for the History of Art and Architecture program at UCSB. She has also taught at Brooks Institute, AIU Online, CSU Channel Islands, College of the Redwoods, and University of California, Santa Barbara. Additionally she has done archival and cataloging work for both public and private collections and written for a number of online publications.

Doris Maria-Reina Bravo holds a Ph.D. in Art History from The University of Texas at Austin. Her speciality is twentieth-century Latin American art. She is currently the Manager of Arts Content at WPBT2, a PBS member station in Miami, where she co-produces a weekly art show.

Dr. Catherine Burdick holds a Ph.D. in Art History from the University of Illinois at Chicago, specializing broadly in pre-Columbian Mesoamerica, and specifically in relationships between portraiture and hieroglyphs in Classic Maya sculpture. She has taught art history at several institutions, including Milwaukee Institute of Art and Design and UIC.

Emily Casden received her M.A. in art history from Hunter College in 2011. She specializes in twentieth-century modernism, with a strong interest in German Expressionism, Futurism, Interwar and Postwar art, and art theory and aesthetics.

Matt Collins is a Ph.D. candidate in Italian Studies at Harvard University, where he specializes in medieval and modern cultural history. He earned his MA from New York University’s Institute of Fine Arts. His thesis was on the convergence of propagandized literature, art and architecture under the fascist regime. His dissertation will deal with particular illustrations of Dante’s Divine Comedy.

Dr. Christina Connett is Curator of Exhibitions and Collections at the New Bedford Whaling Museum in New Bedford, Massachusetts. She has an MA from the University of Auckland New Zealand, and a Ph.D. candidate from the University of Valencia in Spain. Connett has taught Art History and the History of Cartography at the Rhode Island School of Design and University of Massachusetts, Dartmouth.

Pippa Couch holds a Masters in History of Art from the Courtauld Institute of Art, London and specializes in the art from Antiquity to Byzantium. She is currently working as a gallery educator at the Courtauld Institute Galleries and the Dulwich Picture Gallery in London.

Dr. Elisa Dainese is currently a lecturer and visiting scholar at the University of Pennsylvania in the History of Art Department. In 2012, she obtained a PhD in Architectural Design from the IUAV University of Venice (Italy), with a dissertation focused on post-war architecture, Team Ten, Aldo van Eyck, and the fascination for Dogon art and architecture of Mali (Africa). Dr Dainese is the author of articles and essays published in the Journal of the Society of Architectural Historians (“Histories of Exchange: Indigenous South Africa in the South African Architectural Record and the Architectural Review,” Dec 2015), Le Corbusier, 50 years later (2015), New Urban Configurations (2014), Nuove qualità del vivere in periferia (2013), Landscape and Imagination (2013), and Catalogo della Mostra Internazionale Triennale d’Architettura Milano (2012).

Abigail Lapin Dardashti is a Ph.D. student in Art History at the CUNY Graduate Center. Her research focuses on twentieth-century Latin American art and more specifically post-war Brazil and the Dominican Republic.

Dr. Joseph Dauben is Distinguished Professor of History at Herbert H. Lehman College and the Graduate School and University Center of the City University of New York. He has published widely on many subjects including the History of Science, the History of Mathematics, the Scientific Revolution, Sociology of Science, and Intellectual History. He received his Ph.D. at Harvard University.

Megan Lorraine Debin is Professor of Art History and Museum Studies at Cuesta College. She is a PhD candidate in the Department of Art History at University of California, Los Angeles, where she also earned a Master’s degree in Latin American studies and a BA in Art History. Her research primarily focuses on contemporary performance and land art in Mexico. Other research interests include pre-Columbian art,  global indigenous arts, street art, Internet/new media, and activist art.

Mya Dosch is a PhD candidate at The Graduate Center, CUNY. Her area of specialization is 20th-century art of Latin America, and her dissertation research focuses on artistic and architectural projects in Mexico City that memorialize the 1968 student movement and the massacre of student activists in Tlatelolco Square. Mya teaches at Brooklyn College and City College.

Dr. David Drogin has been a professor in the History of Art Department at SUNY’s Fashion Institute of Technology since 2004 and has previously taught at Wesleyan University, Harvard and Yale. A specialist in Italian Renaissance art, he received his M.A. and Ph.D. from Harvard University.

