Current PhD Students

Last updated on July 17, 2017.

A Agarwala, Seher
B Barnard, Bailey
Bartel, Jens
Beach, Caitlin
Berninghausen, Gale
Bernstein, Margot
Biascoechea, Laura
Blair, Susannah
Bowyer, Emerson **
Boyd, Rachel E.W.
Bulger, Monica
C Campbell, Thomas Ian
Carlson, Raymond
Cataldo, Emogene
Choi, Connie
Christiaens, Karin
Cinar, Muge
Clemens, Olivia
Cohen, Lucas
Coman, Sonia
Cook, Emily Margaret
Cook, Lindsay
Crockett, Vivian
Croggon, Nicholas
Cushman, Carrie
D D'Addio, Sophia
Damman, Catherine
Dillon, Claire
Du, Xiaohan
E Ekserdjian, Alexander
Engler, Rachel
Ercan, Ayse
Espert, Yasmine
F Fein, Katherine
Fiske, Courtney
Floyd, Tiffany
Foner, Daria Rose
Fowler, Michael Anthony
Fucci, Robert

G Gans, Sofia
Gassaway, William
Gillman, Matthew
Gollnick, Beth
Gorant, Charlotte
HHorisaki-Christens, Nina
J Johal, Rattanamol
Jiang, Chen
K Kang, Charles
Kim, Esther
Kim, Hae Yeun
Kim, Jeewon
Kremnitzer, Kathryn
Kobasa, Clare
Kodzhabasheva, Ani
Kuromiya, Naomi
Kuruvilla, Tara
L Landsman, Rozemarijn
Le Pouésard, Emma
Levine, Adam
Lima, Alvaro Luis
Llorens, Natasha Marie
Lores-Chavez, Isabella
M Magloughlin, Amara
Marshall, Janina (Piper)
Marzullo, Francesca
Masilela, Nomaduma
Mayer, Mateusz
McCann, Natalie
Mellon, Diana
Menon, Arathi
Merkin, Sophia
Migwans, Crystal
Miller, Caitlin
Miller, Hasbrouck
Mohrmann, Michaela
Morgan, Nicholas
Muehlbauer, Mikael
Mustard, Maggie
N Niedbala, Steven
Ndungu, Jessica (Njeri)
Nisse, Cleo

P Peebles, Matt
Pesenti, Roberto
Pilavci, Turkan
Pires, Leah
R Ralston, Daniel
Ratch, Corey
SScheier-Dolberg, Joseph
Schneller, David
Schriber, Abbe
Shah, Siddhartha V.
Sledge, David
Soley, Teresa
Stavis, Jacob
Suh, Hwanhee
Superfine, Molly
Szalay, Gabriella
T Tamur, Erhan
Teti, Matthew
Tolstoy, Irina
U Unger, Gwen V Vazquez, Julia
Vazquez de Arthur, Andrea Fabiola
Vigotti, Lorenzo
van Oppen, Brian
von Preussen, Brigid
W Wang, Alexis
Wang, Y. L. Lucy
Weintraub, Alex
Wiesenberger, Robert
Werier, Leah
Woldman, Joseph
Wolley, Heather
Y Yang, Yu
Young, Gillian
Z Zawodzinski, Stephen
Zhu, Cathy
Zinner, Valerie

** Student has defended their dissertation but has not deposited.

Bailey Barnard

Bailey Barnard

Art, Architecture and Gift-Exchange in Ancient Greece

Bailey Barnard is a second year PhD student focusing on the art and architecture of gift-exchange in ancient Greece. She completed her MA in art history from the University of Nebraska in 2011. Her MA thesis examined pre-existing systems of reciprocal gift-exchange influential to the development of Hellenistic euergetism. During her coursework at the University of Nebraska she won the Howard Award for Scholarly Writing in Art History for her paper entitled, “Revival Styles in the Crescent City: Local Peculiarities and National Trends.” Bailey attended the American School of Classical Studies summer session and taught art history courses as an adjunct until entering the PhD program in 2014. She has excavated with the University of Nebraska’s Antiochia ad Cragum Research Project and Field School and with Prof. Mylonopoulos’s team at the sanctuary of Poseidon at Onchestos. 

Jens Bartel

Japanese Art; Edo period painting

Jens is a sixth-year PhD student in Japanese art history. He received his M.A. in East Asian Art History and Japanese Studies from the University of Heidelberg; his master's thesis centered on folding screen paintings by the Edo period painter Maruyama Ōkyo. His dissertation will investigate large-scale interior paintings on sliding doors and wall panels by the same artist, commissioned by Buddhist temples in and around Kyoto during the latter half of the 18th century. His broader interests include the critical perception of pre-modern, particularly Edo period art during the late 19th and early 20th centuries.

Caitlin Beach

Caitlin Beach

Caitlin studies art and visual culture in North America and the Atlantic world across the eighteenth and nineteenth centuries. She is currently the 2016-2018 Wyeth Fellow at the Center for Advanced Study in the Visual Arts, National Gallery of Art, where she is completing a dissertation on the intersection of sculpture, slavery, and commerce in the nineteenth-century Atlantic. Research for this project has been previously supported by fellowships from the Smithsonian American Art Museum and the Cathedral Fund at the Royal Academy of Arts, London. She received a B.A. from Bowdoin College in art history and history in 2010. 

Gale Berninghausen

Gale Berninghausen

South Asian Art and Architecture

Gale received her B.A. (Magna cum Laude with Highest Honors in Art History) from Middlebury College. Since joining Columbia's doctoral program in 2011, Gale has received her M.A. and M.Phil. degrees in South Asian art while also studying Chinese painting, Hindi, Urdu, and Sanskrit.  She is currently working on a dissertation that examines 18th and 19th century wall paintings in select temples and palaces of the Kangra Valley (Himachal Pradesh, northern India). The dissertation broadly explores artistic and political interactions between late Mughal, Hindu, and Sikh courts in the Punjab and lower Himalayan regions, with analysis of the transition from the lauded Kangra tradition of painting on paper and its associated religious literature to a similar yet unstudied modality of wall painting in both sacred and courtly contexts.   Gale's professional experience includes work for Sotheby's Indian and Southeast Asian Art Department, Johns Hopkins University' East Asian Studies Program, Middlebury College Museum of Art, management of a contemporary art gallery in Mumbai, and teaching art history at the undergraduate level. 

Margot Bernstein

Margot Bernstein

Margot Bernstein is a Ph.D. candidate specializing in eighteenth-century art and material culture. Her dissertation, "Carmontelle's Profile Pictures and the Things that Made Them Modern," examines hundreds of portraits on paper produced by Louis Carrogis called Carmontelle (1717-1806), a French amateur draftsman. Margot received a B.A. (2010) in art history and history from Williams College and an M.A. (2012) in the History of Art from the Courtauld Institute of Art, as well as an M.A. (2014) and an M.Phil. (2015) from Columbia University. She has also held internships at the Metropolitan Museum of Art, the Frick Collection, the Morgan Library & Museum, the New-York Historical Society, the Calder Foundation, and the Williams College Museum of Art.

Susannah Blair

Nineteenth-century French and European Art

Susannah is a third-year PhD student concentrating in nineteenth-century French and European art and visual culture. She holds a master’s degree in the History of Art from Williams College and graduated with high honors from Swarthmore College in 2008. Before coming to Columbia, Susannah worked in curatorial departments at the Clark Art Institute and at the J. Paul Getty Museum.

Emerson Bowyer

Emerson Bowyer

Nineteenth-century visual culture; art and technology; law and the image; histories of paperwork and bureaucracy

Emerson is currently an Andrew W. Mellon Curatorial Fellow at the Frick Collection, New York. There he will complete his dissertation, "Numismatic Modernity: Economies of Representation in France, 1800-1840," which pursues the pre-history of our current financial "crisis." It considers the production and consumption of medals, monuments, and monetary objects in a period driven by—seemingly antagonistic—experiences of heightened historical consciousness, on the one hand, and the future-oriented abstractions of speculative finance, on the other.

