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    • Mont Allen

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      Mont Allen studies the art of ancient Greece and Rome, with the latter exerting the stronger pull on his heartstrings. Particular passions include mythological imagery in funerary art (especially Greek myths as they were carved on Roman sarcophagi) and ancient attitudes towards artistic facture and technique (notably as they bear on questions of iconography).  He is often spotted bicycling up and down the Berkeley Hills, his preferred local habitat. He is also something of a Teutonophile and confesses, rather sheepishly, to having occasionally taught the stylistic dating of Greek monuments through analogy with German synthesizer music.  2012-2013 will see him in Berlin for the year, pursuing dissertation research at the German Archaeological Institute, thanks to generous fellowships from the German Academic Exchange Service and the Charlotte Newcombe Foundation.

    • Bridget Alsdorf

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      Bridget Alsdorf (PhD 2008) is Associate Professor at Princeton University. Her area of specialization is European art of the 19th and early 20th centuries, with an emphasis on art produced in France from the Second Empire to World War I. Alsdorf is the author of Fellow Men: Fantin-Latour and the Problem of the Group in Nineteenth-Century French Painting, and essays on Poussin, Cézanne, Degas, Manet, Gaillard, Bonnard, Utrillo, Hammershøi, and Vallotton. She is also on the editorial board of nonsite.org. Her current research examines representations (across multiple media) of crowds and theatrical audiences in fin-de-siècle France, with particular interest in the cultural phenomenon of gawking (badauderie) and the relationship between art and emerging fields of social psychology.

    • Elise Archias

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      Elise Archias is an assistant professor of art history at the University of Illinois at Chicago. She has made great progress this past year on her book manuscript, The Concrete Body -- Rainer, Schneemann, Acconci, and is looking forward to it being out in the world soon. She presented work at the School of the Art Institute of Chicago, at the ASAP and MSA conferences, chaired a panel at CAA, "Carolee Schneemann and the Long Sixties," and enjoyed participating in discussions at Gallery 400 (UIC) and the Block Museum at Northwestern. She was the recipient of the ICAH award for collaborative research at UIC in Spring 2014, and her graduate seminar, "Writing About Performance Art," has left her with ideas brewing and research files amassing. She has started taking Portuguese lessons, and is pleased to be getting to know her many new, vibrant colleagues throughout the city.

    • Meryl Bailey

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      Meryl Bailey (Ph.D. 2011) is Assistant Professor of Art History at Mills College. She recently completed a lengthy research project on the Venetian seventeenth-century painter Antonio Zanchi, and is currently preparing a manuscript on Venetian confraternal art after the Council of Trent. In the past academic year, she enjoyed working with Mills' curators and librarians to incorporate the college's collection of medieval and Renaissance prints and manuscript leaves into her teaching practice. Thanks in part to a Mellon grant, undergraduates in her Northern European Art course worked with the director of the Mills College Art Museum to curate a wonderful exhibition of northern Renaissance prints. When not teaching or writing, she can be found at the baseball field or the basketball court with son Gus (age 9).

    • Catherine Becker

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      Catherine Becker (Ph.D. 2006) continues as Assistant Professor of Art History at the University of Illinois at Chicago. Her book, Shifting Stones, Shaping the Past: Sculpture from the Buddhist Stupas of Andhra Pradesh was published by Oxford University Press on October 1, 2014. She had the pleasure of presenting her paper, "There is on 'I' in Stupa: Building Community at Buddhist Sites in Andhra Pradesh," for a panel organized by Sonal Khullar (PhD 2009) at the 2014 annual conference of the Association for Asian Studies. Catherine has received a research fellowship from the American Institute of Sri Lankan Studies for her new project, "Miracle-performing Monks and Relocated Relics: Artistic Exchange between Buddhist Communities in Andhra Pradesh and Sri Lanka." She plans to spend the summer of 2015 in Sri Lanka.

    • M. Elizabeth Boone

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      M. Elizabeth (Betsy) Boone is professor of the History of Art, Design, and Visual Culture at the University of Alberta. Betsy works on nineteenth and twentieth-century art in the United States, Spain, and Latin America and is particularly interested in trans-nationalism, cultural diplomacy, art and masquerade, and animal studies. She is the author of essays and exhibition catalogues on such topics as the nineteenth-century reception of Jan Vermeer (1992), paintings of Spain by Mary Cassatt (1995), depression-era murals in San Francisco (2002), nineteenth-century variations on Velázquez’s Las meninas (2003), the use of illustration to mask political controversy in turn-of-the century travel literature (2005), and the use of masquerade and the tableau vivant in the art of William Merritt Chase and Joaquín Sorolla (2015). She published Vistas de España: American Views of Art and Life in Spain, 1860–1914 (Yale University Press, 2007) and has recently completed “The Spanish Element in Our Nationality”: Spain and America at the World's Fairs and Centennial Celebrations, 1876-1915 (Penn State University Press, 2019). Betsy spent the winter 2014 semester in Santiago de Chile, where she curated an exhibition of art from the United States and Chile for the Museo Nacional de Bellas Artes.

