Ph.D. Dissertations

Dissertations in Progress


Lynch, Ashleigh, "Fantasy Exchanges: Recent Visual Culture in the DRC"
Dissertation Advisor: Sylvester Okwunodu Ogbechie

Architectural History/Historic Preservation

Chase, Mallorie, "Unruly Urbanism: Popular Interventions and Modernity in Lisbon, 1928-74"
Dissertation Advisor: Swati Chattopadhyay

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

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

Schultz, Alexandra, "Water, Infrastructure and Claiming Public Space in Egypt: 1870-1914"
Dissertation Advisor: Nuha N. N. Khoury

Art of the United States

Alexander, Aleesa Pitchamarn, "Unaccountable Modernisms: The Black Arts of Post-Civil Rights Alabama"
Dissertation Advisor: Jenni Sorkin

Badgett, Virginia Reynolds, "Robert Henri's Women: Art, Individuality and Influence"
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

Lieberman, Shannon, "Alongside, Outside, Within, Against: Feminist Art and the American Museum, 1965-2007"
Dissertation Advisor: Laurie Monahan

Early Modern Art

Bell, Margaret, "Healing Walls: Visualizing Bodily and Social Care in the Pellegrinaio Frescoes of the Hospital of Santa Maria della Scala in Siena"
Dissertation Advisor: Robert Williams

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

Faust, Marta, "'Was Sichst Du?​': The Instrumentation of Sight in Early Modern Visual Anomalies"
Dissertation Advisor: Mark A. Meadow

Gilmore, Shannon Emily, "Sites of Resistance: The Popular Piety of Fifteenth-Century Miraculous Image Cults in Tuscany"
Dissertation Advisor: Robert Williams

McCabe, Sophia Quach, "Hans Rottenhammer in Venice: Networking in Style between Italy and Germany"
Dissertation Advisor: Robert Williams

Meerendonk, Suzanne van de, "Public displays of affection. Negotiating power and identity in ceremonial receptions in Amsterdam 1580-1660"
Dissertation Advisor: Ann Jensen Adams

Travers, Erin, "Boundaries of the Body: The Art of Anatomy in the Seventeenth-Century Netherlands"
Dissertation Advisor: Ann Jensen Adams

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

Eighteenth Century Art

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

Twentieth-Century Art

Gore, Holly, "Reinventing Work: Modernist Wood and Skilled Trade, 1940-1970"
Dissertation Advisor: Jenni Sorkin

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


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

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

Wencheng Yan
Writing Modernity: Constructing a History of Chinese Architecture, 1920-1949
Dissertation Advisor: 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


Matthew H. Fisk
Paradox of Elitism: Vision, Risk, and Diplomacy in the European Career of Colonel John Trumbull (1756-1843)
Faculty Chair: E. Bruce Robertson

Michelle V. Packer
"Aenschouwer, siet how alle dingh verkeeret!": Envisioning Change in the Seventeeth-Century Dutch Cityscape
Dissertation Advisor: Ann Jensen Adams

Katherine Kaford Papineau
Displaying Domesticity: Life in the Mid-Twentieth Century Glass House
Faculty Chair: Volker M. Welter

Helen Taschian
Naturalism and Libertinism in Seventeenth Century Italian Painting
Faculty Chair: Robert Williams

Lisa Volpe
On Display: American Photography at Three Nineteenth-Century World's Fairs
Faculty Chair: E. Bruce Robertson


Jackson Dodge
The Place of the Sublime in American Art from Thomas Cole to Robert Smithson
Faculty Chair: Robert Williams

Catherine Newman Howe
Average Joes and Mean Girls: The Representation and Transformation of the Average American, 1890-1945
Faculty Chair: E. Bruce Robertson

Charles Peterson
Beautiful Painted Lies: Deception and Illusionistic Painting in the Seventeenth Century
Faculty Chair: Ann Jensen Adams

Noa Turel
Life to Likeness: Painting and Spectacle au vif in the Burgundian State
Faculty Chair: Mark A. Meadow

History of Art & Architecture Ph.D. Dissertations 2011 - 1972

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