Recent publications include "Monographic Impressions," in Reconsidering Gérôme (Scott Allan and Mary Morton, eds., Getty Publications, 2010), and a review of Victor Stoichita's The Pygmalion Effect: From Ovid to Hitchcock (Visual Resources 26:2 [2010]). Emerson is also the editor of a forthcoming special issue of Grey Room, focused on nineteenth-century technologies of reproduction. He holds a B.A. and a law degree from the University of Sydney, Australia.

Rachel Boyd

Rachel E. Boyd

Italian Renaissance Art and Architecture; 18th- and 19th-Century Italian Architecture and Landscape

Rachel studies Italian Renaissance art and architecture, with a particular interest in sculpture, decorative arts, and workshop practice. Her dissertation, in progress, examines the Della Robbia family's invention and development of a distinctive form of sculpture in glazed terracotta, c. 1430-1550. Rachel is the 2017-2020 David E. Finley Fellow at the Center for Advanced Study in the Visual Arts; additional honors include a Samuel H. Kress Institutional Fellowship at the Kunsthistorisches Institut in Florenz (2015-2017), and awards from the Italian Art Society and Columbia University. She is currently participating in a research exchange with the University of Glasgow's Technical Art History Group, focusing on techniques for the examination of polychrome sculpture. Rachel has held internships at the Metropolitan Museum of Art, the Yale University Art Gallery, the Frick Collection, and most recently at the Museum of Fine Arts, Boston, where she contributed research for the exhibition "Della Robbia: Sculpting in Color in Renaissance Florence" (Boston and Washington, 2016-2017). Rachel holds a B.A. in the history of art and Italian from Yale University and an M.Phil. in the history of art from the University of Cambridge, where she was a Gates Cambridge Scholar. 

Monica Bulger

Monica Bulger

Ancient Greek Art and Archaeology

Monica is a third year PhD student studying ancient Greek art and archaeology. Her primary focus is the early development of the interior space of the Greek temple and its decorative elements. She is also interested in the stabilization of boundaries by means of sculptures in pre-Classical Greece, as well as the reception of classical culture in the British Empire and American colonies. In 2015 she received her BA, graduating summa cum laude from New York University with high honors in Art History and Classics. Upon graduating from NYU, she was awarded the Lionel Casson Prize in Classics and the Faculty Choice Award in Art History. She has completed internships at Christie’s and the Art of the Ancient World Department at the Museum of Fine Arts, Boston. She excavated with NYU’s Yeronisos Island Excavations from 2013-2015 as a trench supervisor and member of senior staff. Since 2015, she has excavated with Professor Mylonopoulos's team at the Sanctuary of Poseidon at Onchestos.

Thomas Ian Campbell

Thomas Ian Campbell

Thomas Ian Campbell studies modern and contemporary art, with a focus on post-WWII art in Europe and America. He received his B.A. in Art History and Comparative Literature from Binghamton University in 2008. His research interests include the history of technology, print and media distribution, and sound. He is currently at work on his dissertation, which analyzes three audiocassette 'magazines'—Audio Arts, Tellus, and New Wilderness Audiographics—and their relationship to alternative spaces and post-conceptual art practices.

Raymond Carlson

Raymond Carlson

Raymond specializes in Italian Renaissance and Baroque art. He received his B.A. (Magna Cum Laude, Phi Beta Kappa) from Yale University in 2011 with a double major in Art History and Italian. As a recipient of the Paul Mellon Fellowship from 2011-13, Raymond completed two consecutive M.Phil.s at the University of Cambridge in Italian and Art History.

Emogene Cataldo

Emogene S. Cataldo

Medieval Art & Architecture; Digital Humanities

Emogene studies late medieval art, architecture, and urban identity. She received her B.A. (Magna Cum Laude, Phi Beta Kappa) with Distinction in Studio Art in 2010 from Carleton College, where she was also a recipient of the Larson International Fellowship. Prior to entering the Ph.D. program in 2014, Emogene collaborated with several museums through her work in interactive design and art education, including the Walker Art Center, the Smithsonian Institution, the Asian Art Museum of San Francisco, the Krannert Art Museum, and the University of Michigan Museum of Art.

Karin Christiaens

Karin Christiaens

Ancient Greek and Roman Art and Archaeology

Karin is a second year PhD student interested in the study of the eastern Mediterranean under the Roman Empire, particularly with respect to cross-cultural interactions and the interplay of continuity and change. She graduated magna cum laude from The College of New Jersey (B.A., Art History and English, 2010) and The University of Chicago (A.M., Humanities: Classical Art and Archaeology, 2011). Her Master's thesis "Visual Culture of the Second Sophistic: Implications for Identity in Roman Athens," explored the complex political and cultural relationship, negotiated in part through visual means, between Greece and Rome in the early Imperial period. Prior to entering the PhD program, Karin received a Post-baccalaureate certificate in Greek and Latin from the Classics Department at Columbia University (2013). She has excavated at the Athenian Agora (2011-2013); the Columbia APAHA excavations at Hadrian's Villa (2014-2015) under the direction of Prof. de Angelis and Prof. Maiuro; as well as the Columbia excavations at the Sanctuary of Poseidon at Onchestos in Boeotia (2014-2015) under the direction of Prof. Mylonopoulos, where she will serve as a site supervisor beginning in the 2016 season.

Olivia Clemens

Arts of Islamic world; History of collecting; Historiography 

Olivia studies the arts of the Islamic world, and is particularly interested in cross-cultural exchange in the early modern period, historiography, and the history of collecting and display. Prior to coming to Columbia, she was a Research Assistant in the Art of the Middle East department at LACMA, where she worked on LACMA's Damascus Room project. She received her BA in Art History from UCLA. 

Sonia Coman

Sonia Coman

Eighteenth- and Nineteenth-Century French Art; Japanese Art; the History of Collecting

Sonia received her BA in Art History with a Secondary Field in Studio Art from Harvard University (Magna cum Laude, Phi Beta Kappa). She worked as a student docent for the Harvard Art Museums and as a curatorial intern in the Department of Paintings at the Louvre Museum. Since joining the PhD program at Columbia, Sonia received MA and MPhil degrees, traveled to Paris for research on an Alliance Program Doctoral Mobility Grant, and wrote reviews of contemporary art. Her dissertation explores how the reinvention of French ceramics under the influence of Japanese art contributed to the emergence of modernism. Sonia is an avid reader and writer of Japanese verse. Her poetry has been awarded and published internationally. She is fluent in Italian, Romanian, French, and Japanese.

Emily Margaret Cook

Emily Margaret Cook

Roman Art History and Archaeology; Materiality; Reception Studies; Media Practices and Theory

Emily is an advanced PhD Candidate whose research focuses on the selection, exploitation, and reception of materials in Roman art, especially sculpture. Her dissertation, entitled “Legacies of Matter: Tradition, Innovation, and Remediation in the Materials of Roman Ideal Sculpture”, examines the relationships between materials – productive, imitative, and transformative – that construct the materiality of Roman ideal sculpture and, in particular, document the Roman reception of the media practices of earlier artistic traditions. An intensive study of contextually-specific Roman materiality, her thesis is also an investigation of the nature of the reception of media practices that engages with scholarship on New Media and a historiography of the western reception of Roman materiality that is rooted, especially, in 18th and 19th century engagements with Roman sculpture. Since 2014, Emily has been the Lararium Area Archaeological Supervisor for Columbia University's excavation and global course at Hadrian’s Villa at Tivoli, Italy. She has previously excavated at the Villa San Marco in Castellammare di Stabia, Italy. She has held a Columbia University GSAS Research Excellence Dissertation Fellowship, the W. Stuart Thompson Memorial Fellowship, and a Jacob K. Javits Fellowship. She has earned an M.A. (2012) and an M.Phil. (2013) at Columbia University and holds a B.A. in Classics and Art History (2009) from Johns Hopkins University.