    • Kimberly Cassibry

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      Kimberly Cassibry (PhD, 2009) is Associate Professor of Art at Wellesley College, where she specializes in the art and architectural history of the ancient Mediterranean. With support from the Getty Foundation and the Metropolitan Museum of Art, her publications have explored how the experience of entertainment was captured in glass cups depicting famous charioteers and gladiators (Theoretical Roman Archaeology Journal, 2018), how Roman arch monuments could be dedicated as diplomatic gifts (American Journal of Archaeology, 2018), and how ethnic stereotypes of Celts persisted in Greek and Roman art (Art Bulletin, 2017). Her book Destinations in Mind: Portraying Places on the Roman Empire’s Souvenirs is under contract with Oxford University Press. A second book project addresses the impact of empire on the Celtic, Greek, and Roman art of ancient France. She is also developing a digital humanities project called Digital Roman Arches, which will establish a searchable online database of the hundreds of commemorative, free-standing arches set up in the Roman Empire and beyond. 

    • Wen-Shing Chou

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      Wen-Shing Chou (2011) is assistant professor of East Asian art history at Hunter College, City University of New York (CUNY). She and her husband welcomed the arrival of their daughter Beatrice in September of 2013. When she manages to peel herself away from watching the miracles of the baby’s growth, she works toward finishing her book manuscript on miraculous visions of the sacred mountain range of Wutai in Late Imperial and Modern China. Her article on early twentieth century wall paintings in the Potala Palace in Lhasa appeared in the April issue of the Journal of Asian Studies. This year, she is teaching at both Hunter and the Graduate Center, CUNY.

    • William Coleman

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      Will Coleman (PhD 2015) is, as of August 2017, Associate Curator of American Art at the Newark Museum, with primary responsibility for the institution's major collection of 19th-century paintings. In addition to contributing to the exhibition 'The Rockies and the Alps: Bierstadt, Calame, and the Romance of the Mountains', on view through August 2018, he is coordinating a catalog of abstract paintings in the collection. His article "Painting the 'Baronial Castle': Thomas Cole at Featherston Park' was published in the December 2017 issue of Huntington Library Quarterly and was awarded the 2018 Landscape History Essay Prize of the Society of Architectural Historians.

    • Huey Copeland

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      During his 2013-14 ACLS Fellowship year, Huey Copeland ('06) celebrated the publication of his first book with the University of Chicago Press, Bound to Appear: Art, Slavery, and the Site of Blackness in Multicultural America, while making strides on his new project, currently titled In the Arms of the Negress: Race, Gender, and the Unmaking of Modern Art. He also co-edited a special issue of Nka on "Black Collectivities"; published shorter pieces on artists Eleanor Antin, Gardar Eide Einarsson, Theaster Gates, Dave McKenzie, and Zoe Leonard; and continued to lecture nationally, most memorably at Berkeley in October 2013, which provided a fitting homecoming and a wonderful kick off to the academic year!

    • Sharon Corwin

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      Sharon Corwin (Ph.D. 2001) is the Carolyn Muzzy Director and Chief Curator of the Colby College Museum of Art and Professor in the Art Department. In 2013, she oversaw the Museum’s expansion and the construction of the Alfond-Lunder Family Pavilion. In 2017, she launched the Lunder Institute for American Art. Under her leadership the Museum has been integrated into the College’s curriculum in innovative ways. She has published several books and essays, including, Alex Katz: Maine/New York; American Modern: Documentary Photography by Abbott, Evans, and Bourke-White (with UCB alumna Jessica May); and “Picturing Efficiency: Precisionism, Scientific Management, and the Effacement of Labor.”  

    • Jessica M. Dandona

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      Jessica M. Dandona (Ph.D. 2010) is Associate Professor of Liberal Arts at Minneapolis College of Art and Design, where she teaches courses in 19th- and 20th-century art and visual culture. Her book, Nature and the Nation in Fin-de-Siècle France: The Art of Emile Gallé, was published by Routledge in 2017. She is on sabbatical in 2018-19 and will spend the year in Dundee, Scotland as a US-UK Fulbright Scholar. Other recent awards include fellowships from the Huntington Library, the Countway Library at Harvard, the Osler Library at McGill University, the Library Company, the American Philosophical Society, and the Consortium for History of Science, Technology, and Medicine. Dr. Dandona is currently at work on her next book, The Transparent Woman, which examines the visual aspects of medical discourse at the end of the 19th century.

    • André Dombrowski

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      On April 11, 2014, André Dombrowski (Ph.D. 2006) organized the conference "Manet: Then and Now" at the ICA, University of Pennsylvania, which many friends and colleagues associated with Berkeley attended, including the presenters Huey Copeland, Darcy Grimaldo Grigsby and Kaja Silverman. After lecturing on Monet in Giverny in May, André returned home to Philadelphia to find out that he had been promoted to Associate Professor with tenure starting in July 2014.

    • Nina Dubin

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      Nina Dubin is Associate Professor of Art History and an affiliate of the Department of French and Francophone Studies at the University of Illinois at Chicago and the author of Futures & Ruins: Eighteenth-Century Paris and the Art of Hubert Robert (Los Angeles: Getty Research Institute, 2010; 2012). Her work has been supported by institutions including the Getty Research Institute; the Center for Advanced Study in the Visual Arts at the National Gallery of Art, where she was a Samuel H. Kress Senior Fellow from 2013 to 2014; the Clark Art Institute where she was a fellow in 2017; and Williams College where she held a Robert Sterling Clark Visiting Professorship in the Graduate Program in Art History in 2018. A specialist in European art since 1700, she is currently writing a book provisionally titled “Love, Trust, Risk: The Culture of Credit from the Eighteenth Century to the Present.”

