Current Masters Students

Last updated on June 25th, 2020.

A Avia Estrada, Marina
B Belli, Cristina
Bouichou, Marie
C Chu, Michelle
D DeBerry, Tess
Derrac Soria, Clara
Ding, Xinni
F Faulkner, Sarah
G Gallagher, Erin
Gu, Jiayi
Guan, Luming
Guan, Zhirui
Guh, Alison

H Hansen, Manuela
J Jain, Akshay
Jamison, Marcus
Javaheri-Saatchi, Laleh
M Masselli, Margaret
Meneses, Ana-Sofia
Morse, Hannah
P Pratt-Thompson, Katherine
S Shaker, Rotana
Sussmane, Nicole

T Tournaye, Aude
V Vargas de la Peña, Nínive
W Wang, Shaun
Wong, Jean
Y Ying, Euphie
Z Zevi, Clara
Zhan, Tiffany
Zhu, Shuni

Marina Avia Estrada

Marina Avia Estrada

MODA

Marina Avia Estrada is a first-year MODA student and a Fulbright Scholar from Spain. She holds a Master in Contemporary Art History and Visual Culture from the Museo Reina Sofía (2016) and a B.A. in Art History from the Universidad Autónoma de Madrid (2013). She has been awarded with several national and international scholarships.

Marina has held positions at the Real Academia de Bellas Artes de San Fernando, AECID Spain, Galería Maisterravalbuena, Centro de Arte Dos de Mayo, and Tabacalera Contemporary Art Center (Madrid), among others. She regularly collaborates with the Spanish Art Magazine Exit Express. Her research interests include gender and race, and activist art from the 70s to nowadays. She is currently a curatorial intern at the International Print Center of New York.

Clara Derrac Soria

Clara Derrac Soria

MODA

Clara Derrac Soria is a first-year MODA student and a 2019 -2021 Fulbright grantee. She holds an M.A. in Contemporary Art History and Visual Culture (Honors Thesis) from the Universidad Autonoma de Madrid, Universidad Complutense de Madrid, and Reina Sofia National Museum (2016), and a B.A. in Art History from the Universidad de Granada (2014). Her research interests include institutional critique and political art, with a particular focus on artistic practices that deal with immaterial labor and post-Fordist models of production in the digital medium. She has worked in several institutions in Spain, including Reina Sofia National Museum, Art Center Matadero, and Instituto Cervantes. Among other grants, Clara has received an Erasmus Scholarship to study at the Universite d’Artois (France) in 2013, and an ARGO Fellowship from the Spanish Ministry of Culture to undertake an internship at the International Studio and Curatorial Program in NY in 2017. She is currently a curatorial intern at the Public Art Fund.

Tess DeBerry

Tess DeBerry

MODA

Tess DeBerry graduated with a BA in History of Art, earning both departmental honors and university honors from Johns Hopkins University in 2019. Her research interests include Cold War era feminist performance, specifically the artistic production of women artists in East Germany in the 1970s and 1980s, and the way in which their work related to sociocultural and political issues. She currently works in the curatorial department at the Whitney Museum of American Art and at the Media Center for Art History.

Sarah Faulkner

MA in Art History

Japanese Art

Sarah Faulkner is a first-year MA student who studies Japanese art history, particularly Edo period paintings and woodblock prints. She is interested in analyzing the intersection of art and politics at transitional moments for cultures, focusing on understanding sociopolitical, gender, and cross-cultural relations through the study of both iconography and art’s role in society. As an undergraduate studying at the University of Alabama at Birmingham, her studies focused on the transmission and cultivation of elements of visual culture between and within communities both in India and the Himalayas, drawing on analysis of political exchange and sociology for interpretation.

Erin Gallagher

Erin Gallagher

MODA

Erin Gallagher is an educator and artist with particular interests in critical pedagogy, community arts education, and social justice. She currently works as an educator and programmer in teen, school, and family programs at the Metropolitan Museum of Art and the Museum of Modern Art. She was previously the Academic Programs Coordinator at the Brooklyn Museum where she taught college and graduate students, facilitated academic partnerships, and assisted with public programs. She led the Teen Arts & Culture Council at Friends of the High Line, creating activist spaces and summits for NYC youth. She also worked at BKM as an educator leading school, youth, family, and access programs and trained and managed a core group of 50+ Museum Guides in adult tours of the collection. As a teaching artist, Erin’s led gallery / studio classes for all ages and art-making workshops for various family programs. She is currently pursuing an MA in Modern and Contemporary Art at Columbia University (American Art; Diasporic, Queer, Feminist, Indigenous) and holds a BA in Art History & English from Vassar College.