Lindsay Cook

Lindsay Cook

Medieval Art and Architecture; 18th- and 19th-century medieval architectural revivalism

Lindsay is an advanced Ph.D. candidate specializing in Gothic architecture. Her dissertation considers the role of the cathedral chapter of Notre-Dame of Paris in the construction of parish churches in the Paris region. She earned her M.A. (2013) and M.Phil. (2014) from Columbia and her B.A. in Art History and French from Vassar College (2010). As an undergraduate, she wrote a thesis about projects--including one by Philip Johnson--for a new chapel at Vassar in the 1950s, and she worked for two summers at Frank Lloyd Wright's Robie House. Before entering the Ph.D. program in 2011, Lindsay contributed to an exhaustive public sculpture database for the Chicago Park District, worked on the 2011 French Decorative Arts Symposium at the Alliance Française de Chicago, and served as a panorama photographer for Mapping Gothic France. Her M.A. paper at Columbia considered the propaganda value of photography in a 1919 book about Reims Cathedral. She contributed to the Rare Book and Manuscript Library exhibition of medieval Bibles Writing the Word, the digital humanities project Chant Manuscripts, and the print catalogue for The Architect's Library, an exhibition of notable architectural books from the collection at Vassar. She is currently a consultant for FAB-Musiconis, a collaborative digital humanities project in medieval musical iconography. As a complement to her research, Lindsay has coordinated undergraduate study trips to Amiens and Jerusalem for art history travel seminars and served as the program assistant for interdisciplinary Columbia summer programs in Paris and Venice.

Vivian Crockett

Vivian Crockett

Modern and Contemporary Art; Queer and Gender Theory; Latin America and Diasporas; African Diaspora

Vivian Crockett joined Columbia as a PhD student in 2012, having completed her B.A. in Art History at Stanford University in 2006. She is a PhD candidate completing a dissertation on the participatory and film-based work produced by two Brazilian artists, Hélio Oiticica and Lygia Pape, in the late 1960s through the 1970s. Her work focuses largely on art of African diasporas, (Afro)Latinx diasporas, and Latin America at the varied intersections of race, gender, and queer theory. Vivian has previously worked at the San Francisco Museum of Modern Art, where she held a three-year position as a research assistant in the museum’s Painting and Sculpture department and currently works independently with various institutions and senior scholars. She recently published a comprehensive chronology on Lygia Pape for the 2017 Met Breuer Pape retrospective. In 2015 she was a guest curator for Dirty Look’s biennial On Location series, a month-long series of site-specific screenings of queer cinema around New York City. She is presently co-curating Visual AIDS’ 2017 Day With(out) Art film programming, set to premiere at the Whitney in December 2017. 

Nicholas Croggon

Nicholas Croggon

Nicholas Croggon is the Turza Family Fellow in the Department of Art History & Archaeology at Columbia University, where he is completing his PhD in modern and contemporary art. Nicholas graduated with first class honours in art history and law from the University of Melbourne, and previously worked as a public interest lawyer.  He is the co-founder and co-editor of the Australian contemporary art journal Discipline

Carrie Cushman

Carrie Cushman

Japanese Modern Art and Architecture

Carrie Cushman graduated from Vanderbilt University with a B.A. in Art History, and she holds a certificate in Japanese from Cornell University. She joined Columbia as a Ph.D. student in 2011 and received her M.Phil. in 2014. She specializes in Modern Japanese Art and Architecture, with research interests in modern ruins, the aesthetics of disaster, urban redevelopment, and the role of ruins, both natural and man-made, in narratives of postwar history. Her dissertation focuses on the photographer Miyamoto Ryūji, whose images of ruins engage multiple layers of trauma in the contemporary Japanese experience. Carrie was the recipient of the 2014-15 Meyerson Teaching Award in Art Humanities. During the 2015-16 academic year, she will be conducting research for her dissertation as a Fulbright Graduate Research Fellow in Japan.

Sophia D'Addio

Sophia D'Addio

Renaissance Art and Architecture; Intersections between Art and Music

Sophia D’Addio graduated from Colgate University with a B.A. in Creative Writing and Medieval and Renaissance Studies, and she holds M.A. degrees in Italian (Middlebury College), Music Performance (Queens College), and Art History (University of Pennsylvania). She joined the doctoral program at Columbia in 2011 and received her M.Phil. in 2013. Her dissertation on painted organ shutters produced in Renaissance Italy aims to establish a new interpretive framework for these objects in light of their original musico-liturgical context. Sophia’s research has been supported by an RSA-Kress Centro Branca Research Fellowship, a Rudolf Wittkower Dissertation Grant, a Gladys Krieble Delmas Foundation Grant, a Casa Muraro Residential Fellowship, and a Mellon Humanities International Travel Fellowship. She currently teaches Art Humanities at Columbia and spends her summers working for Columbia’s study abroad program in Venice, for which she serves as both program coordinator and instructor for the course “Art in Venice: Torcello to Tiepolo.”

Catherine Damman

Catherine Damman

Modern and Contemporary Art

Catherine’s research focuses on performance and the history of art, including experimental dance, theater, film, and music. Her writing has been commissioned by institutions such as the Walker Art Center, the ICA London, and MoMA PS1 and publications such as Art Journal, Women & Performance, Art in America, and Artforum online. Her article, “Dance, Sound, Word: The ‘Hundred-Jointed Body’ in Zurich Dada Performance,” is forthcoming in The Germanic Review. Catherine is completing her dissertation—on the entanglements of narrative, media, and performance in American art of the 1970s—as the 2016–2018 Chester Dale Fellow at the Center for Advanced Study in the Visual Arts (CASVA).

Claire Dillon

Claire Dillon

Medieval art and architecture; southern European art; art of the Islamic world

Claire studies the intersections of visual cultures, identities, and faiths in the medieval Mediterranean. She entered the PhD program in 2017 after completing her M.Phil. in Medieval Language, Literature and Culture at Trinity College Dublin as a Mitchell Scholar, with a focus on the Kingdom of Sicily. She earned her B.A. in Art History and Italian from Northwestern University, where she was a Mellon Mays Fellow and received the J. Carson Webster Prize for Distinguished Honors Thesis for her work on identity negation and negotiation in the art of Felix Gonzalez-Torres. She previously worked as the editorial assistant for the College Art Association’s Art Journal and as Director of Education and Outreach for ART WORKS Projects. She also held internships in Italy, Ireland, and Rapa Nui (Easter Island), where she supported public and student engagement with the arts.

Xiaohan Du

Xiaohan Du

Chinese painting and calligraphy

Xiaohan studies the history of Chinese art and Japanese art, with a focus on the pre-modern period. She received her B.A. with Honors in Art History from Hamilton College in 2012, with a minor in History. She studied French and European art in Paris, where she also had an internship with Museé Guimet. Prior to coming to Columbia in the fall following her graduation, she interned with the Chinese works of art department at Christie's New York office, as well as the Japanese and Korean painting department at the Cleveland Museum of Art in Ohio.

Alex Ekserdjian

Alexander Ekserdjian

Roman and Etruscan art and archaeology; cross-cultural votive giving

a.ekserdjian@columbia.edu
Alexander entered the Ph.D. program in 2015, and works on sculpture in Roman and pre-Roman Italy. He is interested in the material culture of religion and the transmission of artistic ideas to and from Italy. He has reviewed books related to votive giving and he collaborated in the preparation of the upcoming show Agents of Faith (Bard Graduate Center Gallery, opening September 2018), as well as contributing to its catalogue. Alexander graduated from St. John’s College, Oxford with a double first in Classical Archaeology and Ancient History. His thesis tackled the votive bronzes from the Lago degli Idoli on Monte Falterona, now in the British Museum. He excavated for three seasons at the Sangro Valley Project in the Abruzzo (student supervisor 2014, 2015), and has excavated since 2016 as part of the APAHA program at Hadrian’s Villa, Tivoli.

Ayşe Ercan

Ayse Ercan

Ayşe Ercan is an active archaeologist and a doctoral candidate in the Department of Art History and Archaeology at Columbia University. She maintains a wide range of research interests that include settlement archaeology, trade in the medieval world, and interactions between cultural heritage and modern cityscapes in Turkey. She holds a B.A. in Archaeology from Istanbul University (2007) and a M.A. in Art History and Archaeology from Koç University, Istanbul (2010). Her Masters dissertation provided the first synthetic historical account of the harbor of Theodosios (modern-day Yenikapı, Istanbul) through a critical study of the recent archaeological excavations conducted by the Istanbul Archaeological Museums. She has participated in scholarly programs organized by Dumbarton Oaks, Kunsthistorisches Institut in Florenz, and École des Hautes Études en Sciences Sociales. In addition to her current research project on the Mangana complex of Constantine IX Monomachos located in Istanbul, Ercan has participated in numerous excavations in Turkey such as Perge, Sagalassos, Aphrodisias, Gre Amer in Batman, Küçükyalı and Rhegion in Istanbul, and Onchestos in Greece.