Dr. Davor Džalto is associate professor of art history, art theory and religious studies at the American University of Rome. He earned his Ph.D. from the University of Freiburg, on the topic “The Role of the Artist in Self-Referent Art.” He has published five books and over 30 scholarly articles and essays.

Dr. Nausikaä El-Mecky is a fellow of the interdisciplinary research group Bildakt und Verkörperung at the Humboldt University in Berlin and a lecturer at the Freie Universität in Berlin and Utrecht University in the Netherlands. She received her Ph.D. in History of Art from the University of Cambridge in 2013 for her thesis “Dangerous Art: Towards a Theory of Organised Legal Attacks on European Art.”

Dr. Allen Farber has taught at the State University of New York College at Oneonta since 1981. He has been responsible for teaching a range of courses including upper level courses in Ancient, Medieval, and Renaissance art. He received his Ph.D. from Cornell University in 1980..

Dr. Julia Fischer is a Lecturer of Art History at Georgia Southern University. She has also taught at Columbus College of Art and Design, Denison University, and The Ohio State University. Her dissertation is titled “For Your Eyes Only: Private Propaganda in Roman Imperial Cameos.” Her research explores the iconography of Roman imperial cameos.

Meg Floryan earned her Masters in American Fine & Decorative Art from Sotheby’s Institute of Art in New York.

Dr. Tom Folland is an Assistant Professor of Art History at Los Angeles Mission College. Formerly a curator and art critic based in Toronto, he received his Ph.D. from UCLA in 2010. His article “Robert Rauschenberg’s Queer Modernism: The Early Combines” was published in The Art Bulletin in 2010 and an exhibition catalogue on the work of HK Zamani for CB1 Gallery, Los Angeles in 2012. His recent essay “The Red Show: Theatre and Painting in the 1950s” is forthcoming in 2016

Dr. Elisa Foster specializes in late Medieval and early modern French art and architecture. She received her PhD from Brown University and has taught at Paris College of Art, Southern Methodist University and the University of Texas at Arlington, among others. Beginning in January, she will be a Lecturer in the John V. Roach Honors College at Texas Christian University.

Dr. Abram Fox holds a doctorate in art history and archaeology from the University of Maryland, where he specialized in eighteenth century British and American painting. In addition to his dissertation research on the transatlantic artistic and educational exchange centered on the workshop of Benjamin West, Abram has published work on twentieth-century Czech postcards, and comic books in art history.

Dr. Jennifer Freeman is a visiting assistant professor at the University of St. Thomas in St. Paul, MN. She has presented and published on images of divinity in Late Antiquity and the early Middle Ages. Her area of expertise is in Carolingian art and theology; she is currently preparing a translation of In honorem sanctae crucis by Hrabanus Maurus.

Dr. Suzanne Newman Fricke teaches modern and contemporary art history at the Santa Fe University of Art and Design. In her work as a curator and in her scholarship, she specializes on contemporary Native American art and has published articles on Bob Haozous, Matika Wilbur, and Melanie Yazzie.

Dr. Bernard Frischer authored, or co-authored, six books and many articles on virtual heritage and on the Classical world and its survival. He is Professor of Informatics at Indiana University, Bloomington. Previously, he was Professor of Art History and Classics at the University of Virginia where he was Director of the Virtual World Heritage Laboratory. Dr. Frischer’s many projects include “Rome Reborn,” the virtual recreation of the entire city of ancient Rome within the Aurelian Walls. He received his Ph.D. in Classics summa cum laude from the University of Heidelberg.

Dr. Shana Gallagher-Lindsay has taught the history of Western art at the Fashion Institute of Technology, S.U.N.Y., since 1994. Her areas of specialization are modern and contemporary art, and photography. She completed her Ph.D. at the City University of New York Graduate Center in 2003, writing her dissertation on the installation artist, Marcel Broodthaers.

Dr. Senta German, now at the Ashmolean Museum of Art and Archaeology, University of Oxford, took her Ph.D. at Columbia University in Aegean, Greek and Ancient Near Eastern archaeology and art. She explores the intersection of art and ancient Greek society with specific attention to performance, gender and the impacts of the illicit antiquities trade and forgery. She has taught at Columbia University, New York University, Rutgers University and was Associate Professor of Classics and Art History at Montclair State University.