    • Charlotte Eyerman

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      Alumna Charlotte Eyerman, Executive Director of the Monterey Museum of Art, was awarded the insignia of Chevalier in the Order of Arts and Letters on October 3, 2014. On behalf of the French Ministry of Culture and Communication, Consul General of France in Los Angeles Axel Cruau bestowed the honor (the equivalent of knighthood) at a private ceremony in Beverly Hills, CA.

      The Order of Arts and Letters (Ordre des Arts et des Lettres) was established in 1957 to recognize eminent artists and writers, as well as people who have contributed significantly to furthering the arts in France and throughout the world. The Order of Arts and Letters is given out three times annually under the jurisdiction of the Minister of Culture and Communication. American recipients of the award include Paul Auster, Ornette Coleman, Agnes Gund, Marilyn Horne, Jim Jarmusch, Richard Meier, Robert Paxton, Robert Redford, Meryl Streep, Uma Thurman, William S. Burroughs, and Philip Glass.

      Dr. Eyerman was recognized as Chevalier in the Order of Arts and Letters for her promotion of French culture and heritage as a scholar, curator, and museum professional over the past 20 years. Eyerman earned Master’s and Doctoral degrees in the History of Art at the University of California at Berkeley, with a specialization in 19th-century French art and culture.

    • Amy Freund

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      After five years at TCU in Fort Worth, Amy Freund (2005) moved down the road to Dallas to begin a new job in the art history department at SMU. Her first book, Portraiture and Politics in Revolutionary France, appeared with Penn State University Press this summer.

    • Aglaya Glebova

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      Aglaya Glebova (Ph.D. 2014, "Photography’s Undoing: Aleksandr Rodchenko and the White Sea-Baltic Canal") is Assistant Professor in the departments of Art History and Film & Media Studies at UC Irvine. She is completing a book on Aleksandr Rodchenko’s photography during early Stalinism. A chapter of the book was published in the Spring 2018 issue of Representations; a version of another is forthcoming in Art History. In 2017-2018, she was a fellow at the Canadian Center for Architecture in Montreal and the American Academy in Berlin, as well as the UC President's Faculty Research Fellow in the Humanities. In July 2019 she will begin as Assistant Professor of modern art at Yale’s History of Art department.

    • Carma Gorman

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      Carma Gorman, Ph.D., is an associate professor in the School of Design and Creative Technologies at the University of Texas at Austin. She is a member of the College Art Association’s (CAA) board of directors, a past president of the CAA affiliated society Design Studies Forum, and a former associate editor of the journal Design and Culture. She edited the primary-source anthology The Industrial Design Reader (Allworth/The Design Management Institute, 2003) and has published articles and reviews about US design of the long twentieth century in American Quarterly, Design and Culture, Design Issues, Journal of Design History, Studies in the Decorative Arts, and Winterthur Portfolio. She is currently completing a book manuscript that surveys the ways in which the USA’s distinctive laws, regulations, and standards have shaped the national character of American industrial design from 1890 to the present.

    • Robin Greeley

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      Robin Adèle Greeley (PhD, 1998) teaches at the University of Connecticut, where she focuses on art and politics in modern and contemporary Latin America. She is Affiliate Faculty at the Massachusetts Institute of Technology (MIT), and has also held visiting faculty positions at Harvard and Stanford. A founding member of the Symbolic Reparations Research Project, she is currently engaged in analyzing policies and practices of aesthetic memorialization in symbolic reparations for victims of human rights violations in the Americas. Her books include Surrealism and the Spanish Civil War (Yale University Press, 2006); Mexican Muralism: A Critical History (co-edited, University of California Press, 2012); The Logic of Disorder: The Art and Writings of Abraham Cruzvillegas (Harvard University Press, 2015); A Companion to Modern and Contemporary Latin American Art (co-edited, Blackwell, 2019), and La interculturalidad y sus imaginarios: Conversaciones con Néstor García Canclini (Gedisa/Palinodia, 2018).

    • Diana Greenwold

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      Diana Greenwold (Ph.D., 2016) is the Associate Curator of American Art at the Portland Museum of Art in Portland, Maine. Her dissertation, "Crafting New Citizens: Art and Handicraft in New York and Boston Settlement Houses, 1900-1945," explored the intersection between art and social work in early 20th-century America. In 2013, Greenwold was the Douglass Foundation Fellow in the American Wing at the Metropolitan Museum of Art. Her recent projects have included Of Whales in Paint: Rockwell Kent's Moby Dick and Model Citizens: Art and Identity in Colonial and Federal America. She is currently curating exhibitions about the Haystack Mountain School of Crafts and the art of Winslow Homer and Frederic Remington.