Yasmine Espert

Yasmine Espert

Yasmine Espert is an Art History PhD Candidate at Columbia University. Her dissertation examines filmmaking practices in the Caribbean diaspora. She was the graduate fellow for the Digital Black Atlantic Project, a working group supported by the Center for the Study of Social Difference. Yasmine is the former Editor of sx visualities, a Small Axe Project; for their online platform she produced "MADE VULNERABLE," a Curated Project about the sensorial experience of vulnerability. She recently contributed to the Museum of Modern Art's (MoMA) Museum Research Consortium and Self-Knowledge: A History, for Oxford Philosophical Concepts. Support for her work includes a Mellon Humanities International Travel Fellowship and a Fulbright research grant.

Katherine Fein

Katherine Fein

Katherine studies art and visual culture in the United States in the nineteenth and early twentieth centuries. Prior to entering the PhD program in 2017, she received an MEd in Arts in Education from Harvard University and a BA in History from Yale University. She has worked at the Brooklyn Museum, the Isabella Stewart Gardner Museum, and the Yale University Art Gallery, and contributes to The Art Genome Project at Artsy.

Courtney Fiske

Courtney Fiske

Modern and Contemporary Art

Courtney Fiske is a fifth-year doctoral candidate specializing in 20th-century American art. Her dissertation concerns Gordon Matta-Clark and the question of sculpture circa 1970. She has taught widely in Columbia's undergraduate curriculum, including courses on the neo-avant-garde and the history of Western art. She graduated from Harvard, summa cum laude, in May 2011She is a frequent contributor to Artforum’s websiteHer writing has also appeared in Grey Room, Art in America, The Brooklyn Rail, Film Comment, and various artists’ books. Prior to attending Columbia, she was a curatorial researcher at Dia Art Foundation, where her focus was the Carl Andre retrospective. She previously worked with the Judd Foundation in both New York and Marfa, Texas. 

Daria Foner

Daria Rose Foner

Daria Rose Foner is a doctoral student specializing in Italian Renaissance painting and sculpture. She received her B.A. from Princeton University in 2011 and her M.Phil. under the direction of Deborah Howard from the University of Cambridge in 2012. In the UK, she focused her scholarship on depictions of Saint Catherine of Alexandria and received a Brancusi Award to travel to Italy to pursue research for her Master's dissertation. During her time in Cambridge, Daria volunteered at the Fitzwilliam Museum and presented papers at conferences at the University of Birmingham and the University of Edinburgh. She has held internships at the Metropolitan Museum of Art, the Uffizi Gallery, and the Marianne Boesky Gallery. Prior to attending university, Daria danced with the Norwegian National Ballet.

Michael Anthony Fowler

Michael Anthony Fowler

Greek and Near Eastern art and archaeology; human sacrifice; emotional dynamics of art; material religion; archaeology and iconography of ritual; violence in art

Michael is an ABD Ph.D. candidate, currently writing a dissertation entitled "Human sacrifice in Greek antiquity: between myth, image, and reality". Since 2015 he has been an active member of Prof. Mylonopoulos' excavation at the sanctuary of Poseidon in Onchestos, and recently stepped into the role of supervisor of Site B (the administrative center). In summer 2014, Michael was Visiting Lecturer at the Institute for Classical Archaeology, Eberhard Karls University of Tübingen. Michael also interned for two consecutive summers (2011, 2012) in the Collection of Vases and Minor Arts at the National Archaeological Museum, Athens. He remains an annual contributor to the Chronique archéologique de la religion grecque (ChronARG) and Assistant Review Editor for Les Carnets de l'ACoSt (Association for Coroplastic Studies). 

Michael was educated at Columbia University (M.Phil., 2013; M.A., 2012), Tufts University (M.A., 2010), Harvard University (M.T.S., 2008), and The Colorado College (B.A., 2006). After spending the 2015-2016 academic year in Greece as an Alexander S. Onassis Foundation Fellow, Michael is excited to return to the classroom as an Art Humanities Instructor.

Robert Fucci

Robert Fucci

Renaiassance and Baroque European Art

Robert Fucci's primary research area is Dutch and Flemish art of the 17th century with a particular focus on the history of printmaking. His dissertation in progress, "Jan van e Velde II (c. 1593-1641): The Printmaker as Creative Artist in the Early Dutch Republic," focuses on the print medium as a site for innovative imagery in the years following Dutch independence. In 2015, he curated the exhibition Rembrandt's Changing Impressions for the Wallach Art Gallery. Currently he is the 2013-2016 David E. Finley Fellow at the Center for Advanced Study in the Visual Arts (CASVA) at the National Gallery of Art.

Sofia Gans

Sofia Gans

Early Christian and Medieval Art and Architecture; Applications of Digital Technology in Teaching of Art History

Sofia Gans graduated from Vassar College in 2009 with a degree in art history and French. Her area of focus is early Christian and medieval art and architecture, specifically the relationships between objects and the built environment and the arts of pilgrimage. Additionally, Sofia spent two summers traveling to France with Columbia's Media Center for Art History, working on the Mellon-funded Mapping Gothic France research database. This project, along with a year and a half spent working in the Education department of the Metropolitan Museum of Art, also gave Sofia a strong interest in teaching art history in both a classroom and museum setting, specifically applications of new technology to further access and engagement with objects and sites.

William T. Gassaway

William T. Gassaway

Pre-Columbian Art and Architecture

William earned his B.A. in Art History from the University of New Mexico, where he wrote his undergraduate thesis on the commodification of Maya cultural patrimony. Now, as a doctoral candidate in pre-Columbian art history, William is largely engaged with indigenous representations of the body and the cosmos in ancient Mexico. He has deep interests in Latin American modernism, antiquarianism, phenomenology, and the visual culture of the American Southwest as well.

In his dissertation, titled "Extraordinary Bodies: Divine Deformation among the Aztecs (AD 1350-1521),” William offers the first expressly art historical discussion of the forms, contexts and meanings of aggrieved and misshapen bodies within the arts of Central Mexico.

Matthew Elliott Gillman

Matthew Elliott Gillman

Medieval Aesthetics; Modern Biography

Matthew entered the Ph.D. program in 2014, previously reading Near & Middle Eastern Studies at the University of Washington in Seattle (B.A. with honors, 2011) and the University of Chicago (M.A., 2013). His dissertation will examine the aesthetics and economics of medieval glass; additional areas of research include early modern arts of the book and the lives of Qajar/Persian exiles. Since 2016 he has cataloged, as part of a digitization initiative, nearly two hundred Arabic, Persian, and Ottoman Turkish manuscripts held at Columbia’s Rare Book & Manuscript Library. His writing is forthcoming in Espacio Tiempo y Forma and the series A History of Persian Literature.

Beth Gollnick

Beth Gollnick

Feminism, photography, film, installation art, expanded cinema

Beth Gollnick studies modern and contemporary art with a special interest in photography and film. Her work focuses on issues related to feminism, institutional critique, materiality/dematerialization, and spatial politics. Beth received her BA with honors in Art History and English from the University of California, Los Angeles, where her undergraduate thesis received an Award for Scholastic Excellence.

Nina Horisaki-Christens

Nina Horisaki-Christens

Nina Horisaki-Christens entered the PhD program in 2013, and her current research focuses on histories of Japanese performance and media art from the late 1960s through the 1970s. Prior to entering Columbia's PhD program, she was a 2012-13 Helena Rubinstein Curatorial Fellow in the Whitney Museum's Independent Study Program, for which she co-curated Maintenance Required at The Kitchen, and she also worked as Research Assistant for Gutai: Splendid Playground at the Solomon R. Guggenheim Museum. As Assistant Curator and Interim Program Manager at Art in General, she curated exhibitions, residencies, and commissions with New York-based and Eastern European emerging artists. Horisaki-Christens was a 2008-09 Lori Ledis Curatorial Fellow at BRIC Rotunda Gallery, and Summer 2013 Curator-in-Residence at Seoul Art Space Geumcheon (Korea). She has contributed to publications produced by The Whitney Museum of American Art, Independent Curators International, Art21.com, Flux Factory, and Art in General. She holds a B.F.A. in Sculpture and Japanese Language and Literature from Washington University in St. Louis.