Dr. Beth S. Gersh-Nesic earned her Ph.D. in art history from the City University of New York Graduate Center and currently teaches art history at Purchase College. Her specialty is Modern Art with an emphasis on Picasso and Cubism.

Dr. Parme Giuntini received her Ph.D. from UCLA where she focused on 18th century British portraiture and the development of a modern domestic ideal. She directs the Art History program at Otis College of Art and Design where her scholarly interests in portraiture and gender have broadened into fashion and identity.

Sebastian Hageneuer received a MA in Near Eastern Archaeology at the Freie Universität Berlin, Germany. He is currently a PhD candidate at the same university focusing on “The Development History of Architectural Reconstruction in the media of Near Eastern Archaeology”. Since 2008, he also runs a bureau for scientific visualisation called “Artefacts”, that specialises in the reconstruction and presentation of ancient architecture.

Nathalie N. Hager is a Ph.D. candidate in the Interdisciplinary Graduate Studies program at the University of British Columbia’s Okanagan campus. She is writing her dissertation on World Art History, a turn in the discipline away from national histories and area studies towards modes that foreground connection and exchange, and how its discourse is developing in art historical theory and scholarship, museums, and pedagogy.

Dr. Amy K. Hamlin focuses on early twentieth-century German art, particularly the work of Max Beckmann. Hamlin earned a Ph.D. from the Institute of Fine Arts at NYU and is currently an Assistant Professor of Art History at St. Catherine University, where she teaches across the art history curriculum.

Dr. Kristen M. Harkness specializes in Russian art of the late-nineteenth century and its relationship to the varied arts and crafts movements then developing across Europe. Dr. Harkness is currently a Lecturer at West Virginia University and an Instructor at University of Pittsburgh where she earned her Ph.D.

Sophie Harland completed her Masters at the Courtauld Institute of Art, writing on the reproduction of ancient sculpture in eighteenth-century Britain. During her studies she wrote for and edited gallery publications and delivered public talks in the Courtauld Gallery.

Leila Anne Harris is a doctoral student in art history at the Graduate Center, City University of New York, where she specializes in the history of photography. Her research and writing focus on nineteenth century photography, gender, and domesticity.

Dr. Shawnya L. Harris is an Assistant Professor of Art History at Elizabeth City State University. She earned her Ph.D. degree in art history from the University of North Carolina at Chapel Hill. She has curated several exhibitions and is the former director of University Galleries at North Carolina A&T State University. Her research interests include modern and contemporary arts of the African diaspora and issues related to art collecting and patronage.

Dr. Benjamin Harvey is an associate Professor of art history at Mississippi State University, Ben received his graduate degrees from the University of Birmingham, UK, and UNC-Chapel Hill. His research focuses on word-and-image issues in the art and literature of nineteenth- century France and early twentieth-century Britain. His work has appeared in numerous venues, including publications by Cornell University Press, Edinburgh University Press, and Palgrave MacMillan.

Dr. Margaret Herman earned a Ph.D. from the Graduate Center of the City University of New York, where she specialized in early twentieth-century architecture and urbanism. She holds an M.A. from Queens College, and has taught courses in art and architectural history at City College, Parsons, and Montclair State University.

Dr. Heather A. Horton specializes in Medieval and Renaissance art and architectural history, especially the works of the pivotal writer and architect Leon Battista Alberti. Horton earned her Ph.D. from the Institute of Fine Arts at NYU. She is a frequent guest lecturer at The Cloisters Museum and has taught art history at New York University, The City University of New York, and Purchase College; currently she teaches art and design at Pratt Institute.

Elaine Hoysted is currently a PhD candidate in the Department of History of Art at University College Cork,Ireland. Her research focuses on the representation of motherhood inRenaissance Florence. She received a BA (Hons) (2008) and MPhil in History ofArt (2012) at University College Cork. She is also an assistant lecturer in theDepartment of History of Art and the Centre for Adult Continuing Education,University College Cork. She has published a number of papers on the representation of motherhood in Renaissance Italy.