Jiayi Gu

Jiayi Gu

MODA

Jiayi, who also goes by Estelle, joined the MODA program in the fall of 2019 upon receiving her B.A. with distinction and a concentration in art history and Italian from Sarah Lawrence College, where there is no traditional major requirements. She is primarily interested in Italian modern and contemporary art and institutional critique. As an undergraduate, she spent one year studying art history, museology and sociology at the Università di Firenze and Middlebury Sede in Italy. Previously, she has held internship at the Center for Italian Modern Art.

Manuela Hansen

Manuela Hansen

MODA

Modern and Contemporary Art, the Posthuman, Institutional Critique, Art from Latin America

Manuela Hansen is a Fulbright Scholar from Argentina currently pursuing an MA in Modern and Contemporary Art: Critical and Curatorial Studies at Columbia University. Her field of research includes Modern and Contemporary Art with a focus on the Posthuman, on Institutional Critique, and Latin America. Manuela currently serves at the Steering Committee of Miriam and Ira D. Wallach Art Gallery; she has served at MALBA Joven’s Steering Committee (Young Friends Association of the Museum of Latin American Art of Buenos Aires); as Professor of Latin American and Argentinean Art in Universidad del Salvador, Argentina; as Project Manager of Art Basel Cities: Buenos Aires; and as Artistic Director of Buenos Aires Art Week. Manuela earned her Bachelor of Arts (with Honors Diploma) in Arts Management and Art History at Universidad del Salvador, Argentina.

Akshay Jain

Akshay Jain

MODA

South Asia

Akshay Jain is a second year MODA student focusing on global comparative modernities, with particular interest in the art of South Asia and more broadly the Muslim world. He graduated with a BA from Cornell University, where he studied Art History and Film Studies. He has previously worked at Aicon Gallery, Christie's, and Delhi Art Gallery.

Marcus Jamison

Marcus Jamison

MODA

Photography and New Media

Marcus Jamison is a first year MODA student. He holds a BA in Art History (Cum Laude) from SUNY Purchase, and completed his undergraduate thesis on matters concerning institutional critique, specifically focusing on the Whitney Museum of American Art and the Brooklyn Museum. His research interests are concerned with the discourse of contemporaneity, beginning with the year 1989, as well as artists working in mediums such as New Media and Photography. He has held curatorial internships at Fridman Gallery and the Studio Museum in Harlem. He is currently a curatorial intern at the Robert Rauschenberg Foundation.

Laleh Javaheri-Saatchi

Laleh Javaheri-Saatchi

MA in Art History

Ancient Near Eastern Art

Laleh is a student of Art History with a particular fascination in the study of jewelry. Born in a multi-generational family of jewelers, she was exposed to jewelry throughout her life. The origins of forms, the history of fabrication techniques, and meaning in motifs and materials are amongst topics of interest. Combined with an interest in the arts of the ancient Near East, Laleh seeks to shed light through her studies on the various forms of bodily ornamentation preponderant in the ancient Near East. Bracelets from the Achaemenid period are a particular favorite. Laleh is also the mother of two boys, a long-time New Yorker, creates her own jewelry and is on the board of the Poets House in downtown NYC.

Ana-Sofia Meneses

Ana-Sofia Meneses

MA in Art History

Roman and Etruscan Art & Archaeology, Greek and Roman Theater

Ana-Sofia Meneses is a New Yorker, student of Art History, theater costumer, and archaeologist. She enjoys taking on innovative and meaningful projects, organizing chaos through creativity, and engaging with people's conceptions of the visual. She has worked with the Poggio Civitate Archaeological Project, Dig Umbria, The Metropolitan Museum of Art, Scala Publishing, The Juilliard School, Glimmerglass Opera Festival, and Target Margin Theater. These days, she fuses her Classics background and Art Historical scholarship with her love for costumes by studying ancient theater, particularly in the Roman world. She is interested in constructions of identity presented in outward appearance, and wonders what ancient theater mask type was the sweatiest.

Hannah Morse

Hannah Morse

MODA

Hannah Morse is a second-year MODA student and a 2019-2020 MODA Curatorial Fellow. Her thesis aims to critically analyze and locate Abdourahmane Sakaly’s (1926-1988) oeuvre within the discourse of Malian photography, and by doing so, makes visible the structures that shape the dominant historical narrative. As a MODA Curatorial Fellow, Hannah has curated a group exhibition at the Wallach Gallery titled “Reframing the Passport Photo”, which uses the passport photo as a lens through which to view contemporary issues associated with the globalized world: migration, nationalism, access, belonging, and personhood.

