Graduate Alumni

Announcements for our Department Graduate Alumni

John R. Senseney's (Ph.D. 2002) essay, "Towards Equitable Histories of Ancient Built Environments,"Link opens an external site has been published on PLATFORM, May 16, 2022.

Sophia Ronan Rochmes's (Ph.D. 2015) essay, "Illuminating Luxury: The Gray-Gold Flemish Grisailles," has been published in lIluminating Metalwork: Metal, Object, and Image in Medieval Manuscripts,Link opens an external site ed. Joseph Salvatore Ackley and Shannon L. Wearing (Berlin: De Gruyter, 2022): 275-299.

Anna Myjak-Pycia (Ph.D. 2018), a postdoc at the Institute for History and Theory of Architecture (gta), Department of Architecture, ETH Zürich, published an article, "Home as an Aid: Domestic Design for Disabled Polio Survivors",Link opens an external site in Journal of Design History, and an article, "Forgoing the Architect’s Vision: American Home Economists as Pioneers of Participatory Design, 1930-60", in Architectural Research Quarterly. She also received a grant of the NOMIS Foundation to carry out the research project, "Beyond the Visual: Towards an Inclusive Architectural History."

Lynne Horiuchi (Ph.D. 2005) has been named a member of the Society of Architectural Historians (SAH) Strategic Planning Committee,Link opens an external site charged with developing the Society’s vision and guiding principles for the next five years.

Sophia Quach McCabe's (Ph.D. 2019) essay, "Many Hands, Many Lands: Collaborative Copper Painting by Hans Rottenhammer, Paul Bril, and Jan Brueghel I", has been published by HMSTAH, an imprint of Brepols, in Many Antwerp Hands: Collaborations in Netherlandish Art,Link opens an external site edited by A. D. Newman and L. Nijkamp. From the publisher: "A fresh look at the phenomenon of artistic collaboration in the early modern Low Countries."

Lynette Korenic (Ph.D. 2006) retired from her positionLink opens an external site as Head of the Kohler Art Library at the Unviersity of Wisconsin-Madison after 21 years. Lyn was the Arts Librarian at UCSB from 1988-99.

Aleesa Pitchamarn Alexander (Ph.D. 2018) co-edited with Marci Kwon a special "In the Round" section for Panorama: Journal of the Association of Historians of American Art. " Asian American Art, Pasts and Futures,"Link opens an external site was published in June 2021, and features 11 original essays, including one authored by Alexander, "Asian American Art and the Obligation of Museums."Link opens an external site The Asian American Art Initiative, which Alexander and Kwon co-direct, was recently awarded a Bank of America Art Conservation GrantLink opens an external site for the treatment of 32 newly acquired works by Asian American artists.

John Senseney (Ph.D. 2002), Associate Professor, Department of History, University of Arizona, published an article, "The Architectural Origins of the Parthenon Frieze"Link opens an external site in the Journal of the Society of Architectural Historians 80, no. 1 (2021): 12-29.

Faya Causey (Ph.D. 1984) was recently elected a Fellow of the Society of Antiquaries in London, is a elected a life board member of the Société Paul Cezanne, and a newly elected advisory board member of the Hillwood Museum in DC. She also continues for a second term as a board member of the Archaeological Institute of America, DC Society. She recently authored two essays for the 2020 exhibition catalogue, John Elderfield, ed., Cezanne: Rock and Quarry PaintingsLink opens an external site which opened at Princeton in 2020. The online edition of Ancient Carved Ambers in the J. Paul Getty MuseumLink opens an external sitewas recently released, and she is currently finishing a book on ancient bronze statues as ritual deposits which she began as a Getty Scholar in 2017-2018.

Elizabeth Guffy (Ph.D. 1985) wrote an article for Places Journal (March 2021) entitled "Active Exclusion," about flaws in the Roosevelt Island accessibility design.

