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Graduate Students

Aleesa Pitchamarn Alexander
  • Graduate Student

Areas of Concentration: Outsider and folk art, African American art, institutional and museum history, and visual culture
Faculty Advisor: Jenni Sorkin
Committee Members: E. Bruce Robertson, Bridget Cooks (African American Studies, UC Irvine)
Dissertation: "Unaccountable Modernisms: The Black Arts of Post-Civil Rights Alabama"
M.A. Thesis: "How to Produce a Fantasy World: Henry Darger and American Hobby Culture," completed 2012

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: "Art from Life and Individuals: Individuality at Work in Robert Henri's Portraiture"
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, the intersections of gender and consumer culture
Faculty Advisor: E. Bruce Robertson
Committee Member: Laurie Monahan
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

Mallory Baskett
  • Graduate Student

Areas of Concentration: African, African Diaspora and African American art, museum and exhibition histories
Faculty Advisor: Sylvester Okwunodu Ogbechie
M.A. Thesis: "Readjustments: Kupka’s Return to Painting in Peacetime" (Indiana University, Bloomington, completed 2014)

Margaret Bell
  • Graduate Student

Area of Concentration: Southern Renaissance
Faculty Advisor: Robert Williams
Committee Members: Mark A. Meadow, Christine Thomas (Religious Studies, UCSB)
Dissertation: "Healing Walls: Visualizing Bodily and Social Care in the Pellegrinaio Frescoes of the Hospital of Santa Maria della Scala in Siena"
M.A. Thesis: "Through the Crystal Veil: Devotional Discipline and the Ambivalence of the Material Image on the Sacro Monte di Varallo," completed 2012

Jing Cao
  • Graduate Student

Areas of Concentration: Contemporary Chinese art, Chinese aesthetics, Chinese literati painting and calligraphy
Faculty Advisor: Peter Sturman

Mallorie Chase
  • Graduate Student

Areas of Concentration: Postcolonial urbanism, modern and contemporary architecture, visual cultures of the Lusophone world
Faculty Advisor: Swati Chattopadhyay
Committee Members: Richard Wittman, Nuha N. N. Khoury, Ellen W. Sapega (Spanish and Portuguese, UW-Madison)
Dissertation: "Unruly Urbanism: Popular Interventions and Modernity in Lisbon, 1928-74"
M.A. Thesis: "The Space of the Surface: Ceramic Tile Architecture in the Lisbon Metro" (Architectural History, Savannah College of Art and Design, completed 2011)

Leticia Cobra Lima
  • Graduate Student

Areas of Concentration: Contemporary art, Women artists
Faculty Advisor: Jenni Sorkin

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: Robert Williams
Committee Members: Mark A. Meadow, 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)

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

Samira Fathi
  • Graduate Student

Areas of Concentration: Iranian Architecture, Nineteenth-century Iranian Urbanism
Faculty Advisor: Nuha N. N. Khoury
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)

Marta Faust
  • Graduate Student

Areas of Concentration: Visual art in early modern Northern Europe, historical techniques of print, the study of collecting, and the historiography of art history
Faculty Advisor: Mark A. Meadow
Committee Members: Ann Jensen Adams, Jeanette Favrot Peterson
Dissertation: "'Was sichst Du?': The Instrumentation of Sight in Early Modern Visual Anomalies"
M.A. Thesis: "Aspects of Copying: An Historiographic Investigation of the Engravings of Israhel van Meckenem," (Hunter College of the City University of New York, completed 2008)

Shannon Emily Gilmore
  • Graduate Student

Areas of Concentration: Italian Renaissance popular piety, female viewership, and the creation of sacred space through ritual
Faculty Advisor: Robert Williams
Committee Members: Claudia Moser, Elizabeth DePalma Digeser (History, UCSB), Christine Thomas (Religious Studies, UCSB)
Dissertation: "Sites of Resistance: The Popular Piety of Fifteenth-Century Miraculous Image Cults in Tuscany"
M.A. Thesis: "A Franciscan Legacy: Benozzo Gozzoli’s Frescoes in the Choir Chapel of San Francesco in Montefalco" (Syracuse University in Florence, Italy, completed 2009)

