Ph.D. Dissertations

Dissertations in Progress

Architectural History and Urbanism/Urban Planning/Historic Preservation

Fathi, Samira, "Representing Eighteenth-Century Isfahan: Urban Spaces and Architectural Patronage"
Dissertation Advisor: Nuha N. N. Khoury

Jameson-Ellsmore, Benjamin, "Please Hack: Makerspaces, Hackerspaces and Public Life in the Detroit and San Francisco Metropolitan Areas"
Dissertation Advisor: Swati Chattopadhyay

Schlothan, Betty, "Visual Constructions and Assertions of Community in the Early Modern Towns of the German Erzgebirge"
Dissertation Advisor: Mark A. Meadow

Schultz, Alexandra, "Living and Dying in Water: Fluid Infrastructure Disruptions in Urban Egypt (1870-1935)"
Dissertation Advisor: Nuha N. N. Khoury

Van Doorne, Taylor, "Ephemeral Monuments, the Modern French State, and the Parisian Public, 1789-1848"
Dissertation Advisor: Richard Wittman

Art of the United States

Limb, Matthew, "'Living on the Edge': Craft, Land Use, and the American Environment"
Dissertation Advisor: Jenni Sorkin

Morris, Sara, "Figurative Sculpture and the Crafting of Identity in Postwar American Art, 1960-1990"
Dissertation Advisor: Jenni Sorkin

Okin, Mary, "Painting in Place: Wayne Thiebaud in Postwar American Art"
Dissertation Advisor: E. Bruce Robertson

Asian American/Asian Diaspora

Tran, Thuy N. D., "Saigon Modernisms: Art of a New Nation, 1954-1975”
Dissertation Advisor: Laurie Monahan

Decorative Arts

Sadoyan, Lilit, "Meuble and Mobility: Furniture in Long-Eighteenth-Century France"
Dissertation Advisor: E. Bruce Robertson and Mark A. Meadow

Early Modern Art

Aldrich, Alec, "Common Ground: Landscape and the Mediation of Technology in the Dutch Republic"
Dissertation Advisor: Ann Jensen Adams

Good, Felicity, “Locating Childhood: The Visual Culture of Children in Early Modern Antwerp and Mexico City”
Dissertation Advisor: Mark A. Meadow

Kagan-Moore, Hannah, "Social Identity and the City in the Augsburger Monatsbilder"
Dissertation Advisor: Mark A. Meadow

Mansfield, Margaret, "Image Reincarnation in Early Modern Dutch Illustrated Travelogues"
Dissertation Advisor: Ann Jensen Adams

East Asia

von Mirbach, Henning, "Landscapes of Memory: Fa Ruozhen (1613-1696) and the Making of Conquest Identities in Early Qing China"
Dissertation Advisor: Peter Sturman

Raymond, A. Colin, "Formulations of a Medium: The Rise of Video in Japanese Art 1965-1989"
Dissertation Advisor: Jenni Sorkin

Twentieth and/or Twenty-First Century

Cobra Lima, Letícia, "Assembling the Body: South American Assemblage Art, 1960-1996"
Dissertation Advisor: Jenni Sorkin

Grego March, Claudia, "El arte de América Latina es la revolución: networks of political art between Spain and Latin America during the late Francoist dictatorship (1960-1975)"
Dissertation Advisor: Laurie Monahan

Mirzaei, Mohammadreza, "'The Maximum Out of the Minimum Freedom of Speech': Bahman Mohassess’s Painting in the Context of Iranian Art During the 1960s"
Dissertation Advisor: Laurie Monahan

Smith, Elzabeth Driscoll, "Build/Live/Work: Artist-Built Environments and the Expanded Vernacular in the Twentieth Century"
Dissertation Advisor: Jenni Sorkin

Winter, Rachel, "A Spectacle of Inclusion: The Rise of Contemporary Art from the Arab World, Iran, and Turkey in the United States and England, 1970-2020"
Dissertation Advisor: Jenni Sorkin


Sarah Bane
Join the Club: Regional Print Clubs in the United States
Faculty Chair: E. Bruce Robertson

Holly Gore
Reinventing Work: Modernist Wood and Skilled Trade, 1930-1965
Faculty Chair: Jenni Sorkin

Yun-Chen Lu
A Left-Turn to Artistic Eccentricity: Gao Fenghan (1683–1749) and Disability Art in Eighteenth-century Yangzhou
Faculty Chair: Peter Sturman


Virginia Reynolds Badgett
Representing Modern Women: Robert Henri, Portraiture, and Identity
Faculty Chair: E. Bruce Robertson

John Vincent Decemvirale
Knowing Your Place and Making Do: Radical Arts Activism in Black and Latino Los Angeles, 1968-1984
Faculty Chair: Jenni Sorkin

Thomas DePasquale
Leonardo and the Commentators: Seeing Things Hidden in the Earliest Essay on the Work of Art, Naples, ca. 1562
Faculty Chair: Mark A. Meadow

Laura diZerega
Beyond Berlin: Karl Friedrich Schinkel, Bureaucracy, and Rhenish Ecclesiastical Architecture, 1815–1840
Faculty Chair: Richard Wittman

Abelina Galustian
Orienting the Politics of Images: The Armenian Role in Orientalizing Near Eastern Photography, 1850-1930
Faculty Chair: E. Bruce Robertson


Margaret Bell
Healing Walls: Visualizing Bodily, Social and Spiritual Care in the Pellegrinaio Frescoes at the Hospital of Santa Maria della Scala in Siena
Faculty Chair: Mark A. Meadow

Marta Faust
"Was Sichst Du?" The Instrumentation of Sight in Early-Modern German Art
Faculty Chair: Mark A. Meadow

Shannon Emily Gilmore
Miracles at the Margins: The Popular Piety of Miraculous Images in Quattrocento Tuscany
Faculty Chair: Mark A. Meadow

Sophia Quach McCabe
Hans Rottenhammer in Venice: Networking in Style between Italy and Germany
Faculty Chair: Mark A. Meadow


Aleesa Pitchamarn Alexander
Unaccountable Modernisms: The Black Arts of Post-Civil Rights Alabama
Faculty Chair: Jenni Sorkin

Julianne Gavino
Remapping Topographies of Race and Public Space: Asian American Artists in California (1970s to Present)
Faculty Chair: E. Bruce Robertson

Shannon Lieberman
Alongside, Outside, Within, Against: Feminist Art and the American Museum, 1965-2007
Faculty Chair: Laurie Monahan

Mary McGuire
Theological Avant-Garde: The Arts Program at the Judson Memorial Church, 1958-1968
Faculty Chair: Laurie Monahan

Suzanne van de Meerendonk
Public Displays of Affection. Negotiating Power and Identity in Ceremonial Receptions in Amsterdam, 1580-1660
Faculty Chair: Ann Jensen Adams

Anna Myjak-Pycia
Another Modernism: Home Economics and the Conception of Domestic Space in the US, 1900-1960
Faculty Chair: Swati Chattopadhyay

Erin Travers
Boundaries of the Body: The Art of Anatomy in the Seventeenth-Century Netherlands
Faculty Chair: Ann Jensen Adams

Diva Zumaya
Clandestine Devotion, Spiritual Reformation and Community Perseverance in Seventeenth-Century Dutch Catholic Visual Culture
Faculty Chair: Ann Jensen Adams

History of Art & Architecture Ph.D. Dissertations 2017 - 1972

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