Chen Jiang

Chen Jiang

Modern Japanese Art

Chen Jiang is a first-year PhD student studying modern Japanese art. Her research focuses on the artistic interactions between Japan and China during the Meiji period. She is also interested in tourist photography, export art, and art exhibitions of modern Japan. She graduated summa cum laude from Amherst College in 2015 with a B.A. in History of Art. She then received her M.St. in History of Art & Visual Culture from Oxford University in 2016, where she examined in her dissertation the artistic career of the nanga painter Noguchi Shōhin. Prior to entering Columbia, she has held internships at the Museum of Fine Arts in Boston, Mead Art Museum, Pace Gallery, and Ullens Center for Contemporary Art.

Rattanamol Johal

Rattanamol Singh Johal

Modern and Contemporary Art

Rattan entered the doctoral program in 2013 after earning a BA (summa cum laude) in Art History & Political Science at the Macaulay Honors College, CUNY (2009) and an MA (with Distinction) at the Courtauld Institute of Art, London (2011). He is currently the C-MAP Asia Fellow in the Department of Media and Performance Art at MoMA and the Helena Rubinstein Critical Studies Fellow at the Whitney Independent Study Program. From 2016-2018, he is a collaborating curator for the Liverpool Biennial Associate Artists Program. He has previously worked in various capacities, including curator, archivist and publications editor at Khoj International Artists' Association in New Delhi. Interested in exploring the afterlives of the documentary mode, he examines artistic practices from around the globe that continue to critically push the genre into speculative, fictive, forensic, and other terrains.

Charles Kang

Charles Kang

Charles studies eighteenth-century French art, with a focus on visual traditions and media beyond the familiar hierarchies of the academy system. Before joining Columbia's doctoral program, he received a B.A. in art history from the University of Chicago and an M.A. in art history from Williams College. His dissertation examines wax-based objects—sculpture, painting, and anatomical models—that supersede established Enlightenment categorizations of art and science.

Jeewon Kim

Jeewon Kim

Jeewon studies the history of Japanese art and architecture. Her research focuses on urbanization in Korea under Japanese colonial rule and visual cultures of Japanese imperialism. She received her A.B. with honors in Art History from Dartmouth College and a Master’s from the University of Chicago, where she examined the depiction of political events in Meiji prints for her thesis. Jeewon has worked for Leeum Samsung Museum of Art on various exhibitions as a project-based researcher and translator, and held internships at The Museum of Modern Art and the Solomon R. Guggenheim Museum. Her studies have been supported by fellowships and grants from Dartmouth College, The Korea Foundation, Weatherhead East Asian Institute, and the Ichiro Shirato Fund. This year, she will be serving as a Teaching Fellow for Asian Art Humanities. 

Clare Kobasa

Clare Kobasa

Sixteenth- and seventeenth-century southern European art; Works on paper

After entering the Ph.D. program in 2011, Clare earned her M.A. (2013) and M.Phil. (2014). She received a B.A. in 2010 from Swarthmore College with a double major in history and art history. Currently, she is a PhD Fellow at the Bibliotheca Hertziana – Max Planck Institute for Art History in Rome where she is working on her dissertation, "Sacred Impressions: Printmaking in seventeenth-century Sicily".

Ani Kodzhabasheva

Ani Kodzhabasheva

Modern Architecture

Ani is a PhD candidate in Art History with a certificate in Comparative Literature.She is trained as an architectural historian with a focus on modernist movements from the nineteenth to the late twentieth century. Ani is currently in the beginning stages of a dissertation on architecture's relationship to imperial transformations in the Balkans around the turn of the twentieth century.
Before coming to Columbia, Ani completed an M.St. (with distinction) at Oxford, for which she wrote a thesis on mining facilities in post-industrial West Germany. She has received grants and scholarships from the Harriman Institute for Russian, Eurasian, and East European Studies, the British Arts and Humanities Research Council, and the German Academic Exchange Service, among others. Ani has presented at various conferences on topics including Bauhaus photo books, modernist architecture in Brazil, and the Berlin TV tower.

Naomi Kuromiya

Naomi Kuromiya

Naomi studies modern Japanese art history. Her research interests include the postwar intersections of “avant-garde” and “tradition,” and artistic interactions between Japan, the U.S., and France. She entered the PhD program in 2017 after completing her M.A. at the Institute of Fine Arts, NYU, with a thesis that examined the global influence of the postwar Japanese calligraphy collective, Bokujin-kai. She previously earned an A.B. with honors in the History of Art and French Literature from Brown University. Prior to coming to Columbia, Naomi worked for The Lyonel Feininger Project, and for The Museum of Modern Art, where she held the 2012-2014 Dedalus Fellowship in the Archives.

Tara Kuruvilla

Tara Kuruvilla

Museums in Colonial and Postcolonial India; Historiography; South Asian Modern and Contemporary Art

Tara is a third-year PhD student and the Steven Kossak Graduate Fellow in Indian Art History. Her research interests include colonial studies, the history of collecting and display in South Asia, and art-historical historiography. She holds a B.A. in Art History from New York University (2012), an M.A. in Modern Art: Critical and Curatorial Studies (2015) and an M. A. in Art History (2016) from Columbia University. While enrolled in the MODA program, Tara co-curated a curious blindness at the Miriam and Ira D. Wallach Art Gallery. The exhibition reflected upon a moment captured by eighteen early to mid-career artists who engage with the complex climate of race and identity politics in a purportedly post-racial era.

Tara has held internships at Sotheby’s, The Rubin Museum of Art, Christie’s and Haunch of Venison. Prior to joining Columbia, she worked as a Curatorial Assistant at the Dr. Bhau Daji Lad Museum, Mumbai.

Rozemarijn Landsman

Rozemarijn Landsman

Rozemarijn Landsman specializes in the Dutch seventeenth century. She received her B.A. and M.A. in the History of Art from the University of Amsterdam, followed by an M.A. from the Courtauld Institute of Art in London. Previously, she was the Joseph F. McCrindle Curatorial Intern at the National Gallery of Art in Washington D.C., and she has held graduate internships at various other institutions, including the Amsterdam Museum, the J. Paul Getty Museum in Los Angeles, and the Morgan Library and Museum.

Adam Harris Levine

Adam Harris Levine

Medieval European Art

Adam Harris Levine studies medieval European art. He received his MA in the History of Art from the Courtauld Institute of Art, London, where he wrote his dissertation on gothic ivories. His masters research recently appeared in the Sculpture Journal (2014). Adam received his BA in Art History and Spanish Literature from McGill University, Montreal, Quebec. At Columbia, his research focuses on late medieval sculpture and decorative arts.

Natasha Marie Llorens

Natasha Marie Llorens

Modern and Contemporary Art

Natasha Marie Llorens' doctoral research is focused on Algerian national cinema and representations of revolutionary violence in the 1960s and 1970s. She works as independent curator based in New York and her recent projects include "Threshing Floors" at Cuchifritos Gallery on the Lower East Side and "Frames of War" at Momenta Art in Brooklyn. She is a graduate of the Center for Curatorial Studies at Bard College. 

Isabella Lores-Chavez

Isabella Lores-Chavez

Isabella is a third year in the PhD program at Columbia working on 17th century Dutch painting. She received her Bachelor of Arts (Magna Cum Laude, Phi Beta Kappa) in Art History from Yale University in 2012. In 2013, she curated a small exhibition of drawings at the Metropolitan Museum of Art, entitled Dutch and French Genre Drawings from the Robert Lehman Collection. She has also worked at the J. Paul Getty Museum, the Yale University Art Gallery, the Museum of Biblical Art, and the Los Angeles County Museum of Art. Currently she is the Academic Coordinator for the Getty Project "Spanish Italy and the Iberian Americas." Isabella is particularly interested in still life, trompe l'oeil, and the work of the Leiden fijnschilders

Francesca Marzullo

Francesca Marzullo

Medieval and Early Modern Italian Art

Francesca specializes in medieval and Renaissance Italian art with a secondary interest in eighteenth- and nineteenth-century American painting. Before joining Columbia's doctoral program in 2010, she received a B.A. in art history and English from Williams College, an M.Phil. in English from the University of Cambridge, and an M.A. in art history from the University of Pennsylvania. She is currently writing her dissertation, which examines Italian overdoors in the period ca. 1100-ca. 1500, as a predoctoral fellow at the Kunsthistorisches Institut in Florenz - Max-Planck-Institut.