Sophia Gimenez
  • Graduate Student

Areas of Concentration: Feminist Theory, Contemporary Art, Critical Theory, European 20th-century Art, and Visual Culture
Faculty Advisor: Laurie Monahan

Melina Gooray
  • Graduate Student

Areas of Concentration: Racial and ethnic spatial boundaries in Guyana, South America
Faculty Advisor: Swati Chattopadhyay

Holly Gore
  • Graduate Student

Areas of Concentration: Modern and contemporary art, American craft, design, and museum and exhibition histories
Faculty Advisor: Jenni Sorkin
Committee Members: E. Bruce Robertson, Swati Chattopadhyay
Dissertation: "Aspirational Structures: Institutional Building in Wood, 1943-1969"
M.A. Thesis: "Organic Form in the Functional Woodworks of Wharton Esherick" (Stanford University, completed 2013)

Benjamin Jameson-Ellsmore
  • Graduate Student

Areas of Concentration: History of modern architecture, protest movements and counterinsurgency
Faculty Advisor: Volker M. Welter
M.A. Thesis: "Pseudo-Public: Public Spaces as Self-Contradictory Enclosures" (California State University, Stanislaus, completed 2016)

Hannah Kagan-Moore
  • Graduate Student

Areas of Concentration: Role of monstrosity and Otherness in sixteenth-century global context, 16th-century Spanish collecting, objects of cultural patrimony in Early Modern Europe, cartography as a mode of knowledge and power production
Faculty Advisor: Mark A. Meadow
M.A. Thesis: "White Christian European Identity, Monstrosity and Morality in Bosch's 1482 Vienna Last Judgment" (UC-Davis, completed 2015)

Shannon Lieberman
  • Graduate Student

Areas of Concentration: 20th-century American art, Feminist and Performance Art
Faculty Advisor: Laurie Monahan
Committee Members: Jenni Sorkin, E. Bruce Robertson
Dissertation: "Alongside, Outside, Within, Against: Feminist Art and the American Museum, 1965-2007"
M.A. Thesis: "A Way and A Means: Ritual, Performativity, and Identity in Ana Mendieta’s Silueta Series" (San Diego State University, completed 2008)

Matthew Limb
  • Graduate Student

Areas of Concentration: Modern and contemporary craft and design, queer visual culture, and identity politics
Faculty Advisor: Jenni Sorkin
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: Chinese painting and calligraphy
Faculty Advisor: Peter Sturman
M.A. Thesis: "Criticism and Appreciation: Yue Ke’s Calligraphy Collection in Southern Song" (National Taiwan University, completed 2013)

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: Recent Visual Culture in the DRC"
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 Art
Faculty Advisor: Ann Jensen Adams
M.A. Thesis: "Ordered Disorder: Dutch Painting of the Topsy-Turvy World" (Institute of Fine Arts at New York University, completed 2013)

Sophia Quach McCabe
  • Graduate Student

Areas of Concentration: Late Renaissance/Early Baroque, Cultural Exchange, Networks
Faculty Advisor: Robert Williams
Committee Members: Mark A. Meadow, E. Bruce Robertson, Michael North (University of Greifswald, Germany)
Dissertation: "Hans Rottenhammer in Venice: Networking in Style between Italy and Germany"
M.A. Thesis: "Caught Between the Folds: An Intertextual and Intervisual Engagement with Pieter Bruegel the Elder’s Religious Paintings" (Temple University, completed 2010)

Mary McGuire
  • Graduate Student

Areas of Concentration: Contemporary Art and Photography
Faculty Advisor: Laurie Monahan
Committee Members: Jenni Sorkin, E. Bruce Robertson
Dissertation: "Theological Avant-Garde: The Arts Program at the Judson Memorial Church, 1958-1968"
M.A. Thesis: "The Preservation of Marcel Duchamp's Institutional Critique," completed 2009