Roshna Kapadia has an MA in South Asian Studies from the University of Pennsylvania and has recently completed an MA in Art History at George Mason University. Although her primary area of focus is South Asian art (Buddhist sculpture, Hindu architecture, Islamic painting from the Mughal era), she also lectures student groups, visiting tourists, and adult audiences in the Washington DC area on a wider set of art history topics.

Farisa Khalid holds a Masters in art history from the Institute of Fine Arts at New York University, where she wrote her thesis on Thomas Hart Benton’s work with Hollywood. Her primary area of interest is nineteenth and twentieth century American art and visual culture with a sub-specialty in South Asian art.

Dr. Caroline Klarr received her Ph.D. from Florida State University. She has published the areas of Hawaiian Body Ornament in Hula and the Fijian frescoes by Jean Charlot. Her current research focuses on Jean Charlot’s Public Art works in Hawai’i.

Katrina Klaasmeyer earned her Masters in Art History from the University of Oregon, with her thesis “Capitalist Realism: The Work of Gerhard Richter, Sigmar Polke and Konrad Lueg, 1962-67.” She curated an exhibition on the Japanese tradition of manga as it relates to war and romance comics of the 1940s-50s at the Jordan Schnitzer Museum of Art.

Dr. Juliana Kreinik has taught the History of Photography at SUNY, New Paltz and Pace University, and lectured on German art of the Weimar era. She received her Ph.D. from New York University’s Institute of Fine Arts, where she wrote her dissertation on New Objectivity in German painting and photography of the 1920s.

Dr. Lara Kuykendall is Assistant Professor of Art History at Ball State University in Muncie, Indiana. She holds a Ph.D. in American art from the University of Kansas and her research examines ways in which American artists of the 1930s and 1940s used heroic imagery to understand and critique the changing social and political fabric of the United States.

Chad Laird has taught in the History of Art Department at the Fashion Institute of Technology since 2005. He received his M.A. in Art History and Criticism from Stony Brook University in 2000, and now concentrates on filmmaking, music and sound art.

Julia Langley received an M.A. in ancient Greek art history from the University of California, Los Angeles. She also completed the graduate program in Museum Studies at the George Washington University with a study of the war memorials on the National Mall.

Perrin Lathrop is a PhD student in African Art History at Princeton University. Her research broadly focuses on the development of modernism in Africa, with a special interest in Nigeria. She holds a BA from New York University and an MA in the History of Art from the Courtauld Institute of Art, London.

Dr. Ayla Lepine specializes in British nineteenth-century art and architectural history. Prior to obtaining her Ph.D. at The Courtauld Institute of Art in 2011, she studied art history and theology at the University of Victoria and Oxford University. Her thesis focused on intersections between the Gothic Revival and Anglicanism and Oxford and Cambridge, and she continues to be interested in Anglican visual culture.

Mary Beth Looney holds an MFA in Painting from the Savannah College of Art and Design and an MA in Art History from the University of Georgia.  She has worked as an assistant curator, a registrar and a professor of studio art and art history.  Her current research focus is the development of American modernism in the 1930s, and she is authoring a college-level game on the topic.

Dana Martin received her Master’s in art history from Long Beach State University in 2012. Her original thesis focused on the theme of heroic death as it changed through time and medium by exploring the works of the American artists Benjamin West, John Trumbull, and Alexander Gardner. She currently teaches art history and humanities courses at several college campuses in the southern California area.

Dr. Anne McClanan teaches western and Byzantine medieval art as well as art history methodology as a Professor at Portland State University in Oregon. She published a book analyzing Byzantine empresses and edited an anthology on Iconoclasm (published as well in Chinese translation) and another anthology on the material culture of sex, procreation and marriage.

Dr. Claire Black McCoy is the William B. and Sue Marie Turner Distinguished Faculty Chair in Art History at Columbus State University. She was previously Associate Professor of Art History at Longwood University in Virginia, where she received the Maria Bristow Starke Faculty Excellence Award for outstanding teaching and research and served as Director of General Education. Dr. McCoy received her Ph.D. from Virginia Commonwealth University and specializes in nineteenth-century interpretations of Renaissance artists and their impact on the reception and criticism of sculpture in France.

