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: "Image Reincarnation in Early Modern Dutch Illustrated Travelogues"
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 seventh-year doctoral candidate at UCSB and the Kress Foundational Institutional Fellow in the History of Art and Leiden University. This past spring she received the Excellence in Teaching Award in the Humanities from the Graduate Student Association. Margaret's research examines travelogues about the Indian subcontinent produced, translated, and disseminated by the Dutch to a variety of European audiences. She is specifically exploring the impact of social networks of the authors, engravers, publishers, and financers on the production and reuse of images of the rituals and religions of the Indian subcontinent. Margaret is also involved with a collaborative project working on the inception and reception of Bernard Picart’s, Cérémonies et coutumes religieuses de tous les peuples du monde. 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" and was completed in 2013