Suzanne van de Meerendonk
  • Graduate Student

Areas of Concentration: 17th-century Dutch art and architecture
Faculty Advisor: Ann Jensen Adams
Committee Members: Mark A. Meadow, Richard Wittman
Dissertation: "Public displays of affection. Negotiating power and identity in ceremonial receptions in Amsterdam 1580-1660"
M.A. Thesis: "'Nassouwen komt het Y verlichten'. Vertoningen van Jan Vos bij het bezoek van Amalia van Solms en haar dochters aan Amsterdam in 1659" (University of Amsterdam, completed 2008)

Henning von Mirbach
  • Graduate Student

Areas of Concentration: Chinese and East Asian painting
Faculty Advisor: Peter Sturman
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)

Sara Morris
  • Graduate Student

Areas of Concentration: Modern and contemporary craft
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)

Anna Myjak-Pycia
  • Graduate Student

Areas of Concentration: 20th-century architecture, the history of domestic interior in North America and Europe, photography
Faculty Advisor: Swati Chattopadhyay
Committee Members: E. Bruce Robertson, Richard Wittman
Dissertation: "Another Modernism: Home Economics and the Conception of Domestic Space in the US, 1900-1960"
M.A. Thesis: "Howard Hodgkin’s Paintings from the Late 1970s until 2003" (Tufts University, completed 2004)

Mary Okin
  • Graduate Student

Area of Concentration: American art
Faculty Advisor: E. Bruce Robertson
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)

A. Colin Raymond
  • Graduate Student

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

Lilit Sadoyan
  • Graduate Student

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

Betty Schlothan
  • Graduate Student

Area of Concentration: Northern Renaissance
Faculty Advisor: Mark A. Meadow
M.A. Thesis: "Intriguing Relationships: An Exploration of Early Modern German Prints of Relic Displays and Reliquaries" (UC Riverside, completed 2013)

Alexandra Schultz
  • Graduate Student

Areas of Concentration: Architecture and Urbanism of the Middle East
Faculty Advisor: Nuha N. N. Khoury
Committee Members: Swati Chattopadhyay (2nd chair), Paul Amar (Global Studies, UCSB), Michael Provence (History, UC San Diego)
Dissertaton: "Water, Infrastructure and Claiming Public Space in Egypt: 1870-1914"
M.A. Thesis: "Visual Signs of Islam in France: Kufic Inscriptions at Notre Dame, Le Puy" (University of Illinois at Urbana-Champaign, completed 2009)

Thuy N. D. Tran
  • Graduate Student

Areas of Concentration: Contemporary Art; Postcolonial Cultural Theory; Institutional Critique, Curatorial Practices, Museology
Faculty Advisors: Laurie Monahan and E. Bruce Robertson

Erin Travers
  • Graduate Student

Area of Concentration: Seventeenth-century Dutch Art
Faculty Advisor: Ann Jensen Adams
Committee Members: Mark A. Meadow, Lyle Massey (Art History, UC Irvine)
Dissertation: "Boundaries of the Body: The Art of Anatomy in the Seventeenth-Century Netherlands"
M.A. Thesis: "The tip of the tongue, the teeth, the lips: the etiquette of smiling in Anthony van Dyck’s and Frans Hals portraits" (Queen's University, Kingston, Ontario, completed 2011)

Rachel Winter
  • Graduate Student

Areas of Concentration: Contemporary Middle Eastern Art; Museum History, Theory, and Display; Global Contemporary; Cultural Exchange
Faculty Advisor: Nuha N. N. Khoury
M.A. Thesis: "Out of the Periphery: Identity and Protest Art Amidst Alternative Revolutions" (Islamic & Middle Eastern Studies, University of Iowa, completed 2017)

Diva Zumaya
  • Graduate Student

Area of Concentration: Seventeenth-century Dutch painting
Faculty Advisor: Ann Jensen Adams
Committee Members: Mark A. Meadow, Ann Taves (Religious Studies, UCSB)
Dissertation: "Clandestine Devotion, Spiritual Reformation and Community Perseverance in Seventeenth-Century Dutch Catholic Visual Culture"
M.A. Thesis: "Queen Catherine of Braganza as St. Catherine: Picturing Piety and Female Agency at the Restoration Court," completed 2012