Dr. Jennifer N. McIntire teaches art history part-time at the University of Massachusetts, Dartmouth. She received her Ph.D. from Princeton University in Far Eastern Art History. Making Chinese art accessible and understandable to a wide variety of people is a primary interest.

Jp McMahon is a Ph.D. candidate in Art History at University College Cork, Ireland. He currently teaches and is academic coordinator on the diploma in European Art History in the Adult Education department of the same university. He received his BA (with distinction) in Art History and English in 2005. He has published a number of essay on American art since 1945.

Elizabeth Kurtulik Mercuri is a graduate student at CUNY, The Graduate Center. Her academic interests include Roman art and architecture of the Late Republic and Early Imperial era. She also works at Art Resource, Inc. assisting scholars and professionals with image licensing and research.

Dr. Elizabeth Merrill holds a PhD in art and architectural history from the University of Virginia. She specializes in Italian Renaissance architecture, with a particular focus on the early-modern design and building processes. Her most recent work addresses the role of the architect in the early-modern period and the development of the architectural profession.

Jeremy Miller has taught art history at the Fashion Institute of Design and Merchandising in San Francisco since 2006. He received his MA in Art History from San Francisco State University in 2007, with an emphasis on Venetian Art.

Olivia Miller received her M.A. in Art History from the University of Oregon with a focus on the Spanish royal hunting portrait tradition. She is currently an art history Ph.D. student and the Curator of Exhibitions and Education at the University of Arizona Museum of Art. Prior to her position at UAMA she taught art history at both the high school and college level and worked at multiple non-profit arts organizations in both Oregon and Arizona.

Shadieh Mirmobiny is an adjunct Professor of art history at Folsom Lake College; she also teaches at Sierra College and American River Colleges, where she teaches Western and non-Western art history survey courses. Her field of interest and focus of study is critical theory in art history.

Juliet Moss received her MA in art history from California State University, Northridge where she also teaches non-Western art history of Africa, Oceania, and the Americas. Her work focuses on contemporary African art.

Dr. Jaclyn Neel earned her PhD in Classics and Ancient History from the University of Toronto and now enjoys teaching at York University. She has written several articles on Roman myth and religion, and her first book, “Legendary Rivals”, was recently published by Brill. She also provides guidance to people taking their first steps in advanced research through her blog (libraryofantiquity.wordpress.com).

Erika Nelson has an MA in Art History from Brooklyn College, and is a doctoral student in Art History at The Graduate Center, CUNY. Her area of specialization is modern and contemporary Latin American Art, with a particular interest in 19th-century Mexican popular prints. Erika currently teaches at Montclair State University in New Jersey.

Melisa Palermo is a Ph.D. candidate in art history at Rice University. She received her Masters in art history from the University of Texas at San Antonio as well as from Rice University. Melisa’s primary interest is the relationship between Baroque sacred art and theology, spirituality, and mysticism. Her dissertation focuses on the iconography of the heart aflame as a symbol of the virtue of charity, divine union, and the Sacred Heart of Jesus in art from 1550-1750.

Dr. Noelle C. Paulson, a specialist in nineteenth-century European art history, received her MA and Ph.D .degrees from Washington University in St. Louis. Since moving to Switzerland at the end of 2009, she has been an independent art historian, researcher, and freelance writer for museums in Italy, the Netherlands, Switzerland, Canada, and the U.S.

Isaac Peterson is an artist, a writer, and a teacher. His writing is published primarily in Flash Art magazine. In his studio work, he focuses on drawing and animation, but constantly returns to oil painting.

Dr. Andreas Petzold was educated at Manchester University and the Courtauld Institute of Art where he obtained a Ph.D. for a study of color in Romanesque manuscript illumination. He was a curator at the Victoria and Albert Museum, where he specialized in Medieval and Renaissance art. He is the author of Romanesque art in the Everyman Art Series. He currently teaches at MPW London and is an Associate Lecturer for the Open University. He is currently working on a study of the iconography of color in Medieval art due for publication in 2016.

Dianne Pierce is part-time faculty at the State University of New York at New Paltz teaching history of decorative arts, modern design, museum studies, and architecture of New York City. In addition, Dianne is part-time faculty at Parsons The New School for Design in New York, teaching the history of decorative arts and other courses.