    • Anthony E. Grudin

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      Anthony (Ph.D. 2008) is associate professor of art history at the University of Vermont. He is the author of Warhol’s Working Class: Pop Art and Egalitarianism (University of Chicago Press, 2017). His essays have appeared in Warhol: Headlines (National Gallery, 2011), 13 Most Wanted Men: Andy Warhol and the 1964 World's Fair (Queens Museum/Andy Warhol Museum, 2014), ON&BY Andy Warhol (Whitechapel/MIT, 2016), American Masters (National Gallery of Australia, 2018), October, Criticism, and Oxford Art Journal. He is working on a second book on Warhol and animal life, and coediting a volume on the present prospects of social art history with Robert Slifkin (NYU). 

    • Sarah Hamill

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      Sarah Hamill (PhD, 2008; dissertation title “David Smith in Two Dimensions: Photography, Sculpture, and Space”) is Assistant Professor of Modern and Contemporary Art at Sarah Lawrence College (formerly Associate Professor of Modern and Contemporary Art at Oberlin College). She is the author of David Smith in Two Dimensions: Photography and the Matter of Sculpture (University of California Press, 2015) (awarded a Meiss/Mellon Author’s Book Award and a Wyeth Foundation for American Art Publication Grant from the College Art Association in 2013), and, with Megan R. Luke, co-editor of Photography and Sculpture: The Art Object in Reproduction (Getty Publications, 2017). Hamill has published essays on modern sculpture, the history of art reproduction, and contemporary photography, and is currently completing a book on Mary Miss’s 1970s sculptures and films. She has received fellowships from the American Council of Learned Societies, the Getty Research Institute, and Villa I Tatti, the Harvard Center for Italian Renaissance Studies.

    • Grace Harpster

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      Grace Harpster (PhD 2018) studies the religious art of Counter-Reformation Italy and its wider missionary networks. She recently filed her dissertation, "Carlo Borromeo's Itineraries: The Sacred Image in Post-Tridentine Italy," a project that follows the reforming cardinal-archbishop on five different pilgrimages in order to examine his interactions with sacred images. Currently, she is a Mellon postdoctoral fellow in Columbia University's art history department.

    • Sharon Hecker

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      Sharon Hecker (MA History of Art 1994, Ph.D. 1999), specializes in modern and contemporary Italian Art. A leading expert on Medardo Rosso, she has authored over 20 publications on the artist, including A Moment’s Monument: Medardo Rosso and the International Origins of Modern Sculpture (UC Press, 2017), awarded CAA's Millard Meiss Prize and recently published in Italian.
      Sharon has curated numerous exhibitions on Rosso, including Medardo Rosso: Second Impressions (Harvard University Art Museums, 2004), the retrospective Medardo Rosso: Experiments in Light and Form (Pulitzer Arts Foundation, 2017) and, with Julia Peyton-Jones, Medardo Rosso: Sight Unseen and His Encounters with London (Galerie Thaddaeus Ropac, 2018).
      For her work on Rosso, Sharon has received fellowships from the Getty, Fulbright and Mellon Foundations.
      She also writes about key twentieth century Italian artists such as Lucio Fontana and Luciano Fabro, and is co-author of Postwar Italian Art History Today: Untying 'the Knot’ (Bloomsbury Academic, 2019).
      She is currently working on a volume on the recovery of lost-wax casting and a volume on lead in modern and contemporary art.

    • Samantha Henneberry

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      This past year, Samantha Henneberry (2008) completed museum study and fieldwork in Greece for her dissertation on Lakonian warrior-hoplite iconography and the role of diverse craft traditions in shaping warrior identity and social memory. While the Jacob Hirsch Fellow at the American School in Athens, she researched in various collections, including the National Archaeological and Acropolis Museums in Athens, Sparta Archaeological Museum, and Altes Museum in Berlin, and traveled throughout the archaic landscapes of the southern Peloponnese (by tiny Peugeot!). This year, with funding from the Frank E. Ratliff Fellowship, Sam will focus on research and writing in Berkeley.

    • Aaron Hyman

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      Aaron M. Hyman (PhD 2017) has moved to Baltimore to begin as an Assistant Professor in the Department of the History of Art at Johns Hopkins University. A specialist of early modern art in the Spanish Empire, he has published in Colonial Latin American Review, Representations, Art Bulletin, and Print Quarterly, among other venues. He was recipient of the 2018 Arthur Kingsley Porter Prize from the College Art Association.

    • Sonal Khullar

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      Sonal Khullar (Ph.D. 2009) prepared her book manuscript, Worldly Affiliations: Artistic Practice, National Identity, and Modernism in India, 1930-1990 (forthcoming spring 2015 from the University of California Press), for publication. She was awarded an ACLS Charles A. Ryskamp Research Fellowship for a new book project, The Art of Dislocation: Conflict and Collaboration in Contemporary Art from South Asia. In 2013-14 she presented research on this project in Los Angeles, Portland, and Colombo, Sri Lanka, and chaired a session on collaboration at the Association for Asian Studies meeting. She is completing an essay on murals by George Keyt at a Buddhist monastery and temple complex outside Colombo for a special Sri Lanka issue of Marg edited by Sujatha Meegama (Ph.D. 2011).

