Margaret Mansfield

Margaret Mansfield
Graduate Student


Area of Concentration: Seventeenth-century Dutch Prints and Publication History; Illustrated Travelogues in Global Context
Faculty Advisor: Ann Jensen Adams
Committee Members: Swati Chattopadhyay, Barbara Holdrege (Religious Studies, UCSB)
Dissertation: "Through Dutch Eyes: Illustration of the Rituals and Religions of India for the European Market"
M.A. Thesis: "Ordered Disorder: Dutch Painting of the Topsy-Turvy World" (Institute of Fine Arts at New York University, completed 2013)


Margaret Mansfield is a fifth-year doctoral candidate at the University of California Santa Barbara, whose predominant area of study is seventeenth-century Dutch art. Her research examines travelogues produced, translated, and disseminated by the Dutch to a variety of European audiences. She is specifically exploring the differences in the depictions of Indian ritual and religion, considering armchair travel, the editorial process of publication, and political, social, economic, and religious impulses for editing both the images and corresponding texts. Prior to enrolling at UC Santa Barbara, she taught Visual Literacy at Santa Barbara City College. Margaret came to UCSB with her bachelor’s in Art History and Philosophy from Boston College and her Master’s in Art History from the Institute of Fine Arts at New York University. Her Master’s thesis was titled, "Ordered Disorder: Dutch Painting of the Topsy-Turvy World" was completed in 2013.