Diva Zumaya (Ph.D. 2018), the Assistant Curator of European Painting and Sculpture at the Los Angeles County Museum of Art (LACMA), was featured as "Curator in the Spotlight"Link opens an external site by CODART, a professional organization for curators of Dutch and Flemish art worldwide: On April 9th, 2021, Diva delivered the virtual talk “Reflections on Re-envisioning LACMA’s Permanent Collection,” at the conference Exhibiting Slavery and Representing Black Lives—Art Museums and the Legacies of the Dutch Slave Trade: Curating Histories, Envisioning Futures, organized by Harvard Art Museums. Diva also served as a speaker on the panel "Changing the Culture of Silence" at the 2021 Virtual Art Curators Conference for the Association of Art Museum Curators (AAMC).

J.V. Decemvirale (Ph.D. 2021) will be the Weisman Postdoctoral Instructor in Visual Culture and Presidential Postdoctoral Fellow in the Division of the Humanities and Social Sciences at the California Institute of Technology, Pasadena, CA for the 2021-2023 academic year. J.V. will be teaching undergraduate courses, as well as furthering his research and writing on Black and Latino Los Angeles.

Maggie Bell (Ph.D. 2019) has been permanently appointed Assistant Curator at the Norton Simon Museum in Pasadena, CA. She has been in the position since July 2019, after completing a Graduate Academic Internship. Her exhibition, The Expressive Body: Memory, Devotion, Desire (1400-1750),Link opens an external site which was scheduled to open at the Norton Simon in April 2021, has been rescheduled for October 2021.

Charlene G. Garfinkle (Ph.D. 1986) has published a book chapter, “Charging Bull and Fearless Girl—A Dialogue,” in Teachable Monuments: Using Public Art to Spark Dialogue and Confront Controversies (Bloomsbury Publishing, 2021). In May, she presented an invited lecture, There is more to art than painting. Highlights of American Sculpture at the Santa Barbara Museum of Art, to the Museum’s Docent Council.

Aleesa Alexander (Ph.D. 2018), Assistant Curator of American Art at the Cantor Arts Center, Stanford University, has launched (as founding co-director) the Asian American Art Initiative.Link opens an external site

The Society of Architectural Historians has named Lynne Horiuchi (Ph.D. 2005) among their 2021 Class of Fellows,Link opens an external site one of the Society’s highest honors

Lynne Horiuchi (Ph.D. 2005) will serve as Secretary on the incoming 2021 Board of the Society of Architectural Historians. Additionally, she will also be a member of the new SAH Inclusion, Diversity, Equity, Accountability, and Sustainability (IDEAS) Committee.Link opens an external site The IDEAS Committee is charged with developing and guiding a diversity, equity and inclusion policy that also encompasses accountability and sustainability. The Committee will work with the SAH Board and SAH Strategic Planning Committee to devise sustainable DEI strategies for SAH and will make recommendations for actions to promote meaningful change within the Society’s culture.

Maggie Bell (Ph.D. 2019) has published the essay “On Display: Poverty as infirmity and its visual representation at the hospital of Santa Maria della Scala” in the volume Representing Infirmity: Diseased Bodies in Renaissance Italy,Link opens an external site edited by John Henderson, Jonathan K. Nelson and Fredrika Jacobs (Routledge, 2020). Her exhibition, The Expressive Body: Memory, Devotion, Desire (1400-1750)Link opens an external site is scheduled to open at the Norton Simon in April 2021.

Lauren Weiss Bricker (Ph.D. 1992) is Interim Dean of the College of Environmental Design and Professor of Architecture at California State Polytechnic University, Pomona where she co-coordinates the historic preservation program, and is director of the ENV Archives-Special Collections. She was the Clarkson Chair in Planning 2019, University at Buffalo where she spoke on "Conserving the Vitality of our Historic Places."Link opens an external site Most recently, she contributed to Surveys and Inventories for Urban Heritage Management: Lessons from Los Angeles and Beyond (Getty, forthcoming) and World Histories of Architecture: The Emergence of a New Genre in the Nineteenth Century (MIT Press, forthcoming).