Nomaduma Masilela

Nomaduma Rose Masilela

Modern and Contemporary African Art; Art Theory; Postcolonial Theory; Comparative Art Histories

Nomaduma Masilela is a second-year PhD candidate who studies modern and contemporary art from Africa and the Diaspora. She is a Ford Pre-Doctoral Fellow and a Mellon Mays Undergraduate Fellow.

Nomaduma received her BA from Barnard College (2007). She was a Curatorial Fellow at The Kitchen, New York (2007-08) and conducted independent research in Dakar, Senegal as a Mortimer Hays Brandeis Traveling Fellow (2008-09) before arriving at Columbia University.

Mateusz Mayer

Mateusz Mayer

Renaissance and Baroque European Art

Mateusz joined the PhD program in 2017. He specializes in Renaissance and Baroque art, with an emphasis on the artistic intersections between Italy and Northern Europe during the sixteenth and seventeenth centuries. He graduated with a Magister degree in art history from the University of Vienna in 2012, and received his MPhil in art history from the University of Cambridge in 2014 (both with distinction). Prior to coming to Columbia, Mateusz worked at the curatorial departments of the Kunsthistorisches Museum in Vienna, the Austrian National Gallery Belvedere, and Klosterneuburg Abbey. He furthermore held two consecutive summer fellowships in Venice at the Rosand Library and Study Center of Save Venice Inc.

Arathi Menon

Arathi Menon

Arathi is a fifth-year PhD candidate studying South Asian art history with a concentration in the Hindu temple and medieval architecture. She received her B.A. from UC San Diego with a thesis entitled "The Value of Choice: Assigning Values to Commodities of Art” for which she won the Afsahi award. At Columbia, her  M.A. thesis (2013) established a firm provenance within ancient India for an ivory statuette excavated in the city of Pompeii. Arathi received her M.Phil. in 2014 with a focused study of medieval South Indian temple style, saints and temple networks, and the High-Gothic cathedrals of France. She is a Weatherhead East Asian Institute-SLYFF Fellow and two-time recipient of the Steven Kossak Graduate Fellowship in Indian Art. Arathi’s dissertation, currently in progress, explores the development of the sacred art and architecture of medieval Kerala. Her dissertation research is generously supported by the Riggio Fellowship in Art History (2015 - 2016) and the American Institute of Indian Studies (2016 - 2017).

Michaela de Lacaze

Michaela Mohrmann

Latin American Modern and Contemporary art

Michaela Mohrmann obtained her B.A. in History of Art and Architecture with a specialization in modern and contemporary art from Harvard College in 2007. While at Columbia she has focused her studies on the avant-garde of the Southern Cone and Brazil. She is now a Ph.D. candidate finishing her dissertation on Marta Minujín and the development of happenings, media art, and participatory art forms in Buenos Aires during the 1960s. In recognition of her dissertation research, the Museum of Fine Arts in Houston awarded Michaela the Peter C. Marzio Award for Outstanding Research in Latin American and Latino Art. Part of her dissertation’s first chapter on Informalismo and memory in post-Peronist Argentina will be published by the International Center for the Arts of the Americas in December 2017. After spending two years in Seoul, Michaela also developed an interest in Korean modern and contemporary art. She was a fellow at the National Museum of Korea and one of two assistant curators for the Korean pavilion at the 57th Venice Biennale as well as the editor of the pavilion’s catalogue, Counterbalance: The Stone and the Mountain

Michael Muehlbauer

Mikael Muehlbauer

Western Medieval and Byzantine art and architecture

Mikael Muehlbauer is a PhD candidate in the department of Art History and Archaeology at Columbia University in the fields of Western Medieval and Byzantine Art and Architecture. He received his Bachelor of Arts in History with highest honors in Byzantine and Modern Greek Studies from Queens College CUNY in 2014 (Summa Cum Laude, Phi Beta Kappa), followed by an MA (2015) and MPhil (2017) from Columbia University in Art History. Mikael’s research broadly concerns medieval cross-cultural interactions as articulated through architecture and luxury textiles. His dissertation entitled: “‘Bastions of the Cross:’ Medieval Rock Cut Cruciform Churches of Tigray, Ethiopia” is the first monographic study of centralized-plan churches in northern Ethiopia. His research has been funded by grants and scholarships from Columbia GSAS, Central European University (Budapest), Koç University (Istanbul), the Smithsonian Institution, the National Science Foundation, and the CUNY Graduate Center.

Maggie Mustard

Maggie Mustard

Modern and contemporary Japanese art; Japanese photography and film; Critical theory; Representations of World II and the atomic bomb; Postwar Japanese visual culture

Maggie studies modern Japanese art history, with a particular focus on photography from the twentieth century. Her dissertation, currently in progress, is entitled “Atlas Novus: Kawada Kikuji, The Map, and Postwar Japanese Photography.” It examines the early work of the photographer Kawada Kikuji as a lens through which to illuminate issues of image theory, memory, and alienation in post-World War II Japanese society. Maggie previously received her B.A. in Honors Art History and East Asian Studies from Brown University (2007), and her M.A. in Liberal Studies from the New School for Social Research (2010). Her dissertation research has been generously supported by a Riggio Fellowship in Art History (2013) and a Mellon Humanities International Travel Fellowship (2014). Maggie has interned at the Smithsonian Institution’s Freer Gallery of Art and Arthur M. Sackler Gallery, and served as research associate at the Art Loss Register and the Ronin Gallery.

Steven Niedbala

Steven Niedbala

Modern Architecture; Media Theory

Steven Niedbala entered the PhD program at Columbia in 2013 after completing his B.A. at Oberlin College. At Oberlin, he completed an honors thesis on post-industrial urbanism in the city of Pittsburgh and worked for numerous arts organizations, including the Allen Memorial Art Museum and the Modern Music Guild at the Oberlin Conservatory. His current research focuses on Appalachian urban networks as well as the impact of anti-psychiatry movements upon institutional architecture in post-war North America.

Matt Peebles

Matt Peebles

Ancient Greek Art and Archaeology

Matt is a PhD candidate in ancient art history and archaeology. He received his bachelor's degree from Cornell University and spent several years as a teacher in NYC before beginning the PhD program at Columbia. Matt now specializes in ancient Greek art, having received his M.A. in 2013 and his M.Phil in 2014; he is currently at work on his doctoral dissertation, which explores the image of the attacking body in a variety of contexts. He has interned for three summers at the National Archaeological Museum in Athens, and is also active in Professor Mylonopoulos' archaeological field project in Onchestos, Greece. Matt has served as a guest instructor of ancient Greek art at the Eberhard Karls University, Tübingen, and he is currently an Art Humanities preceptor.

Turkan Pilavci

Turkan Pilavci

Art and archaeology of the ancient Near East

Turkan is a PhD student, specializing in the art and archaeology of the ancient Near East. She received her B.A. in Political Science and History from Bogazici University, Istanbul in 2006. She completed her M.A. in the Archeology of the Eastern Mediterranean in K.U. Leuven in 2007. Having participated in numerous field projects, since 2007 she has been a part of the Tarsus Gozlukule Archaeology Project, Turkey.

Leah Pires

Leah Pires

Modern & Contemporary Art

Leah Pires is a doctoral candidate in the department and a recent Helena Rubinstein Critical Studies Fellow at the Whitney Independent Study Program. Her dissertation, currently in progress, examines new modes of authorship and critique emergent at the turn of the 1980s through the work of Louise Lawler and her collaborators. Leah has presented research at the Whitney Museum of American Art, published writing in Triple Canopy, and will contribute an essay to a forthcoming monograph on the work of Rochelle Goldberg. She curated the exhibitions In Place Of (2016) and Conspicuous Unusable (2013) at Miguel Abreu Gallery, and a curatorial project derived from her dissertation research will open at Columbia’s Miriam and Ira D. Wallach Art Gallery in 2017. 

