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Mira Rai Waits (Ph.D. 2014) has authored the essay, "The Prison as Tourist Site Link opens an external site," on PLATFORM Link opens an external site, April 15, 2024.

Amara Solari (Ph.D. 2007), Professor of Art History and Anthropology at Pennsylvania State University, has received a Guggenheim Foundation Award Link opens an external site.

Sarah Bane (Ph.D 2022) was recently hired as the Assistant Curator of Prints and Drawings at the Blanton Museum, University of Texas, Austin. She began in April 2024 after completing her position as the Hoehn Curatorial Fellow for Prints at the University of San Diego..

Ben Jameson-Ellsmore (Ph.D 2023) recently authored the essay, "Settling in the Scars of the City Link opens an external site," on PLATFORM Link opens an external site, October 30, 2023.

Diva Zumaya (Ph.D 2018), recently opened her exhibition The World Made Wondrous: The Dutch Collector's Cabinet and the Politics of Possession (Sep 17 2023 - Mar 3 2024) at LACMA. The exhibition won grants from the Gladys Krieble Delmas Foundation, the French American Museum Exchange (FRAME), and The Kenneth T. and Eileen L. Norris Foundation. For the exhibition, she and her team at LACMA produced an audio guide that received a National Endowment for the Humanities (NEH) Digital Humanities Grant. The exhibition is accompanied by a publication, written by Dr. Zumaya, which consists of five essays and thirty-five catalogue entries.

Matthew Limb (Ph.D 2023), participated in a virtual discussion "The Hotter and Gayer Narrative in Ceramics Link opens an external site" with Beth Ann Gerstein and Pam Aliaga, co-curators of the exhibition Making in Between: Queer Clay Link opens an external site at the American Museum of Ceramic Art. “The Hotterand Gayer Narrative in Ceramics” furthers the dialogue on queer ceramics history and delves deeper into Making in Between: Queer Clay, the second exhibition in AMOCA’s “Making in Between” series. Matthew wrote the introductory essay for the Queer Clay catalog, defining identity in ceramics and explaining how it fundamentally evades the limitations of categorization. Through this Zoom event, Matthew explores how queer identity plays a role in the clay community.

Sophia Quach McCabe (Ph.D. 2019) published “Courtly Splendor and Confessionalization: Hans Rottenhammer and the Transcultural Style” in Ekphrasis und Residenz – Höfische Kultur und das Medium des Reiseberichts im Zeitalter der Konfessionalisierung um 1600 Link opens an external site, eds. M. Wenzel, W. Augustyn, A. Tacke (Petersberg, Germany: Michael Imhof Verlag, 2023), pp. 147–158; and “Renaissance Techniques and Contemporary Experimentations,” in Harmonia Rosales: Master Narrative Link opens an external site, ed. R. Garrett (Memphis; London: Memphis Brooks Museum of Art; Paul Holberton Publishing, 2023), pp. 27–30; in May, she was invited to present at University of Chicago's Black Baroque Project Visiting Artist Interviews event, "Artist Harmonia Rosales in Conversation with Sophia Q. McCabe, PhD" Link opens an external site; in April, she gave a guest lecture at Austin Peay State University about Rosales's works; as guest curator, Sophia organized Sandy Rodriguez—Unfolding Histories: 200 Years of Resistance Link opens in a new window and On Famous Women, 1400–1700 Link opens in a new window, in collaboration with the Art, Design & Architecture Museum.

Emily J. Peters (Ph.D 2005), Curator of Prints and Drawings, Cleveland Museum of Art, published, as lead author and co-editor, with Laura Ritter, Tales of the City: Drawing in the Netherlands from Bosch to Bruegel (Cleveland Museum of Art/Yale University Press, 2022) in collaboration with the Albertina Museum, Vienna and the exhibition of the same name in Cleveland (Fall 2022), and in Vienna (Winter 2023), under the title Bruegel und Seine Zeit.