Cynthia Canejo (Ph.D. 2005) published a new article, "The Significance of Allusion in the Works of the Brazilian Artist Antonio Manuel,"Link opens an external site Delaware Review of Latin American Studies,18.2 (2020): 1-28.

George Flaherty (Ph.D. 2011) co-edited a dossier of essays with Andrea Giunta (Universidad de Buenos Aires) titled "Latin American Networks: Synchronicities, Contacts, and Divergences" for the open-access journal Artelogie (May 2020). This is the second of three publications sponsored by their “Connecting Art HistoriesLink opens an external site grant from the Getty Foundation.  He is currently in the planning and early research phase on his next book project, which examines artistic and cultural exchange between Mexico City and Harlem in the 1920s and 30s.

Elizabeth Kathleen Mitchell (Ph.D. 2006) has been named Interim Co-Director of the Cantor Arts Center at Stanford University, and will serve until a new director has been identified. For the past ten years, Mitchell has been the Burton and Deedee McMurtry Curator of Prints, Drawings, and Photographs, and more recently she became the museum's Director of the Curatorial Fellowship Foundation.Link opens an external site Currently, Mitchell is completing an essay for the publication to accompany "Dare to Know: Prints and Drawings in the Age of Enlightenment," an exhibition originating at the Harvard Art Museums and scheduled to open in 2022.

Erin Travers (Ph.D. 2018) is a Lecturer in the Department of Art at Chapman University and a Program Assistant with the Getty Foundation. In this role, she is working on grant initiatives such as Pacific Standard Time: Art x Science x LA (2024),Link opens an external site The Paper Project,Link opens an external site and Connecting Art Histories.Link opens an external site

Amara Solari (Ph.D. 2007) published a book, The Maya,Link opens an external site in Oxford University Press's "Very Short Introduction Series," co-authored with historian Matthew Restall. She spent the Spring term at Tulane University as a visiting researcher at the Stone Center for Latin American Studies and was promoted to Full Professor in May. Amara has also taken over as Penn State's Director of Graduate Studies in the Art History Department.

Noa Turel (Ph.D. 2012) has published the book, Living Pictures: Jan van Eyck and Painting’s First Century Link opens an external site (Yale University Press, 2020).

Holly Unruh (Ph.D. 2003) recently joined the Arts Division at UC Santa Cruz as the Executive Director of the Arts Research InstituteLink opens an external site (ARI).

Jane Dini (Ph.D. 1998) is the Andrew W. Mellon Senior Curator, American Art at the Brooklyn Museum.

Amy Buono (Ph.D. 2007) published the commentary "Museums as Realms of (dis)Enchantment,Link opens an external site in Latin American and Latinx Visual Culture (April 2020); the book chapters, “Historicidade, acronia e materialidade nas culturas no Brasil colonial,” in Arte não Europeia: conexões historiográficas a partir do BrasilLink opens an external site (Editora Estação Liberdade e Vasto, 2020); “Representando o Tupinambá e o comércio pau-brasil no Rouen do século XVI,” in França Antártica: Ensaios InterdisciplinaresLink opens an external site (Editora da Unicamp, 2020). She was also appointed to the advisory board of 21: Inquiries into Art, History, and the Visual/ Beiträge zur Kunstgeschichte und visuellen Kultur,Link opens an external site University of Bern, Switzerland (Open Access eJournal).

Staci Gem Scheiwiller (Ph.D. 2009) authored the exhibition catalogue essay, "Quoting Silences: Depicting Female Desires in the Paintings of Abelina Galustian"Link opens an external site that accompanied the virtual exhibition "Womansword and Beyond"Link opens an external site (October 16 - November 5, 2020, California State University, Stanislaus).

Sophia Quach McCabe (Ph.D. 2019) has taken the position of Academic Coordinator at the Art, Design & Architecture Museum, UC-Santa Barbara.

Mira Rai Waits (Ph.D. 2014) has pubished the essay, "The House the Prison Built," (Oct. 12, 2020) in the digital journal PLATFORM.