Corey Ratch

Early 20th century French and German art and photography; animals

Corey studies Dada, Surrealism, and the photographic avant-garde in the early 20th century with an interest in contested divisions between humans and other animals in philosophy, politics, and culture.
His research is motivated largely by the field of critical animal studies, focusing on depictions of nonhuman animals in art, human/nonhuman animal histories, how discourses of animality intersect with race, gender, and class, and how we are affected by images of violence and dismemberment. His undergraduate honours thesis dealt with the photographic and filmic documentation of Paris slaughterhouses by Surrealists in the first half of the 20th century. Other interests include secularism in art, primitivism, abjection, and the materiality of the body.
Corey received an Art History Honours degree from the Department of Art History, Visual Art & Theory at the University of British Columbia where he headed up an ongoing undergrad art history publication. In Vancouver, he was involved for many years in campus radio and music and culture journalism. 

Daniel Ralston

Daniel, a fourth-year doctoral student, specializes in the art and visual culture of nineteenth-century Spain and Latin America. He catalogued a number of the Metropolitan Museum of Art’s little-studied nineteenth-century Spanish works during a curatorial internship in the Department of European Paintings, and has also carried out research for several exhibitions at the Brooklyn Museum, including Impressionism and the Caribbean: Francisco Oller and His Transatlantic World. Daniel received his BA in Art History and Spanish from the University of British Columbia. His work is supported by the Social Sciences and Humanities Research Council of Canada (2017–2018).

Joseph Scheier-Dolberg

Joseph Scheier-Dolberg

Chinese painting and calligraphy; Chinese decorative objects; modern and contemporary ink painting in China

Joseph Scheier-Dolberg studies the history of Chinese art, with a focus on painting. He received his BA from Swarthmore College in 2000 and his MA from Harvard University in 2005. In between, he spent time in Sichuan Province studying the history of Tibetan mural painting in a monastery on the border of the Tibet Autonomous Region. Prior to coming to Columbia in 2009, he spent several years working in the Chinese art department at the Museum of Fine Arts, Boston.

Joseph Scheier-Dolberg

David Schneller

Ancient Greek and Ancient Near Eastern Art and Archaeology

David focuses on artistic exchange and interaction in the eastern Mediterranean. His dissertation examines “foreign” votive dedications in Greek sanctuaries during the early first millennium B.C. He is the 2017-2018 Samuel H. Kress Fellow at the American School of Classical Studies at Athens and an Alexander S. Onassis Foundation Fellow.
David has held the Heinrich Schliemann Fellowship at the American School of Classical Studies at Athens (2016-2017) and the Hagop Kevorkian Curatorial Fellowship in the Department of Ancient Near Eastern Art at the Metropolitan Museum of Art (2015-2016). He holds a B.A. in Classics and Fine Arts from New York University (2011) and received certificates in Greek and Latin from the University of Pennsylvania (2012). David has excavated at the Athenian Agora (2010-2013) and is the assistant to Professor Mylonopoulos at Columbia’s Onchestos Excavation Project in Boeotia, Greece.

Abbe Schriber

Abbe Schriber

Modern and contemporary art; African-American art and art of the African diaspora; media and performance

Abbe's research focuses on African-American art and art of the African diaspora, with particular interest in its intersections with avant-gardism, and decolonial and feminist theories.  Her dissertation takes up the intermedial work of David Hammons in New York between 1974 and 1989, arguing that he stages obscurity as a means of deflecting attention to black social life. This fugitive impulse is contextualized amid and alongside a network of black experimental peers and interlocutors who challenge the terms of "outsider" as a subject position, as well as visibility in the early years of multiculturalism. Abbe’s writing has appeared in Texte zur KunstArtforumArt in America, and The Brooklyn Rail, and has been commissioned by institutions such as the Museum of Modern Art and The Studio Museum in Harlem. She received her BA from Oberlin College in 2009, and is currently the 2017-18 Douglass Foundation Predoctoral Fellow at the Smithsonian American Art Museum.

Siddhartha V. Shah

Siddhartha V. Shah

Siddhartha V. Shah received his BA in art history from The Johns Hopkins University (2000) and MA in East-West Psychology from the California Institute of Integral Studies (2003) with an emphasis on Hindu philosophy and Jungian psychoanalysis. His academic interests include the aesthetics of imperial rule in British India, Tantric cults of the Divine Feminine, and late 19th century British & French painting.  Siddhartha joined Columbia after a 15+ year career in art sales and curation. He has written for numerous publications including Art Asia Pacific, MargOrientations, and West 86th. He also serves on the Editorial Board of Illumine, a Chicago-based publication focused on yoga, wellness and psychospiritual development. Siddhartha's academic and curatorial projects have been featured in publications ranging from The Nation and The Times of India to Psychology Today and The New Yorker. His research has been supported by the Steven Kossak Graduate Fellowship in South Asian/Indian Art (2014 & 2016), the Dr. Lee MacCormick Edwards Doctoral Summer Fellowship (2015), the Paul Mellon Centre for Studies in British Art (2016), The Cathedral Fund/Royal Academy of Arts (2017), and a Mellon Humanities International Travel Fellowship (2017-2018).

Rachel Silveri

Teresa Soley

Early Netherlandish painting; Late Medieval and Early Modern Iberian art; artistic exchange in the Age of Discoveries

Teresa Soley is a second-year Ph.D. student focusing on Early Netherlandish painting and the concurrent art of Iberia, particularly Portugal. She holds a B.A. in Art History and Latin American and Caribbean Studies from Washington and Lee University, and a R.M.A. in Art History of the Low Countries in its European Context from Universiteit Utrecht.
Teresa interned at the Groeningemuseum and Sint-Janshospitaal in Bruges before beginning at Columbia. She collaborated on the exhibitions MemlingRinasciamento fiammingo held at the Scuderie del Quirinale in Rome, and Faces Then: Renaissance Portraits from the Low Countries at the Palais des Beaux-Arts in Brussels. She also contributed to the catalogue for L'Homme, Le Dragon et la Mort: La Gloire de Saint Georges, an exhibition surveying the depiction of St. George in Northern European art as part of Mons 2015: European Capital of Culture.

Jacob Stavis

Jacob Stavis

Ancient Near Eastern Art and Archaeology, Egyptian Art, Historiography

Jake is a third year student focusing on the art and archaeology of the ancient near East and Egypt. He is especially interested in the reception and reuse of cultural heritage in the Middle East. Prior to entering the PhD program, Jake graduated magna cum laude from Columbia with a BA in art history and linguistics, writing an honors thesis on the relationship between image and text in early Mesopotamian kudurrus and glyptic. He has interned at the Metropolitan Museum of Art and Pierpont Morgan Library, and has excavated with the University of Edinburgh's Prastio Mesorotsos expedition and Boğaziçi University's Tarsus Gözlükule project, where he served as a trench supervisor.

Hwanhee Suh

Hwanhee Suh

Chinese painting and calligraphy, Japanese pictorial art, Korean pre-modern art and aesthetics

Hwanhee is planning to explore, through the prism of rivalry, the lives and activities of seventeenth-century Chinese painters, most of whom competed for recognition from eminent patrons, art markets, and aesthetic publics. He is also deeply interested in history of Chinese album paintings with a keen focus on the possibilities and limitations of the painting format.
Hwanhee received his B.A. degree in Aesthetics (2007) and M.A. in Art History (2011) from Seoul National University with his MA thesis, "The Invention of a Masterpiece: The Life and Afterlife of Dong Qichang's (1555-1636) Wanluan Thatched Hall." In the paper Hwanhee has examined not only the painter's efforts to convey a specific message by coordinating verbal and visual languages but also the transformation of the painting's status into a masterpiece by later agents. Prior to joining Columbia in 2012, he participated in the preparation of the exhibition Silla: Korea's Golden Kingdom (2013-14) at the Metropolitan Museum of Art as a full-time intern funded by the Korea Foundation.