Yun-chen Lu (Ph.D. 2022) has been an assistant professor at the Department of History of Art and Architecture at DePaul University since July 2022. She has been awarded a 2023-25 DePaul Humanity Center Fellowship and 2023 Henry Luce Foundation/ACLS Program in China Studies Early Career Fellowship in support of her book project "Paths to Artistic Eccentricity: Artists with Disabilities and Their Art in Eighteenth-Century Yangzhou."

Patricia Lee Daigle (Ph.D. 2015), Associate Curator of Modern and Contemporary Art at the Memphis Brooks Museum of Art, curated Harmonia Rosales: Master Narrative Link opens an external site, on view at the MBMA from March 10 - June 25, 2023. This exhibition originated at UCSB's Art, Design & Architecture Museum under the title Harmonia Rosales: Entwined Link opens in a new window, curated by Dr. Helen Morales, the Argyropoulos Professor of Hellenic Studies, and Dr. Sophia Quach McCabe (Ph.D. 2019).

Mary Okin (Ph.D. 2022), along with Olivia Bowman (San Jose State University), has been awarded a US Latino Digital Humanities (USLDH) Grant Link opens an external site for the project March With Us! Lessons in Activism from San José State. The University of Houston USLDH Center is a digital scholarship/research undertaking to provide training and research on US Latino recovered materials and is housed at Recovering the US Hispanic Literary Heritage/Arte Público Press. The USLDH Grants-in-Aid program is funded by the Mellon Foundation and designed to provide scholars a stipend for research and development of digital scholarship in the form of a digital publication and/or a digital project.

Alexandra Schultz (Ph.D. 2022) has penned the article, "Preserving home: resistance to cholera sanitation procedures in Egypt," Architecture_MPS 24, 1 (2023): 3. DOI: Link opens an external site. The article explores the archive of resistance to understand the experience of cholera and cholera sanitation procedures in late nineteenth-century Egypt.

Shalini Kakar (Ph.D. 2010) has authored a new book, Devotional Fanscapes: Bollywood Star Deities, Devotee-Fans, and Cultural Politics in India and Beyond Link opens an external site, Lanham: Lexington, 2023.

Alexandra Schultz (Ph.D. 2022) has received New York University's Abu Dhabi Humanities Research Fellowship for the Study of the Arab World for 2023-2024. This extremely competitive post-doctoral fellowship will give her a stipend and funding to travel to Egypt to complete her research for her book, based on her dissertation, "Living and Dying in Water: Fluid Infrastructure Disruptions in Urban Egypt (1870-1935)."

Veronica Roberts (M.A. 2005) has been named the John and Jill Freidenrich Director of the Cantor Arts Center Link opens an external site, Stanford University.

John R. Senseney (Ph.D. 2002), has penned the essay, "Lessons from American Arcadia: White Spaces, Black Athletes, and Insulated Professors Link opens an external site," on PLATFORM Link opens an external site, October 3, 2022.

Graduate Alumni

For lists of Graduate Alumni dissertations, see the department's most recent Ph.D. Dissertations (2022-2018) and Ph.D. Dissertations archive (2017-1972) Link opens in a PDF reader.

     2023    2022   2021
    Samira Fathi   Sarah Bane   Virginia Reynolds Badgett
    Ben Jameson-Ellsmore   Holly Gore   John Vincent Decemvirale
    Matthew Limb   Yun-chen Lu   Thomas DePasquale
    Margaret Mansfield   Henning von Mirbach   Laura diZerega
        Mary Okin   Abelina Galustian
        Alexandra Schultz    

2020   2019   2018   2017
Elizabeth Aguilera   Margaret Bell   Aleesa Pitchamarn Alexander   Briana Simmons
    Marta Faust   Julianne Gavino    
    Shannon Emily Gilmore   Shannon Lieberman    
    Sophia Quach McCabe   Mary McGuire    
        Suzanne van de Meerendonk    
        Anna Myjak-Pycia    
        Erin Travers    
        Diva Zumaya    

