Current PhD Students

Last updated on October 19, 2018.

A Agarwala, Seher
Arseven, Müge
B Barnard, Bailey
Beeson, John
Berninghausen, Gale
Bernstein, Margot
Bevin, Sarah
Biascoechea, Laura
Blair, Susannah
Bowyer, Emerson **
Boyd, Rachel E.W.
Bulger, Monica
C Campbell, Thomas Ian **
Carlson, Raymond
Cataldo, Emogene
Choi, Connie
Christiaens, Karin
Clemens, Olivia
Cohen, Lucas
Crockett, Vivian
Croggon, Nicholas
D D'Addio, Sophia
Dillon, Claire
Dolin, Daniel
Dostal, Alexandra Zoë
Du, Xiaohan
E Ekserdjian, Alexander
Engler, Rachel
Ercan, Ayşe
Espert, Yasmine
F Fein, Katherine
Fiske, Courtney
Floyd, Tiffany
Foner, Daria Rose
Fowler, Michael Anthony
G Gassaway, William
Gillman, Matthew
Girard, Virginia
Gobel, Katherine
Gorant, Charlotte
H Horisaki-Christens, Nina
Hutcheson, Rachel

J Johal, Rattanamol
Jiang, Angel
Jiang, Chen
K Kang, Charles
Kim, Hae Yeun
Kim, Jeewon
Kite, Whitney
Kremnitzer, Kathryn
Kobasa, Clare
Kodzhabasheva, Ani
Kuromiya, Naomi
Kuruvilla, Tara
L Landsman, Rozemarijn
Le Pouésard, Emma
Lee, Meng-Hsuan
Levine, Adam
Lima, Alvaro Luis
Llorens, Natasha Marie
Lores-Chavez, Isabella
M Marshall, Janina (Piper)
Marzullo, Francesca
Masilela, Nomaduma
Mayer, Mateusz
McCann, Natalie
Mellon, Diana
Menon, Arathi
Merkin, Sophia
Migwans, Crystal
Miller, Caitlin
Miller, Hasbrouck
Mohrmann, Michaëla de Lacaze
Morgan, Nicholas
Muehlbauer, Mikael
Muller, Alyse
N Niedbala, Steven
Ndungu, Jessica (Njeri)
Nisse, Cleo
O Ochmanek, Annie
Oh, Sehyun
Onabanjo, Oluremi

P Peebles, Matt
Pesenti, Roberto
Pires, Leah
R Ralston, Daniel
Ramachandran, Kalyani Madhura Ratch, Corey
S Sánchez González, Julián Schneller, David
Schriber, Abbe
Seo, Yeongik
Shah, Siddhartha V.
Sledge, David
Soley, Teresa
Stavis, Jacob
Suh, Hwanhee
Superfine, Molly
Szalay, Gabriella
T Takaes de Oliveira, Ianick
Tamur, Erhan
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
Werier, Leah
Woldman, Joseph
Wolley, Heather
Y Yang, Yu **
ZZhu, Cathy
Zinner, Valerie
Zivkovic, Alex

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

Muge Arseven

Müge Arseven

Ancient Greek, Anatolian, and Near Eastern Art and Architecture

Müge entered the Ph.D. program in 2014 as a Fulbright scholar and is primarily interested in the ancient art and architecture of Greece, Anatolia, and the Near East. She received her B.A. in architecture and landscape architecture (2013), as well as her MSc. in architectural history (2014), from Istanbul Technical University. In her master’s thesis, Müge catalogued and interpreted the archaic architectural pieces from Larisa/Buruncuk in the Aeolis region of western Asia Minor. She also participated in the 2013 survey of this site and is currently a member of Columbia University’s excavations at the Sanctuary of Poseidon at Onchestos. Her other research interests include the history of archaeology, particularly the in the Ottoman Empire, and the reception and propagandistic use of archaeological heritage in Turkey. In her prospective thesis, Müge will engage with issues of viewership of ancient Greek architectural sculpture and ornament. Her dissertation research is generously supported by a Riggio Fellowship in Art History (2017-18).