Ben Pollitt studied Art History and English Literature at Edinburgh University. He teaches Art History at Fine Arts College in Hampstead and Ashbourne College in Kensington. He is an A Level examiner in the subject.

Dr. Chloe Portugeis received a Ph.D. from Yale University in 2014 where she specialized in Victorian art. She has presented papers at CUNY and Vanderbilt University and worked as a research assistant at the Yale Center for British Art and as an intern for Venice Guggenheim and the de Young Museum in San Francisco.

Dr. Matthew Postal is a historian of 20th-century architecture and urbanism. A graduate of Vassar College and New York University’s Institute of Fine Arts, he earned his Ph.D. at the Graduate Center of City University in 1998, where his dissertation examined the relationship between Modernism, museums, and the media.

Dr. Shannon Pritchard is Assistant Professor of Art History at the University of Southern Indiana in Evansville, Indiana. She received both her Master’s Degree and Ph.D. from the University of Georgia. Continued areas of research include broader issues of the paragone in late sixteenth-century Florence, Caravaggio and his use of prints, and Giambologna’s role within the Accademia del Disegno in Florence.

Stephanie Roberts received her Masters degree from the Courtauld Institute of Art, London. Her research interests include 19th century British Art, the History of Art in Wales, and Tudor and Stuart portraiture.

Shawn Roggenkamp received her Masters in History of Art from the Courtauld Institute of Art, London in 2012. She specializes in early Twentieth Century German art and culture with a focus on emigre artists and their influence, particularly on American Post-War art, and cross-disciplinary development between the visual and performing arts.

Rachel S. Ropeik is a museum adventurer currently serving as the Manager of Public Engagement at the Solomon R. Guggenheim Museum in New York.  She is dedicated to making art and art museums feel accessible to everyone, and helps make museum visits feel like fun, exciting experiences.  Academically, she is a 19th century specialist particularly interested in the intersection of art and costume histories. She received her MA in Art History from the Courtauld Institute of Art in London, where she examined 19th century masculinity and 20th century gender theory, and her BA in Art History and French from Wellesley College.

Josh Rose earned an MA in Art History from the University of North Texas in 2003. In the years since, he has worked in museum education at the Nasher Sculpture Center and Dallas Museum of Art, and currently serves as Faculty of Art Appreciation and Art History at El Centro College. His areas of research interest include Surrealism and Surrealist photography, and the history and culture of comic books and graphic novels.

Tina Rivers Ryan is an art historian specializing in modern and contemporary art, with a focus on new media. She received her BA from Harvard University and her PhD in art history from Columbia University. Her writing has been included in publications such as Art Journal, Artforum, and Art in America, as well as in several museum catalogs and scholarly books. She currently works in the Department of Modern and Contemporary Art at the Metropolitan Museum of Art in New York.

Dr. Jordana Moore Saggese is an assistant professor of Visual Studies, and affiliated faculty in the Graduate Program in Visual and Critical Studies at California College of the Arts. Trained as an art historian, her work focuses on modern and contemporary art with an emphasis on the expressions and theorizations of blackness.

Dr. Wendy Schaller is an Associate Professor of Art History at Ashland University. She earned her BA from the University of Tennessee and both her MA and Ph.D. in art history from the Ohio State University. Her research focuses primarily on portraits of children and the subject of death, grief and consolation in the seventeenth-century Netherlands.

Karen Schifman is an Art Historian who focuses particularly on women artists and the representation of women in visual culture. She received her MA from California State University, Northridge.

Dr. Cristin McKnight Sethi earned her M.A. from the University of Texas at Austin and her Ph.D. from the University of California, Berkeley. Her research examines South Asian art of the early modern to contemporary periods with a particular focus on the production and circulation of textiles and craft. She has held curatorial and research positions at a number of museums including the Los Angeles County Museum of Art, the Philadelphia Museum of Art, and the Museum of International Folk Art in Santa Fe, New Mexico. She is currently Assistant Professor of Art History at the George Washington University.

Danielle Shang is a Los Angeles-based curator, writer, and art historian. Her research interests include artistic and intellectual developments in contemporary art history in Asia. Her recent focus is on the impact of globalization, urban renewal, social change, and class restructuring on art-making in China, where artists participate in the decentralized informal economy to produce works to be disseminated in the institutionalized formal system of the global art world. She received her M. A. in East Asian Studies from UCLA.