    • Sunglim Kim

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      Sunglim Kim (Ph.D. 2009) is Assistant Professor of Art History and Asian and Middle Eastern Studies at Dartmouth College. In 2013-14 Sunglim presented her research on chaekgeori screens at the 2013 AAS annual conference in San Diego and at the Triangle East Asia Colloquium at the University of North Carolina, and her research was developed into an article, “Chaekgeori: multi-dimensional messages in late Joseon Korea,” that was published in Archives of Asian Art (Spring 2014). In September, she lectured on the emergence of Korean consumer culture in late Joseon Korea in concert with the exhibition, “Treasures from Korea: Arts and Culture, 1392-1910” at LACMA. With a Junior Faculty Fellowship and her sabbatical leave in 2014-15, Sunglim will focus on completing her upcoming book, Flowering Plums Bloom: 19th-Century Korean Art.

    • Jinah Kim

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      Jinah Kim (PhD 2006) is Gardner Cowles Associate Professor of History of Art & Architecture at Harvard University. Her first book, Receptacle of the Sacred: Illustrated Manuscripts and the Buddhist Book Cult in South Asia (UC Press, 2013) earned AAS Bernard Cohen Prize honorable mention in 2015. She is currently finishing her second book, "Garlands of Visions: Color, Tantra, and a Material History of Indian painting,” which demonstrates how “pothi” manuscripts transformed Indian painting into a portable media that can transfer a vast amount of visual knowledge in color. Her research and publications explore a wide range of topics, from issues of female representation and patronage of art to re-appropriation of religious sites and objects in post-colonial contexts of South and Southeast Asia. In addition to her academic research, she is developing a digital humanities project on color, which will serve as a searchable, open database for research on pigments. 

    • Sabine Kriebel

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      Sabine Kriebel's (2003) book, Revolutionary Beauty: The Radical Photomontages of John Heartfield was published in February 2014 by University of California Press, thus ending the project where it began, in Berkeley, California. After a brief visit home to Southern California, she is looking forward to giving talks on aspects of her next project -- photography and the so-called New Objectivity -- in Zagreb, Potsdam, and Helsinki this summer. Her co-edited volume on Photography in Doubt is currently under review for publication.

    • Katherine Kuenzli

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      Katherine Kuenzli (Ph.D. 2002) is very happy to be starting a one year sabbatical and leave from her position as Associate Professor of Art History at Wesleyan University. She received an ACLS Fellowship for the 2014-15 year to work on her book manuscript, "Designing Modernism: Henry van de Velde from Neo-Impressionism to the Bauhaus." This past academic year she published an article, "The Birth of the Modernist Museum: The Folkwang as Gesamtkunstwerk," in "The Journal of the Society of Architectural Historians" (December 2013). She also published an essay, "Expanding the Boundaries of Modern Art: The Blue Rider, Parisian Modernism, and Henri Rousseau" in an exhibition catalogue "Expressionism in Germany and France: From Matisse to the Blue Rider" (LACMA, 2014). Her husband, Michael Printy (Ph.D. 2003), accepted a position as Western European Humanities Librarian at Yale University.

    • Namiko Kunimoto

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      Namiko Kunimoto is an Associate Professor at The Ohio State University. She is a specialist in modern and contemporary Japanese art, with research interests in gender, race, urbanization, photography, visual culture, performance art, transnationalism, and nation formation.

      Her essays include “Olympic Dissent: Art, Politics, and the Tokyo Games” in Asia Pacific Japan Focus, “Tactics and Strategies: Chen Qiulin and the Production of Space” forthcoming in Art Journal and “Shiraga Kazuo: The Buddhist Hero” published in Shiraga/Motonaga: Between Action and the Unknown. Dr. Kunimoto’s awards include a Social Sciences and Humanities Research Council of Canada Fellowship, Japan Foundation Fellowships (2007 and 2016), a College Art Association Millard/Meiss Author Award, and the OSU Alumni Award for Distinguished Teaching (2018). She has been a panelist for the National Endowment for the Arts and is an executive member of Japan Arts and Globalization and Vice-President of the Japanese Art History Forum. Her book, The Stakes of Exposure: Anxious Bodies in Postwar Japanese Art, was published in February 2017 by the University of Minnesota Press.

    • Christoper Lakey

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      Christopher Lakey is Assistant Professor of Medieval Art at Johns Hopkins University. His first book, Sculptural Seeing: Relief, Optics, and the Rise of Perspective in Medieval Italy, was awarded a Millard Meiss Publication Fund grant by the College Art Association in Fall 2017 and will be published by Yale University Press in October 2018. Last year (AY 17/18), Lakey was CRIA Fellow at Villa I Tatti, the Harvard Center for Italian Studies in Florence, Italy.

    • Evie Lincoln

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      Evie Lincoln's (Ph.D. 1994) new book, Brilliant Discourse: Pictures and Readers in Early Modern Rome is out with Yale University Press. She noted with pleasure that the Renaissance being dead has had an improving effect on the papers and cheerfulness of colleagues at this Spring's Renaissance Society of America conference. So here's to the rebirth of Renaissance Studies!

    • Josephine Lopez

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      Josie Lopez (2009) is currently conducting research and writing her dissertation in New Mexico with the support of the SMU Eleanor Tufts Fellowship. Her dissertation examines nineteenth-century political satire and caricature in the prints of Mexican lithographer Constantino Escalante.

    • William Ma

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      William H. Ma (2008) is writing a dissertation on the art and craft workshops at the French Jesuit Orphanage Tushanwan in Shanghai in the early twentieth century. His main areas of interest include the artistic exchange between China and the West (Europe and America) during the late-imperial period, regionalism in Chinese art, and Chinese export art in Guangzhou (Canton).