Bailey Barnard

Bailey Barnard

Ancient Greek Art and Archaeology

Bailey is a Ph.D. candidate specializing in ancient Greek art and architecture, with interests in portraiture, gift-exchange, and Hellenistic kingship. Her dissertation examines a problematic and unwieldy group of fragmentary ancient Greek portrait statues representing Hellenistic kings. While prior studies have generally focused on identifying unique facial characteristics of Hellenistic kings in their portrait statues, her dissertation aims to understand the royal portrait statues in their entirety (including their bodies, pedestals, and original locations) within their cultic and civic contexts. During her time at Columbia, Bailey worked at the Onassis Cultural Center New York as a docent for the exhibitions “Gods and Mortals at Olympus: Ancient Dion, City of Zeus” and “A World of Emotions: Ancient Greece, 700 BC – 200 AD.” Prior to Columbia, she completed her MA in art history from the University of Nebraska in 2011, after which she attended the American School of Classical Studies at Athens summer session. She excavated with the University of Nebraska’s Antiochia ad Cragum Research Project before joining Columbia University’s excavations at the sanctuary of Poseidon in Onchestos, where she served as site co-supervisor in 2016.

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 an advanced 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 by Louis Carrogis called Carmontelle (1717-1806), a French amateur draftsman. Margot holds 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. She also holds an M.A. (2014) and an M.Phil. (2015) in art history from Columbia University. In recent years, she has worked 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. Currently, Margot is a Chester Dale Fellow in the Department of Drawings and Prints at the Metropolitan 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 studies ancient Greek art and archaeology. Her primary focus is the early development the Greek temple and its decorative elements, as well as the representations and roles of Greek cult personnel. She is also interested in 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's research concerns the intersection of architecture, nature, and urbanism in late medieval France and England. She is currently at work on her dissertation, which examines floriate sculpture in Gothic buildings in relationship to ecological change and liturgical practice in the thirteenth and early fourteenth centuries. Her M.A. paper investigated the reliquary of Saint George in Venice, focusing on the iconographic slippage of vegetal motifs and myth-making in the urban cult of saints. She is an enthusiastic contributor to several digital projects, including Life of a Cathedral: Notre-Dame of AmiensMaking and Knowing, and FAB-Musiconis. 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. Emogene received her B.A. in Studio Art from Carleton College with Distinction in 2010 (Magna Cum Laude, Phi Beta Kappa, Larson International Fellow). 

Karin Christiaens

Karin Christiaens

Ancient Greek & Roman Art and Archaeology

Karin is a Ph.D. candidate specializing in the study of the eastern Mediterranean under the Roman Empire. Her dissertation investigates the urban topography of Greek poleis under Roman rule, with a focus on the proliferation and architectural transformation of built public spaces mediated by series of gateways.

Karin 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). Prior to entering the Ph.D. program, Karin received a Post-baccalaureate certificate in Greek and Latin from the Classics Department at Columbia University (2014). She has since received an M.A. (2016) and M.Phil. (2017) from Columbia.

While studying at Columbia, she worked as a docent for “Gods and Mortals at Olympus: Ancient Dion, City of Zeus” (2016) and “A World of Emotions: Ancient Greece, 700 BC – 200 AD” (2017), both held at the Onassis Cultural Center, New York. 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-present) under the direction of Prof. Mylonopoulos, where she has served as a site supervisor since 2016.

Olivia Clemens

Olivia Clemens

Arts of Islam, History of Collecting

Olivia studies the arts of the Islamic lands, and is particularly interested in late medieval luxury objects and the history of collecting and display. Prior to coming to Columbia, she worked as a Research Assistant in the Art of the Middle East department at the Los Angeles County Museum of Art, where she worked on LACMA's Damascus Room project and the international loan exhibition “Beauty and Identity.” She graduated from UCLA summa cum laude with a BA in Art History. 

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 received 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 co-curated Visual AIDS’ 2017 Day With(out) Art film programming, which premiered at the Whitney in December 2017 and screened at 120 national and international venues. Vivian is the 2017-18 Mellon Museum Research Consortium Fellow in Media and Performance Art at the Museum of Modern Art, New York.

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

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.”

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.