Dr. Karen Shelby is an Assistant Professor of Art History at Baruch College, The City University of New York. Her research focuses on the visual culture of Flemish nationalism in the Great War. Her book, Flemish Nationalism and the Great War: The Politics of Memory, Visual Culture and Commemoration, will be published in spring 2014.

Hung Sheng is currently a PhD candidate in the Department of Visual Studies at Lingnan University, Hong Kong. Her research interests are the history and aesthetics of twentieth century Chinese and Hong Kong art as well as art education in different settings. She received a BA (Hons) (2011) and MPhil in Visual Studies (2013) at Lingnan University. Her MPhil focused on the art of Irene Chou as a case study of Hong Kong Ink Painting.

Dr. Yoko Hsueh Shirai received her PhD in Japanese Art from UCLA, and enjoys living and teaching Asian art in Los Angeles. She has taught at UCLA, Otis College of Art & Design, USC, and Occidental College. She remains grateful to Japan Foundation for awarding her a doctoral fellowship to study Buddhist statuary excavated from the ruins of temples dating to the 7th and 8th centuries C.E., and especially her host institution, Nara kenritsu Kashihara Kokogaku Kenkyujo (Nara prefectural Archaeological Institute of Kashihara). What she learned from that experience, in addition to the contacts she made, serve as the basis of her publications on Early Japan.

Dr. Malka Simon holds a PhD from the Institute of Fine Arts, NYU in art history. She specializes in 19th- and 20th-century architecture and urban development of the United States, with a particular focus on New York City. Her most recent work addresses the role of industrial architecture in shaping urban landscapes.  She is a Lecturer in the Art Department at Brooklyn College.

Valerie Spanswick earned her BA in art history from the University of Washington in Seattle, which included studying both Classic and Baroque art and architecture in Rome. She lived in Great Britain for 10 years, and while there earned her MA in the history of art from the University of York with a focus on 18th and 19th century British art and architecture.

Richard Spanswick has an MA in Visual Arts in Contemporary Culture from Keele University, Great Britain. For more than 25 years he has been a producer, director, writer, and cameraman with a focus on training/corporate video.

Dr. Virginia B. Spivey is an art writer specializing in late 20th and 21st century art history and theory. She holds degrees in art history from Case Western Reserve University (M.A., Ph.D.). Now based in Washington D.C., she develops art history educational materials in addition to her scholarly work, which is currently focused on the relationship of performance to contemporary craft production.

Gioia Stevens is Special Collections Cataloger at New York University Libraries. She received a Master of Library and Information Science from Pratt Institute and she is currently completing her Master of Liberal Studies degree in digital humanities at the Graduate Center of the City University of New York.

Greg Stuart is the Public Programs and Outreach Manager at the Samek Art Museum, part of Bucknell University. He received an MA in Art History from the School of the Art Institute of Chicago. His research interests include globalism in historic and contemporary art from West Africa.

Dr. Robert Summers received his Ph.D. in Art History at UCLA. Currently he is a lecturer at Otis College of Art, where he received the Excellence in Teaching award (2010-2011), and he is a Research Associate at UCLA’s Center for the Study of Women (2010-2011). He has published papers in anthologies, such as Dead History, Live Art and Art & Shame, and academic journals.

Dr. Laurel Taylor received her Ph.D. in the Art and Archaeology of the Mediterranean World from the University of Pennsylvania (2001) and teaches in the Departments of Art and Classics at the University of North Carolina Asheville. Her research interests have focused on funerary art and ritual in ancient Italy and exploring the social meaning of death through Etruscan and Roman visual culture. Her current archaeological fieldwork is at the Etruscan and Roman site of Cetamura del Chianti, Italy.

Rebecca Taylor has more than a decade of experience in arts communications, having led communications campaigns & initiatives at several world-renowned museums (MoMA PS1, the Getty, and MOCA), before joining FITZ & CO, a strategic communications and marketing firm specializing in contemporary art and culture. She received an M.A. in Modern Art, Connoisseurship and the Art Market from Christie’s, New York.