    • Laure Marest-Caffey

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      Laure Marest-Caffey (Ph.D. 2017) is the Cornelius and Emily Vermeule Assistant Curator of Greek and Roman Art at the Museum of Fine Arts, Boston. She oversees with her colleagues one of the largest and most encyclopedic collections in the United States. She is currently working on several new permanent galleries and a catalog of the MFA's world-class collection of ancient engraved gems. Laure received in 2018 an award from the Archaeological Institute of America (AIA) for her research on social networks evidenced in the clay sealings excavated at Seleucia on the Tigris, Iraq. She has published in the American Journal of Numismatics and is currently finishing a study of glyptic finds discovered at Pompeii, Italy.

       

       

    • Cristin McKnight Sethi

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      Cristin McKnight Sethi (2008) focuses on South Asian art of the early modern to contemporary periods. Her interests include photography, textiles, global histories of collecting and exhibiting South Asian objects, art made during the British Raj, and the politics and art historical predicament of craft. Cristin was awarded an M.A. in Art History from the University of Texas at Austin and a B.A. in Art and Visual Culture from Bates College. She has lived in India while researching kalamkari textiles as a Fulbright Fellow, and while studying Hindi as a FLAS Fellow. She is currently researching and writing her dissertation on phulkari embroidery from Punjab under the guidance of Professor Joanna Williams.

    • Ara H. Merjian

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      Ara H. Merjian is Associate Professor of Italian Studies and an affiliate of the Institute of Fine Arts and the Department of Art History, New York University. He is the author of Giorgio de Chirico and the Metaphysical City: Nietzsche, Paris, Modernism (Yale University Press, 2014). Forthcoming from the University of Chicago Press in 2019, and funded by a Creative Capital/Andy Warhol Foundation Art Writers Grant, is the new volume, Against the Avant-Garde: Pier Paolo Pasolini, Contemporary Art and Neocapitalism, 1960-1975. He is at work on a new book titled "The Mimesis of the Gaze" - a theoretical examination of shared vision and intersubjectivity in modernist painting.

    • Kappy Mintie

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      Katherine "Kappy" Mintie finished her PhD in 2017. Her dissertation is entitled "Rights and Reproductions?: Commercial Photography and Copyright Law in the United States, 1884-1909." For 2017-19, she will serve as the Postdoctoral Scholar in American Art History at DePauw University.

       

    • Julian Myers-Szupinska

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      Julian Myers-Szupinska (Ph.D. 2006) is Associate Professor of Curatorial Practice at California College of the Arts. He celebrated the tenth anniversary of that program, which he helped to found in 2003. His essays have appeared in magazines, journals and catalogues for Keith Haring: The Political Line, When Attitudes Became Form Become Attitudes, and in Sterling Ruby: Soft Work. An essay considering transformations in the political economy of space in the wake of Henri Lefebvre’s The Production of Space, will appear in the forthcoming Critical Landscapes on UC Press. He presented “Lynda Benglis in Process” at CAA in Chicago this year, on an excellent panel chaired by fellow Berkeley-ites Sarah Evans and Elizabeth Ferrell. He was recently appointed Senior Editor of the Exhibitionist, a journal of exhibition making founded in 2010 by Jens Hoffmann and Tara McDowell. In Summer 2014 he was digging into the Harald Szeemann archive at the Getty Research Institute, and spent time with his partner Joanna, who is curator at the California Museum of Photography at UC Riverside, and with whom he collaborates under the title grupa o.k.

    • Richard Neer

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      Richard Neer (PhD 1998) has been at the University of Chicago since 1999, where he is now Barbara E. and Richard J. Franke Distinguished Service Professor in Art History, Cinema & Media Studies, and the College and incoming Director of the Franke Institute for the Humanities. From 2010 to 2018 he was Executive Editor of Critical Inquiry, where he continues to serve as co-editor. Davidson and His Interlocutors, co-edited with Daniele Lorenzini, will appear in December 2018. Another edited volume, Conditions of Visibility, is forthcoming from Oxford University Press. The second edition of Ancient Greek Art and Archaeology, a textbook, is out this Fall. A monograph entitled Pindar, Song and Space: Towards a Lyric Archaeology, co-authored with Leslie Kurke of the Berkeley Classics Department, is in press and should appear in 2019.

    • Oliver O'Donnell

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      Oliver O'Donnell studies modern art and intellectual history with a special emphasis on the historiography and philosophy of art history. His dissertation, titled "Art Histories of Consequence: Pragmatism and Art Historical Method from Formalism to Semiotics", investigates intersections between paradigms of art historical research and Pragmatist philosophy from the 1890s to the 1970s.

       

    • Bibiana Obler

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      Bibiana Obler (Ph.D. 2006) is associate professor of art history at George Washington University, where she has taught since 2008. Her first book, Intimate Collaborations: Kandinsky and Münter, Arp and Taeuber (Yale University Press, 2014), investigates the role of artist couples in the emergence of abstract art. She is currently at work on a second book project, Anti-Craft, which examines the relation of art and craft in the late twentieth century through a series of case studies: Al Loving's fabric constructions, Rebecca Horn's bodily extensions, Lynda Benglis's ceramics, and El Anatsui's work in wood. She is also co-curating, with Phyllis Rosenzweig, an exhibition entitled “Fast Fashion / Slow Art,” opening at the Textile Museum / George Washington University Museum in July 2019 and traveling to the Bowdoin College Museum of Art in spring 2020.