Alexandra Zoë Dostal

Alexandra Zoë Dostal

Alexandra Zoë Dostal is a PhD student focusing on British and French art in the late eighteenth and early nineteenth centuries. Her research interests include print culture, amateur artistic practice, and the role of gender in art production and reception. Zoë earned an MA with distinction from The Courtauld Institute of Art in 2016 and a BA with honors from Vassar College in 2013. Previously, Zoë was a curatorial intern at the Museum of Fine Arts, Boston, the Metropolitan Museum of Art and the Cooper-Hewitt, Smithsonian Design Museum. She was also a print room assistant at The Courtauld Gallery in London.

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

Ayşe 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 photography in the United States in the long nineteenth century. Prior to entering the PhD program in 2017, she received an EdM in Arts in Education from Harvard University and a BA in History from Yale University, magna cum laude with distinction. She has worked at the Brooklyn Museum, the Isabella Stewart Gardner Museum, the Museum of Fine Arts, Boston, and the Yale University Art Gallery. She also 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. 

Tiffany Floyd

Tiffany Floyd

Modern and Contemporary Art of the Arab World

Tiffany is a PhD candidate specializing in twentieth-century Iraqi art, working on understanding the relationship between Iraqi modern art and the country's rich antique past. Her primary research interest thus include the politics of archaeology and time, the construction of modern artistic and intellectual identity in Iraq, and the deconstruction of the complex modernist category of "Mesopotamia." Her other interests center on the history of photography, postcolonial theory, modes of affective reception and the destruction of Iraq's cultural heritage. As a graduate student, Tiffany has worked on several important field projects including the Mathaf Encyclopedia of Modern Art and the Arab World and the Modern Art Iraq Archive.

Daria Foner

Daria Rose Foner

Daria Rose Foner, a doctoral candidate and specialist in Italian Renaissance art, is completing a dissertation entitled, “Collaborative Endeavors in the Career of Andrea del Sarto.”  Her research, which has been presented at both national and international conferences, has been supported by the Fulbright Commission, the Medici Archive Project, and the Renaissance Society of America, among others. 

Daria graduated magna cum laude from Princeton University, and earned an M.Phil. degree from the University of Cambridge.  She has held curatorial and research positions at the Metropolitan Museum of Art, The Frick Collection, the Uffizi Gallery, and the Marianne Boesky Gallery and has contributed to exhibitions at Columbia’s Miriam and Ira D. Wallach Art Gallery and the Isabella Stewart Gardner Museum. 

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

In the 2018-2019 academic year, Michael Anthony Fowler is Visiting Assistant Professor of Art History in the Department of Art and Design at East Tennessee State University. Michael is currently completing his dissertation, “Human Sacrifice in Greek Antiquity: Between Myth, Image, and Reality,” which offers an archaeologically and art historically grounded inquiry into the historicity, forms, and meanings of human sacrifice. This project combines several of his topical interests, particularly the iconography and archaeology of ritual and violence in the artistic imagination. Since 2015, Michael has been an active member on Prof. Mylonopoulos' excavation at the sanctuary of Poseidon at Onchestos (Boeotia, Greece), and for the past three years has served as Supervisor of Site B (the administrative center). In summer 2018 he also joined the excavation and research team working at the sanctuary of Apollo on the Cycladic islet of Despotiko. Michael is co-author of the annual Chronique Archéologique de la Religion Grecque (Kernos), for which he contributes the entries on Central Greece.

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 Columbia’s 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 research spans three areas, the first being Persian painting and the arts of the book. Between 2016-18, he was involved with the Muslim World Manuscripts Project at Columbia’s Rare Book & Manuscript Library, cataloging nearly three hundred works in Arabic, Persian, and Ottoman Turkish as well as curating the exhibition “In the School of Wisdom: Persian Bookbinding, ca. 1575-1890” (2018-19). Meanwhile, his dissertation will examine the aesthetics and economics of medieval glass; initial fieldwork was supported last summer by the Sakıp Sabancı Center for Turkish Studies. Finally, using both historical and biographical modes, he is working on a series of early 20th-century exiles and émigrés. His writing has appeared or is forthcoming in Espacio Tiempo y Forma and the series A History of Persian Literature.

Virginia Girard

Virginia Girard

Virginia entered the PhD program in 2018. Her research focuses on the intersection of art and science in Europe and North America from the sixteenth and seventeenth centuries. She is also interested in cross-disciplinary approaches to art history that draw from fields such as environmental studies and neuroscience. Prior to coming to Columbia, Virginia completed her M.A. with distinction at the Courtauld Institute of Art (2018), and her B.A. (summa cum laude) at Cornell University (2017). She has held positions at the Courtauld Institute’s Witt & Conway Library, Pace Gallery, the Anderson Collection at Stanford University, and the Fine Arts Museums of San Francisco.