Molly Superfine

Molly Superfine

Modern and contemporary art; art of the African diaspora; performance art; queer theory; critical race theory

Molly Superfine entered the PhD program in Fall 2015. Her research focuses on performance art and its filmic and photographic documentation. Of specific interest is the notion of "queer time" and those political and aesthetic gestures of refusal that expose multiple temporalities and offer the possibility of futurity as a methodological and practical way forward.
Molly has held internships at the Whitney Museum of American Art and the Solomon R. Guggenheim Museum. She also worked at the Nasher Museum of Art at Duke University, and served as the assistant director of a gallery in Chelsea before joining the program at Columbia. She received her B.A. in art history and Spanish at Duke University in 2013. As an undergraduate, Molly focused on modern and contemporary Latin American and Latino/a art, while also looking at art of the African diaspora, and feminist theory.

Erhan Tamur

Erhan Tamur

Ancient Western Asian Art and Archaeology; Modern European Philosophy

Erhan received his M.A. in Ancient Western Asian Archaeology from Freie Universität Berlin in January 2016. His M.A. thesis focused on the sculptural art of the Syro-Anatolian city-states in the Iron Age (ca. 12 th to 7 th centuries BCE), with an emphasis on the theoretical and methodological drawbacks of correlating certain "styles" with certain "ethnicities". His other research interests include Assyrian art and architecture, art-historical and archaeological theory, and theories of subjectivity. He also works on integrating computational photography (e.g. Reflectance Transformation Imaging - RTI) into his studies.

Matthew Teti

Postwar American Art

Matthew Teti holds a B.A. from Northwestern University in Comparative Literature and an M.A. from Columbia University in Art History. He is currently at work finishing his dissertation "Chris Burden, 1967–1971," which is an in-depth study of the influential American artist's early career sculpture and performance art. "Chris Burden, 1967–1971" is part of a larger project that will historically reevaluate Burden's work from the 1970s, the first chapter of which, "Media Hijack: Chris Burden and the Logic of Terrorism," will be published in 2017. Matthew has received fellowships from the Graduate School of Arts and Sciences, Columbia University and the Pierre and Tana Matisse Foundation, and he has taught in the Core Curriculum at Columbia since 2014. His broader research interest is in Californian art of the 1970s and 80s, especially sculpture, performance, conceptual, and installation art. Matthew has lived and worked in New York and Los Angeles since 2010.

Julia Vazquez

Julia Vazquez

Southern Renaissance and Baroque Art

Julia holds a B.A. (magna cum laude, Phi Beta Kappa) in the history of art and architecture from Brown University, and an M.A. and an M.Phil. in art history and archaeology from Columbia University. Her dissertation examines the curatorial career of Diego Velázquez at the court of king Philip IV of Spain, by which she aims to reconsider how Velázquez’s simultaneous careers as painter to the king and curator of the royal art collection informed one another. She has presented working excerpts from this dissertation at the Fitzwilliam Museum at Cambridge University, the Kunsthistorisches Museum, the Museo Nacional del Prado, and the Frick Collection. Previously, she has held internships and fellowships at the Musée du Louvre, the Whitney Museum of American Art, and the Museo del Prado. She is currently the Joseph F. McCrindle Foundation Curatorial Intern at the National Gallery of Art in Washington, DC.

Andrea Fabiola Vazquez de Arthur

Andrea Fabiola Vazquez de Arthur

Pre-Columbian Art, Architecture, and Archaeology

Andrea holds a BFA from Rhode Island School of Design (2001) and an MA in Art History from Columbia University (2009). Her interest in ancient American art history grew out of an extended period of travel throughout Central and South America. Drawing on her previous studies of visual communications, Andrea's research explores the relationship between semiotics and materiality in Andean visual culture.

Lorenzo Vigotti

Lorenzo Vigotti

Italian Renaissance Architecture

Lorenzo has a M.Arch. from the University of Florence and a M.Phil. from Columbia University, where he is currently working on his Ph.D. dissertation project on the origin of the Renaissance palace (1380-1440).
He taught seminars on Italian architecture, the architecture of New York and Florence, and on the relationship between architecture and propaganda. Lorenzo presented papers at SAH, RSA, Columbia, and at State Archives in Italy. As a trained architect he worked in Florence at an architectural firm, focusing on structural problems and preservation issues in medieval and Renaissance architecture. His interests include cultural exchanges between Europe and Islam during the Renaissance.
Since 2016, Lorenzo joined the Program on Jewish History and Culture in Early Modern Europe at the Medici Archive Project, where he is in charge of the study and architectural reconstruction of the now lost Florentine Ghetto during the Medici rule.

Brigid von Preussen

Brigid von Preussen

Eighteenth and nineteenth-century European art, histories of design and the decorative arts, revival styles

Brigid holds a BA in Art History from Cambridge University and an MA in Cultural and Intellectual History, 1300-1650, from the Warburg Institute. Her PhD dissertation at Columbia examines the relationship between Neoclassicism, commerce, and inter-medial reproduction in late eighteenth-century British design and art, with a focus on the work produced by (and under the names of) Robert Adam, Josiah Wedgwood, and John Flaxman.

Alexis Wang

Medieval Art

Alexis Wang is a doctoral student specializing in medieval art and architecture.  She received her B.A. (Magna cum Laude, Phi Beta Kappa) in art history from New York University, where her senior thesis on the visual sources of Hildegard of Bingen's Rupertsberg Scivias won the Borgman Prize for Best Thesis in the College of Arts and Sciences.  Prior to joining Columbia, Alexis worked in the Private Sales department at Christie's, the Auctions department at Artnet, and as a curatorial intern in the Department of Medieval Art at the Metropolitan Museum of Art.

Y. L. Lucy Wang.

Y. L. Lucy Wang.

Modern Architecture

yw3056@columbia.edu
Lucy is a first-year Ph.D. student focusing on nineteenth- and twentieth-century architecture in the British and French empires. She received a bachelor's degree in art history and journalism from Northwestern University (Summa Cum Laude, departmental honors). Before entering the program in 2017, she worked at Architizer and the Metropolitan Museum of Art. At Columbia, she helps organize the Collins/Kaufmann Forum for Modern Architectural History.

Alex Weintraub

Alex Weintraub

Nineteenth-century European Painting; Modernism; History and Theory of Media

Alex Weintraub specializes in the art and visual culture of nineteenth-century Europe. His dissertation examines the material and technical supports of Vincent van Gogh’s paintings. He received his B.A. from Swarthmore College in 2011.

Leah Werier

Leah Werier

20th and 21st century art

Leah Werier is a Ph.D. candidate specializing in 20th and 21st century art. Before coming to Columbia, Leah completed an MA in 2012 at the Courtauld Institute of Art, London where she studied with Mignon Nixon PhD and visiting lecturer Juliet Mitchell on the topic of Art and Psychoanalysis: Fifty Years of War in a Time of Peace 1960-2010. She graduated with a B.F.A (Honors) from the University of Manitoba, Canada where she was awarded the Program Medal in Art History (2011).

Leah is the 2014-2015 representative for the Art History department on the Graduate Student Advisory Council, where she also serves on the Quality of Life Committee. She has also been chosen to be a Pine Tree Scholar for the academic year 2014-2015.

Robert Wiesenberger

Robert Wiesenberger

Modern and Contemporary Art, Design, and Architecture

Robert is a Critic at the Yale School of Art and the 2014–16 Stefan Engelhorn Curatorial Fellow at the Harvard Art Museums. His work focuses on modern and contemporary art, design, and architecture, especially in interwar Europe and postwar America.

Yu Yang

Yu Yang studies the history of Japanese art, with a focus on modern Japanese architecture. She received her B.A. in Film Studies from Peking University and her M.A in Art History from the University of Pittsburgh. She is currently supported by the Japan Foundation and is based at the Department of Architecture and Design at the Kyoto Institute of Technology. Her dissertation examines the dynamic interactions between the development of modernist architecture in Manchuria and Western Japan (in particular, the Hanshin-kan area) during the first half of the twentieth century.

Gillian Young

Gillian Young

Modern and Contemporary Art; Performance Studies; Media History and Theory

Gillian Young’s research charts the intertwined emergence of performance and video art over the course of the 1970s. A contributor to Art in AmericaPAJ: A Journal of Performance and Art, and TDR/The Drama Review, she is at work on her dissertation, “Joan Jonas’s Tele Vision, 1968-1984,” as a Henry Luce/ACLS Dissertation Fellow in American Art.