    • Jessica Patterson

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       Jessica Lee Patterson (2009) is Associate Professor of Art History at the University of San Diego, where she teaches courses that explore various aspects of Asian and modern art. Her research focuses on connections between East and Southeast Asia in the Buddhist art of the nineteenth century.

    • Stephanie Pearson

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      Stephanie Pearson (2007) studies ancient Roman art, with a focus on wall painting. Her research concerns cross-cultural interactions, concepts of luxury and exoticism, and artistic technique. Museums are another key theme in her work. Stephanie has excavated with the Via Consolare Project in Pompeii and worked in the Berlin Antikensammlung.

    • Kailani Polzak

    • Bio

      Kailani Polzak (2008) is a Ph.D. candidate working on British, French, and Russian voyages to the Pacific and the picturing of human difference in the eighteenth and nineteenth centuries. She spent the past year in New Zealand, France, and Germany with the support of the History of Art Department as well as fellowships from the Social Science Research Council and the Georges Lurcy foundation.  Kailani will finish her tenure as an International Dissertation Research Fellow with the SSRC this fall, dividing the semester between research sites in the United Kingdom and Australia. She is very excited to return to Berkeley in the spring to begin writing and resume teaching.

    • Todd Presner

    • Bio

      Todd Presner just published a new book, HyperCities: Thick Mapping in the Digital Humanities (Harvard University Press, 2014), with colleagues David Shepard and Yoh Kawano. A digital platform transmogrified into a book, it explains the ambitious online project of the same name that maps the historical layers of city spaces in an interactive, hypermedia environment. The authors examine the media archaeology of Google Earth and the cultural–historical meaning of map projections, and explore recent events—the “Arab Spring” and the Fukushima nuclear power plant disaster—through social media mapping that incorporates data visualizations, photographic documents, and Twitter streams. The digital companion to the book can be accessed at: http://thebook.hypercities.com. Presner is Chair of UCLA’s Digital Humanities program and also professor of Germanic Languages and Comparative Literature at UCLA.

    • Laura Richard

    • Bio

      Laura's (2008) field is Modern and Contemporary Art with a Designated Emphasis in Film. This past spring she taught a course on installation art, and last summer her article, "Anthony McCall: The Long Shadow of Ambient Light" appeared in the Oxford Art Journal. She was the volume editor of State of Mind: New California circa 1970 (UC Press, 2011) and, since 2009, has been the co-coordinator of the Townsend Working Group in Contemporary Art at UC Berkeley, whose mission is to foster interdisciplinary and inter-institutional conversations. She is currently writing her dissertation on the early film and room works of Maria Nordman, a portion of which she presented at the UCSD Visual Arts Graduate Student Conference in March. When she is not in the library or with her three daughters, Laura enjoys trail running, cooking, and playing co-ed soccer.

    • Mark Rosen

    • Bio

      Mark Rosen’s book, The Mapping of Power in Renaissance Italy, was published by Cambridge University Press in late 2014. He is Assistant Professor at the University of Texas at Dallas and part of its newly formed Edith O’Donnell Institute of Art History. His piece on Pietro Tacca’s Quattro Mori will appear in the March 2015 issue of The Art Bulletin. He is jealous of those who continue to live in Berkeley.

    • Jenny Sakai

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      Jenny Sakai completed her dissertation, entitled Undoing Architecture: Temporalities of Painted Space in Early Modern Amsterdam, and was hooded at the spring 2014 commencement and is currently Visiting Assistant Professor of Art History at Kenyon College. She received her BA from U.C. Berkeley and an MA from Columbia (Art History and Archaeology), and is the recipient of the Jacob K. Javits Fellowship and the two-year Kress Institutional Fellowship in European Art. Jenny's field of study is early modern Northern art, and her advisors are Elizabeth Honig, Darcy Grimaldo Grigsby, and Todd Olson. Her research interests include early modern urbanism, decay, iconoclasm, reception and the uses of art, the status of representation, materiality, and the relationship between power and painting.

    • Alexa Sand

    • Bio

      Alexa Sand is Professor of Art History and Associate Vice President of Research/Associate Dean of Graduate Studies at Utah State University, where she has been on the faculty since 2004. She is a medievalist with a specialization in francophone word-and-image studies. She is the author of Vision, Devotion, and Self Representation in Late Medieval Art (Cambridge, 2014), as well as numerous journal articles and book chapters. She currently directs undergraduate and graduate research support programs at USU, and is an active member of the International Center of Medieval Art. She is the past recipient of numerous fellowships, most recently as a Paul Mellon Sr. Visiting Fellow at CASVA, and as a summer fellow at the Clark Art Institute.

    • Michael Schreyach

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      Ph.D. 2005 (Dept. of History of Art) Michael Schreyach is Associate Professor of Art History at Trinity University in San Antonio, Texas. He is the author of Pollock's Modernism (2017).