Charlotte Gorant

Charlotte Gorant

South Asian art; Early Buddhist sculpture; Transmission of Buddhist art across Asia

Charlotte specializes in South Asian art history and archaeology, particularly visual materials from the ancient and early medieval periods. She is interested in religious themes and narratives as evolving discourses within images, sites, and textual sources. Charlotte received a BA in South Asian Religions from Bard College and an MA in the History of Art from SOAS, University of London. She worked as a research assistant for the digital lexicography project entitled 'The Buddhist Translator's Workbench' and is interested in brāhmī epigraphy. Charlotte has held several curatorial internships, including research for the Lost Kingdoms: Hindu-Buddhist Sculpture of Early Southeast Asia large-scale exhibition at the Metropolitan Museum of Art and the Pearls on a String Islamic art exhibition at the Walters Art Museum. Her work has received support from the Steven Kossak Graduate Fellowship, the Provost Graduate Fellowship, and the American Institute of Indian Studies Language Fellowship.

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.

Rachel Hutcheson

Rachel studies modern and contemporary art with a focus on photography, video, and installation. Her research interests include histories of technology and perception from the late nineteenth century to the present. Prior to entering the PhD program at Columbia, Rachel was the Assistant Curator and Exhibition Coordinator at the University of Mary Washington Galleries. She completed her M.A. in Contemporary Art History and Theory at the School of the Art Institute of Chicago (2013) and BA at Virginia Commonwealth University (2011). Rachel interned for the Society for Contemporary Art at the Art Institute of Chicago and was a curatorial intern of Contemporary Art at the Virginia Museum of Fine Arts.

Angel Jiang

Angel Jiang

History of Architecture

Angel is Ph.D. student focusing on medieval and Renaissance architecture in Spain and southern Italy. Prior to pursuing a PhD at Columbia, she earned an M.A. in Art History from the Institute of Fine Arts, NYU and a B.A. in the History and Theory of Architecture from Columbia University, both with distinction.

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

Global modernism and contemporary art; media, performance, and installation art; feminism and postmodernism; critical geography and urban theory

Rattan is a doctoral candidate studying transformations in contemporary art, its institutional contexts and international networks at the turn of the twenty-first century, with a specific focus on the development of installation-based practices in metropolitan India during the nineties. He earned a BA in Art History & Political Science, summa cum laude, from the Macaulay Honors College, CUNY (2010) and an MA in History of Art, with Distinction, from the Courtauld Institute of Art, London (2011). During his tenure in the doctoral program, he has held fellowships at the Tate Research Centre: Asia (2018 Visiting Fellow), The Museum of Modern Art (2016-17 C-MAP Fellow for Asia in the Department of Media and Performance Art), and the Whitney Independent Study Program (2016-17 Helena Rubinstein Critical Studies Fellow). He has previously worked in various capacities, including curator, archivist, and publications editor at Khoj International Artists' Association in New Delhi (2011-13).

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

Art of Colonial South Asia; Historiography; Collecting; Decolonization of the Museum

Tara entered the PhD program in 2015, with a BA in Art History from New York University, and a MA in Modern Art: Critical and Curatorial Studies from Columbia University. Her research interests include the art of British India, collecting and empire, and art-historical historiography. Race and identity politics in "post-racial" America served as the focal point for her first co-curated exhibition, a curious blindness, which was featured in The New York Times, Blouin ArtInfo, Vogue and The Village Voice. She is a recipient of the Steven Kossak Graduate Fellowship in South Asian Art History (2016-17) and a CTL Teaching Observation Fellowship (2018-19).

Tara has held internships at Sotheby’s, 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.

Emma Le Pouésard

Emma Le Pouésard

Emma Le Pouésard completed her B.A. in art history in 2015, graduating with First Class Honours and Distinction from McGill University. Her field is medieval art, Western and Islamic, from ca. 1200-1450. Her research focuses on what she terms a “materiality of femininity” in the late middle ages. Of primary interest are fourteenth-century “secular” elephant ivory mirrors, combs, and boxes and the enigmatic vulvar depictions that inhabit them. Her work considering the crossover between ecocriticism and feminism in medieval walrus ivory carving is forthcoming in Postmedieval's New Feminisms issue (September 2019).

