Graduate Alumni

Announcements for our Department Graduate Alumni

Melinda McCurdy (Ph.D. 2005), curated the exhibition 100 Great British DrawingsLink opens an external site, on view at the Huntington Library, Art Museum and Botanical Gardens through September 5. It includes highlights from the collection of more than 12,000 British works held at the Huntington, the largest collection outside Britain.

John Senseney (Ph.D. 2002), Associate Professor, Department of History, University of Arizona, published an article, "Towards Equitable Histories of Ancient Built EnvironmentsLink opens an external site," on PLATFORMLink opens an external site, May 16, 2022. The article contextualizes and builds upon his recent articleLink opens an external site in the Journal of the Society of Architectural Historians. He also delivered a paper, "Unlearning Classical ArchitectureLink opens an external site" in the Inclusion, Diversity, Equity, Accessibility, and Sustainability (IDEAS) session entitled "Radical Methods, New Interlocutors: Strategies for Equitable HistoriesLink opens an external site" at the 75th International Conference of the Society of Architectural Historians, Pittsburgh, Pennsylvania, April 28, 2022. He's currently writing an article manuscript entitled, "Artisanship and Resistance in Classical Athens."

Monica Blackmun Visonà (Ph.D. 1983), Professor of Art and Visual Studies at the University of Kentucky, contributed to a new survey text, The History of Art: A Global ViewLink opens an external site, published in 2022 by Thames & Hudson and distributed by W.W. Norton.  Her five chapters on art from Africa are interspersed with chronological accounts of the art of other continents, and she wrote additional sections that integrate Africa’s art history into thematic discussions. 

Joy Sperling (Ph.D. 1985) will retire after 32 years of teaching at Denison University. This tribute in The DenisonianLink opens an external site highlights her career.

Lisa Volpe’s (Ph.D. 2013) exhibition Georgia O’Keeffe, PhotographerLink opens an external site was listed on several top ten exhibition lists for 2021. It has travelled from Houston to the Addison Gallery, and will continue on to the Denver Art Museum and the Cincinnati Art Museum. The exhibition catalogLink opens an external site was a finalist for the Prose Award by the American Association of Publishers, and won the Mitchell A. Wilder Design award. Her next publication, Gordon Parks: Stokely Carmichael and Black Power, is being published by Steidl in time for the fall 2022 exhibition of the same title.

Melinda McCurdy (Ph.D. 2005) has curated the exhibition, "100 Great British DrawingsLink opens an external site, of rarely seen objects from The Huntingtons vast collection of British drawings and watercolors. She also discusses the formation of The Huntington’s British drawings collection in the Introduction of the richly illustrated exhibition catalog, Excursions of Imagination.

Yan Wenchang (Ph.D. 2016) has authored the essay, "Writing a History of Chinese ArchitectureLink opens an external site," which was published on PLATFORM, June 13, 2022.

John R. Senseney's (Ph.D. 2002) essay, "Towards Equitable Histories of Ancient Built EnvironmentsLink 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 ManuscriptsLink 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 SurvivorsLink 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 CommitteeLink 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 ArtLink 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).


Graduate Alumni

For lists of Graduate Alumni dissertations, see the department's most recent Ph.D. Dissertations (2021-2018) and Ph.D. Dissertations archive (2017-1972) Link opens in a PDF reader.

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            2022
            Holly Gore
            Yun-chen Lu

2021   2019   2018   2017
Virginia Reynolds Badgett   Margaret Bell   Aleesa Pitchamarn Alexander   Briana Simmons
John Vincent Decemvirale   Marta Faust   Julianne Gavino    
Laura diZerega   Shannon Emily Gilmore   Shannon Lieberman    
Abelina Galustian   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