    • Joshua A. Shannon

    • Bio

      Joshua Shannon is Associate Professor in the Department of Art History & Archaeology at the University of Maryland. He is the author of The Recording Machine: Art and Fact during the Cold War (Yale University Press, 2017) and The Disappearance of Objects: New York Art and the Rise of the Postmodern City (Yale University Press, 2009). He is founder and director of the Potomac Center for the Study of Modernity and lives in Washington, DC. In 2019-20, he will be Terra Visiting Professor of American Art at the Freie Universität Berlin.

    • Jennifer L. Shaw

    • Bio

      PhD 1994. Jennifer L. Shaw is author of Exist Otherwise: The Life and Work of Claude Cahun, Reaktion Books, London, 2017; Reading Claude Cahun’s Disavowals, Routledge, 2013; and Dream States: Puvis de Chavannes, Modernism and the Fantasy of France, Yale University Press, 2002. She is Professor of Art History at Sonoma State University.
      In February 2018, she was invited to Paris as an expert in French art for the Getty funded program "Entangled Modernisms: Chinese Artists Trained in Europe." In May and June 2018, Jennifer spent a month at the ArtsIceland writers residency in Isafjordur where she completed a draft of her first novel.
      Jennifer has been happily married to John Arnold for 30 years. Their children William and Emily are 19 and 21 as of 2018. They both attend UC Berkeley, but they are not art history majors.

    • Jessica Stevenson-Stewart

    • Bio

      Jessica is a PhD candidate specializing in early sixteenth-century Netherlandish art and cultural exchange. Supervised by Professors Elizabeth Honig, Todd Olson, and Darcy Grigsby, her dissertation, Rules of Engagement: Art, Commerce, and Diplomacy in Golden-Age Antwerp, studies the art collections of three foreign merchants in Antwerp and their proximity to specific knowledge communities. She has received fellowships from the Fulbright Commission, the Belgian American Educational Foundation, and the Kress Foundation to support her research abroad. Having flirted in her youth with the idea of going to film school, Jessica also considers herself to be a bit of a film buff. She has a penchant for post-Neo-realist Italian cinema, the French New Wave, New German Cinema, and just about anything directed by Bergman, Fellini, Resnais, and Fassbinder. Prospective students and other friends of the department should feel free to contact Jessica by e-mail.

    • Uranchimeg Tsultem

    • Bio

      Uranchimeg (Orna) Tsultem (Ph.D. 2009) taught courses on contemporary art and Buddhist art at the Department of Art History at the National University of Mongolia in fall 2013 as an Associate Professor and a Khyentse Foundation Fellow. In spring 2014, Orna also taught a seminar on Asian contemporary art for the department.

      She organized a panel on Mongolian Buddhist art at the International Association of Tibetan Studies held in Ulaanbaatar in July 2013, where her Ph.D. advisor Pat Berger joined as a Discussant. Orna submitted her chapters as a contributor to an edited volume Buddhism in Mongolian History, Society, and Culture forthcoming with Oxford University Press later in 2014.

      Orna's other research project concentrates on contemporary Asian art. She presented her new research at the panel "Transnational Feminism" at CAA 2014. Orna received a collaborative research grant from ACLS/Robert H. N. Ho Family Foundation in 2014-2015.

    • Karl Whittington

    • Bio

      Karl Whittington (Ph.D. 2010) is Associate Professor of History of Art at The Ohio State University, where he has been teaching medieval art history since 2010. His essays have appeared in Gesta, Studies in Iconography, Mediaevalia, postmedieval, Transgender Studies Quarterly, Nineteenth Century Art Worldwide, The Gay and Lesbian Review, The Los Angeles Review of Books, and several edited volumes, and his first book, Body-Worlds: Opicinus de Canistris and the Medieval Cartographic Imagination, appeared in 2014 from the Pontifical Institute for Mediaeval Studies in Toronto. His current book project is entitled Trecento Pictoriality: Essays on Form and Meaning in the Age of Giotto.

    • Elaine Yau

    • Bio

      Elaine Y. Yau (2007) is currently completing her dissertation entitled, "Acts of Conversion: Sister Gertrude Morgan and the Sensation of Black Folk Art, 1960-1983." Additional research interests include African American art criticism, sensory cultures of religion, and theories of the vernacular. She also serves as an editor for Cultural Analysis, an interdisciplinary, peer-reviewed journal dedicated to investigating popular and expressive culture.

    • Antonia Young

    • Bio

      Antonia Young (2009) specializes in ancient Roman art, with an emphasis on Roman painting. She received her B.A. in Classical Civilizations from Wellesley College and her M.A. in Classics from U.C. Berkeley. As an art historian originally trained as a Classical philologist, her work explores the intersection of ancient Roman art, architecture, and literature. For example, her dissertation, “‘Green Architecture’: The Interplay of Art and Nature in Roman Houses and Villas” (supervised by Professor Christopher Hallett), examines the convergence of art and nature in Roman wall painting and garden design in five domestic—and historically significant—sites in Italy. Her analysis tacks between close readings of these sites and contemporary Latin literature in order to situate what is at work and at stake in Roman gardens—artistically, culturally, and historically—at the level of both “text” and “context”. Her other research interests include Etruscan art and archaeology and the reception of Classical culture (especially the sites of Pompeii and Herculaneum).