Meng-Hsuan Lee

Meng-Hsuan Lee

Meng joined Columbia’s Ph.D. program in 2018. His research focuses on Japanese colonial architecture and urbanism in Taiwan. His current project investigates the affective level of Japanese-era monuments in Taipei and their role in the formation of Taiwan’s national identity. More broadly, he is also interested in global colonialisms, architectural preservation and urban memory, and historiography of architecture.

Prior to joining Columbia, Meng received his M.A. in Humanities (art history) from the University of Chicago, where he worked as a research assistant in Japanese art and wrote his master’s thesis examining the politics of urban memory surrounding Shih-Shih South Village, an architectural preservation project in Taipei. Previously, he received his B.A. in Drama and Theatre from National Taiwan University.

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 is a 2018-2019 American Institute for Maghrib Studies Long-Term Research Fellow, and a 2018-2019 Etant Donnés Curatorial Fellow. Her doctoral research is focused on Algerian national cinema and representations of revolutionary violence in the 1960s and 1970s. She works as independent curator based between New York and Marseille. Recent projects include "Original Language" at the CUE Art Foundation in Manhattan and "L'Intrus" at Tabakalera in San Sebastian, Spain. She is currently at work on "Waiting for Omar Gatlato: A Survey on Contemporary Algerian Art," which was awarded substantial support from the Warhol Foundation. It is scheduled to open in October 2019 at Columbia’s Wallach Art Gallery at the Lenfest Center for the Arts. Llorens also holds an MA from the Center for Curatorial Studies at Bard College.

Isabella Lores-Chavez

Isabella Lores-Chavez

Isabella is a PhD candidate in the department, specializing in 17th-century Dutch still life painting. She is the 2018-2019 Metropolitan Museum of Art Theodore Rousseau Fellow in European Paintings. In 2012 Isabella received her Bachelor of Arts (Magna Cum Laude, Phi Beta Kappa) in Art History from Yale University. 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. Isabella 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. While at Columbia, she has also served as the Academic Coordinator for the Getty Connecting Art Histories project "Spanish Italy and the Iberian Americas."

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 doctoral candidate in 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, Arathi completed her M.A. in 2013 and her M.Phil. in 2014. Her dissertation, currently in progress, explores the development of the sacred art and architecture of medieval Kerala. Arathi’s dissertation research has been supported by the Asher Family Fellowship from the American Institute of Indian Studies, the Riggio Fellowship in Art History, and the Steven Kossak Graduate Fellowship in Indian Art. 

Michaëla Mohrmann

Michaëla de Lacaze Mohrmann

Modern and Contemporary Art; Latin American Art; Korean Art

Michaëla de Lacaze Mohrmann obtained her B.A. in History of Art and Architecture with a specialization in modern and contemporary art from Harvard College. While at Columbia, she has focused her studies on Latin American artists, especially those from Argentina. She is now a Ph.D. candidate finishing her dissertation on Marta Minujín and the development of happenings, environments, and new media art in Buenos Aires during the 1960s. In recognition of her dissertation research, the Museum of Fine Arts in Houston awarded Michaëla the Peter C. Marzio Award for Outstanding Research in Latin American and Latino Art. The MFAH's International Center for the Arts of the Americas also published part of her dissertation’s first chapter on Informalismo and memory in post-Peronist Argentina. She has presented her research at the Museum of Modern Art, the 2012 CAA Annual Conference, and the National Museum of Korea. After spending two years in Seoul, where she was a fellow at the National Museum of Korea, Michaëla developed an interest in Korean art. She was 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. Additionally, she is the 2018-2019 Andrew W. Mellon Museum Research Consortium Fellow for the Museum of Modern Art’s Drawings and Prints Department and Cisneros Research Institute of Latin American Art.

Michael Muehlbauer

Mikael Muehlbauer

Western Medieval and Byzantine art and architecture


Mikael Muehlbauer is an advanced 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, specifically in the Islamicate Eastern Mediterranean and Indian Ocean. 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 dissertation is the result of a number of field seasons in Ethiopia in addition to archival work in Ethiopia and Italy. His research has been funded by grants and scholarships from the Historians of Islamic Art Association, the Hutchins Center for African and African American Research at Harvard University, Columbia GSAS, Central European University (Budapest), Koç University (Istanbul), and the National Science Foundation.