Katherine Pratt-Thompson

Katherine Pratt-Thompson

MA in Art History

Katherine is a first year student in the MA program, where she is studying art and visual culture of North America in the long nineteenth century. Her interests include representations of the landscape, print culture of the nineteenth century, and the intersections between art, science and ecocriticism.

Katherine received her bachelor's degree from Princeton University and has held positions at the Carter Center in Atlanta, GA, the Princeton University Art Museum, and the Thomas Cole National Historic Site.

Rotana Shaker

Rotana Shaker

MODA

Rotana is a second year MODA student and 2019-2020 MODA Curatorial Fellow at the Wallach. She is interested in contemporary art, with a particular focus on artists with links to the Middle East. Her thesis looks into the work of contemporary artists engaging with history, memory, and archives. She is currently curating an exhibition exploring these themes titled "A Bottomless Silence" which is set to open at the Wallach in the Spring.

Rotana received her B.S. (Magna Cum Laude) in Psychology and Art History from Tufts University. She has held internship positions at the New Museum, Whitney Museum of American Art, Museum of Modern Art, and Guggenheim, amongst other galleries and non-profit arts organizations in the U.S. and elsewhere.

Nicole Sussmane

Nicole Sussmane

MA in Art History

Nicole Sussmane is a second year MA student in Art History and Archaeology focusing on Roman Art, with a particular interest in sculpture. She received a BA in History from New York University. She currently works as a Legal Assistant at The Metropolitan Museum of Art.

Nínive Vargas de la Peña

Nínive Vargas de la Peña

MA in Art History

Nínive Vargas de la Peña is an MA Art History and Archaeology student, has a Bachelor in Literature, and a deep passion for the syncretic origins of the Mexican cultural identity. Most of her works have dwelled upon the Baroque Identity of Latin America, and the contrast of perspectives between the colonizer and what has been called “the vision of the defeated”. Her area of research spans between the 16th-18th centuries, with an emphasis in the Iberian Americas, with a special interest in the syncretic representations of evil, being humane or in the territory of the occult. Through her work, she wishes that the “vision of the defeated” can be permanently seen and represented.

Jean Wong

Jean Wong

MODA

Modern and Contemporary Art; Southeast Asian and East Asian Art

Jean Wong is a second-year MODA student who studies systems of discipline and their manifestations as architecture and communications infrastructure. She is interested in avant-garde art movements that resist and are enabled by these systems of discipline, and her research areas include 20th- and 21st-century Southeast and East Asia. Jean graduated from Bard College with a B.A. in Studio Arts and Art History (double major) where she studied oil painting, and classical and Renaissance art and architecture. Prior to entering the MODA program, Jean worked as a museum educator and art critic in Singapore.

Euphie Ying

Euphie Ying

MODA

Euphie is a first year MA student in the MODA program in the Art History Department at Columbia, where she studies and conducts research on postwar and contemporary art in a global context. She is interested in contemporary post-colonialist critical theories, avant-garde artistic practices of the Asian diaspora, and the modernism-postmodernism debate as reverberated in global artistic activities. Euphie grew up in Ningbo, China. She came to the United States and earned her BA degree with majors in art history and economics at the Johns Hopkins University in Baltimore.

Tiffany Zhan

Tiffany Zhan

MODA

East Asian Contemporary Art

After receiving her BA in 2019 at the University of Toronto, Tiffany entered into the MODA program to further her studies and investigations of East Asian, specifically Chinese, contemporary art and visual culture. With her undergraduate background in art history and arts management, and informed by her internship at the National Art Museum of China, her interests reside specifically in arts institutions, popular culture, as well as global artistic practices and theories.

Shuni Zhu

Shuni Zhu

MA in Art History

18/19th Century Europrean Art

Shuni Zhu is a first year MA student studying European art, focusing on French paintings, in the eighteenth and early nineteenth centuries. She received her B.A. with Honors in Art History from University of Southern California, with a minor in Communication Design. For her undergraduate thesis, she wrote on Edgar Degas and his atypical use of color. She explored how art historians have overemphasized the extent to which Degas was flouting the conventions of color of his time, and as broader cultural and intellectual debates about color swirled around him, Degas consciously separates from popular trends that resulted in the most Impressionist of his Impressionist paintings. She previously worked as an assistant organizer at the Getty, also interned at Christie’s, Make Room Gallery in Los Angeles, as well as MadeIn Gallery in Shanghai.