2016   2015   2014   2013
Brianna Bricker   Patricia Lee Daigle   Mahlon W.L. Chute   Matthew H. Fisk
Seokwon Choi   Brigit Ferguson   Barbara Kaminska   Michelle V. Packer
Yan Wencheng   Ana Milena Mitrovici   Samantha Lauren   Katherine Kaford Papineau
    Sophia Rochmes   Mira Rai Waits   Helen Taschian
    Deborah Spivak       Lisa Volpe

2012   2011   2010   2009
Jackson Dodge   Jessica Ambler   Shalini Kakar   Austen Bailly
Catherine Newman Howe   George Flaherty   Andrea Korda   Carlos Roberto De Souza
Charles Peterson   Ursula Ginder   Jessica Tade   Blair H. Davis
Noa Turel   Steven Kendall       Emily A. Engel
            Staci Gem Scheiwiller
            Sarah Thompson

2008   2007   2006   2005
Paul Anderson   Amy Buono   Lynette Korenic   Cynthia Canejo
Antoniette Gugliemo   Han-Yun Chang   Chak-Kwong Lau   Alison Fraunhar
    Katharina Pilaski Kaliardos   Elizabeth K. Mitchell   Cody Hartley
    Caroline Older   Jessica Robey   Lynne Horiuchi
    Lucia Ricciardelli   Stephanie Schrader   Mitzi Kirkland-Ives
    Amara Solari   ShiPu Wang   Melinda McCurdy
            Kevin M. Murphy
            Emily Peters

2004   2003   2002   2001
John R. Decker   Denise Baxter   Claude Baillargeon   Cristina M. Carbone
Joy Kunz   Michelle Duran-McLure   Elizabeth J. Hornbeck   Carol L. Magee
Eric Lutz   Jeffrey D. Garner   Marguerite A. Keane   Vibeke C. Olson
William Stern   Della Jenkins   Cathleen M. Paquette   Kristin M. O'Rourke
    Holly Unruh   John R. Senseney    

2000   1999   1998   1997
Karen A. Hillson   Benjamin G. Hufbauer   Jane A. Dini   Virginia da Costa
Judith L. Huacuja Pearson   Richard D. Serros   Andrew A. Doerr   Michael Darling
Todd L. Larkin       Bret L. Rothstein   Charles Sturm Buchanan
Brian D. Parshall            
Sarah Parsons            
Pamela L. Post            
Robin M. Wyshak            

1996   1995   1994   1993
Charlene G. Garfinkle   Allan Langdale   Christine Buckingham-Rolland   Stephen Michael Bailey
Diane Grinkevich Kane   Andrea Pearson   Soo Yun Kang   Michael Norris
Thomas LeRoy Larson   Barbara Vilander   Naomi Sawelson-Gorse   Jeanne Willette
Dorothy Bess Reed            

1992   1991   1990   1989
Lauren Bricker   Gary Sampson   Roger Chandler   Jeanne Hokin
Ann Lenard       Carmen Roxanne Robbin   Robin Ptáček
Maximiliaan Martens           Oscar Vazquez
Katherine McIver            
Barbara Rand            

1988   1987   1986   1985
Sandra Knudsen   Joseph Lamb   Gavin Townsend   Lynda Joy Sperling
Jeanne LaBarbera   Leslie Ross        
Hans Van Miegroet   Gayle Marie Seymour        
Glenn Willumson            

1984   1983   1982   1981
Faya Causey-Frel   Mary Lynn Zink Vance   Bruce Davis   Melinda Lorenz
Anne Edgerton   Monica Visonà   Lynn Orr    
Puran Khalsa       Eva Raun    
Janice Lyle            

1980   1978   1977   1972
Selma Holo   Patricia Crane   Nils Walter Ramstedt   Hope Benedict Werness
Stephen Polcari