Agnes Etherington Art Centre, Queen’s University, Kingston, Ontario, Canada has announced that Suzanne van de Meerendonk (Ph.D. 2019) has been chosen as the new Bader Curator of European Art.Link opens an external site

Marta Faust (Ph.D. 2019) has been awarded a 2020-2021 fellowship from the Berlin Program for Advanced German and European Studies at Freie Universität Berlin. The Max Kade Berlin Program Postdoctoral Fellowship, sponsored by the German Studies Association, will support researching a new project titled “From Obsolescence to Fine Art: Woodcut Revivals in Eighteenth-Century Europe,” using archival resources at institutions in Berlin, Leipzig, and Gotha. She has also received a 2021 Short-Term Fellowship at the Newberry Library, Chicago, for addtional research on the same project.

Mira Rai Waits (Ph.D. 2014) has been awarded a 2020 American Council of Learned Societies (ACLS) Fellowship to support continued research for her scholarly project, Colonial Carcerality: The Birth of the Modern Prison in India.

Alison Fraunhar (Ph.D. 2005) authored the book, Mulata Nation: Visualizing Race and Gender in Cuba, a vivid exploration of the key role played by multiracial women in visualizing and performing Cuban identity.

Briana Simmons (Ph.D. 2017), along with fellow Art History professor Walter Meyer, received a prestigious $100,000 grant from the National Endowment for the Humanities (NEH) for an art history project entitled “Mapping and Preserving the Hidden Histories of Santa Monica”. This grant to Santa Monica College was the largest award granted in Southern California.

Recent Graduate Alumni

For a full list of Graduate Alumni, see the department's most recent Ph.D. Dissertations (2021-2016) and Ph.D. Dissertations archive (2015-1972) Link opens in a PDF reader

    2021   2019   2018
    Virginia Reynolds Badgett   Margaret Bell   Aleesa Pitchamarn Alexander
    John Vincent Decemvirale   Marta Faust   Julianne Gavino
    Laura diZerega   Shannon Emily Gilmore   Shannon Lieberman
        Sophia Quach McCabe   Mary McGuire
            Suzanne van de Meerendonk
            Anna Myjak-Pycia
            Erin Travers
            Diva Zumaya

2017   2016   2015   2014
Briana Simmons   Brianna Bricker   Patricia Lee Daigle   Mahlon W.L. Chute
    Seokwon Choi   Brigit Ferguson   Barbara Kaminska
    Wencheng Yan   Ana Milena Mitrovici   Samantha Lauren
        Sophia Rochmes   Mira Rai Waits
        Deborah Spivak    

2013   2012   2011   2010
Matthew H. Fisk   Jackson Dodge   Jessica Ambler   Shalini Kakar
Michelle V. Packer   Catherine Newman Howe   George Flaherty   Andrea Korda
Katherine Kaford Papineau   Charles Peterson   Ursula Ginder   Jessica Tade
Helen Taschian   Noa Turel   Steven Kendall    
Lisa Volpe            

2009   2008   2007   2006
Austen Bailly   Paul Anderson   Amy Buono   Lynette Korenic
Carlos Roberto De Souza   Antoniette Gugliemo   Han-Yun Chang   Chak-Kwong Lau
Blair H. Davis       Katharina Pilaski Kaliardos   Elizabeth K. Mitchell
Emily A. Engel       Caroline Older   Jessica Robey
Staci Gem Scheiwiller       Lucia Ricciardelli   Stephanie Schrader
Sarah Thompson       Amara Solari   ShiPu Wang

2005   2004   2003   2002
Cynthia Canejo   John R. Decker   Denise Baxter   Claude Baillargeon
Alison Fraunhar   Joy Kunz   Michelle Duran-McLure   Elizabeth J. Hornbeck
Cody Hartley   Eric Lutz   Jeffrey D. Garner   Marguerite A. Keane
Lynne Horiuchi   William Stern   Della Jenkins   Cathleen M. Paquette
Mitzi Kirkland-Ives       Holly Unruh   John R. Senseney
Melinda McCurdy            
Kevin M. Murphy            
Emily Peters