Dr. Susanna Throop studies the cultural intersection of religion, violence, ideology, and emotion in twelfth and thirteenth century Europe, especially in the context of the crusading movement. She holds a Ph.D. in History from the University of Cambridge, where she was a Gates Cambridge Scholar. Previously she earned an M.A. as a Mellon Fellow at the University of Toronto and a B.A at Cornell University. Currently she is an Assistant Professor of History at Ursinus College.

Victoria Valdes is studying at the University of Virginia as a candidate for the Ph.D. in the History of Art and Architecture. She works primarily with early medieval manuscripts, specializing in the Ottonian period.

Dr. Fanny Wonu Veys received her PhD in the anthropology of material culture at the University of East Anglia, Norwich (UK), and completed post-doctoral research at the Metropolitan Museum of Art, New York (USA) and the Musée du quai Branly, Paris (France). She is currently curator Oceania at the National Museum of World Cultures (Tropenmuseum, Afrika Museum and Museum Volkenkunde) in the Netherlands. She is an affiliated researcher in an Australian Research Council photographic project and a European Research Council focusing on Oceanian collecting histories. Wonu’s research interests are Pacific art and material culture, museums and cultures of collecting, Pacific musical instruments, Pacific textiles, and the significance of historical objects in a contemporary setting.

Rachel Warriner is currently a Ph.D. candidate in the Art History Department at University College Cork, Ireland. Her research focuses on post-war feminist practice. She received a BA (Hons) in Theatre from Dartington College of Art, Devon, UK in 2002 and has since been co-editor of DEFAULT magazine, and has published a number of papers and reviews on post war art and performance.

Jessica Watson received her BA in Art History and Museum Studies from Smith College and her MA in Art History from the École du Louvre in Paris, where she worked on propagandist photomontages in the USSR. She is particularly interested in the art of Russian and Soviet artists during the first half of the 20th century in modeling a utopic vision of society in a very specific political climate.

Charles Wiebe has been a visual arts professional for over thirty years. He has served as curator, art gallery director, educator, author and editor.  He earned a BA in Printmaking from West Virginia University and an MA in the History of Art & Architecture from the Pennsylvania State University; with dissertation and thesis research on American and Italian Renaissance architecture. He has lectured in art history at the University of Pittsburgh as well as Point Park University; currently teaching the history of architecture and modern art at the Art Institute of Pittsburgh.  He also serves as Subject Matter Expert on Art, in charge of revising course content on the Humanities Faculty of the University of Phoenix, where for the past ten years he has also taught film studies; since 2009 he has contributed over 200 online articles on film related topics. From 1980 to 2002 he directed three different Pittsburgh area art galleries; curating several hundred exhibitions and publishing various catalogues on contemporary art. He is also recognized as an authority on Japanese woodblock prints.

Kendra Weisbin has a Master’s degree in Art History from the University of Massachusetts, Amherst, with a concentration in Islamic Art and Architecture. Kendra specializes in writing and editing interpretive and educational materials on Islamic art. Her most recent projects include an educator’s resource guide to the Islamic collections at the Metropolitan Museum of Art, and a visitor’s walking guide to the same collection, both co-authored with curators from that department.

Dr. Kathryn Wolford received a Ph.D. in History from Claremont Graduate University in 2012. Her research and teaching interests concern the symbiotic relationships between the Protestant Reformation, the Scientific Revolution, and the political revolutions within Europe and the wider Atlantic world during the sixteenth and seventeenth centuries. She is a reader at the Huntington Library and has taught at the University of California, Riverside, and Harvey Mudd College.

Louisa Woodville teaches at George Mason University where she specializes in medieval and Renaissance art history, focusing in the social, economic and political context in which artists created works. After receiving an M.A. in Renaissance Studies from the University of Virginia and an M.B.A. from the Stern School of Business at New York University, Professor Woodville worked at the Metropolitan Museum in New York and the painting department at the Manhattan auction house William Doyle Galleries.

Christine Zappella is a doctoral student in Art History at the University of Chicago and holds Master’s degrees in both Art History from CUNY Hunter College and Teaching (Math Concentration) from Pace University. Christine focuses on sixteenth century Italian painting and is especially interested in the transfer and manifestation of style, the appropriation and transformation of the classical world, and the historiography of Mannerism.