Since 2015, Mikael has also been engaged in research on a collection of 19th century Ethiopian diplomatic gifts at the Smithsonian Museum of Natural History and his writing on the subject is forthcoming in the journal West 86th and a chapter in the edited volume Putting Theory and Things Together: Working with Museum Collections to be published by the Smithsonian Institution in 2020.

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.

Oluremi Onabanjo

Oluremi Onabanjo

Oluremi studies the arts of Africa and the African Diaspora, and the history of photography and its related media. Prior to entering Columbia’s PhD program in 2018, she worked as the Director of Exhibitions and Collections for The Walther Collection, where she organized exhibitions within Europe, North America, and Africa. Oluremi has lectured internationally on photography and curatorial practice, and contributed to catalogues and photo books for 10x10 Photobooks, the American Federation of Arts, Aperture Foundation, Autograph ABP, The Studio Museum in Harlem, and The Walther Collection amongst others. She holds an MSc in Visual, Material, and Museum Anthropology from Oxford University, and a BA in African Studies from Columbia University.

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.

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 research centers on questions of power, institutions, and critique as they have been engaged by artists since the 1960s. She is currently completing a dissertation that analyzes these issues through the work of Louise Lawler and her collaborators, situated amidst the emergence of postmodernism and the “Pictures Generation” in New York at the turn of the 1980s. Leah recently contributed a catalogue essay and curatorial project to Brand New: Art and Commodity in the 1980s (Hirshhorn Museum and Sculpture Garden, Washington D.C., 2018) and curated Finesse, an exhibition that connected her dissertation research with new site-specific commissions by contemporary artists (Wallach Art Gallery, Columbia University, 2017). Her writing has been commissioned for monographs on the work of Rochelle Goldberg, Carissa Rodriguez, and Virginia Overton. Leah has presented her research at the Whitney Museum of American Art and Harvard’s Carpenter Center for Visual Arts, and her work has been supported by fellowships from the Heyman Center for the Humanities and Humanities New York.

Corey Ratch

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. 

Kalyani Madhura Ramachandran

Kalyani Madhura Ramachandran

Kalyani entered the PhD program in 2018. Her research focuses on the changing depictions of Buddhahood in South and Southeast Asia between the third century BCE and the fifth century CE. She also has a deep interest in the history of museums and photography beyond her particular area of specialization.

Prior to joining Columbia, Kalyani was a Research Assistant in the Department of Asian Art at the Metropolitan Museum of Art, where she assisted with exhibitions pertaining to premodern Hindu, Buddhist, and Jain material. She has a B.A. in History from the University of Delhi (2012) and an MPhil in Visual Anthropology from the University of Oxford (2015) as a Rhodes Scholar.

Daniel Ralston

Daniel Ralston

Daniel Ralston, a doctoral candidate, specializes in the art and visual culture of nineteenth-century Spain and Latin America. His dissertation considers a number of prominent Hispanic painters at work in Paris and Rome in the 1860s and 1870s andanalyzes how they interacted with, modified, and subtly subverted the art and expectations of their French contemporaries. He has catalogued a number of the Metropolitan Museum of Art’s little-studied nineteenth-century Spanish paintings, assisted with several exhibitions at the Brooklyn Museum, and contributed to collection research at the Hispanic Society of America. Daniel received his BA in art history and Spanish from the University of British Columbia. His research has been supported by the Jill MacCormick Fellowship (2016–2017), the Dr. Lee MacCormick Edwards Doctoral Summer Fellowship (2016), and the Social Sciences and Humanities Research Council of Canada Doctoral Fellowship (2017–2018). He is the 2018–2019 Meadows Curatorial Fellow at the Meadows Museum, SMU.

Julián Sánchez González

Julián Sánchez González

Julián Sánchez González is a Ph.D. Student in Art History at Columbia University. He holds an M.A. in Art History from NYU's Institute of Fine Arts, and a double B.A. in History and Political Science from the Universidad de los Andes in Bogotá. His broader academic interests investigate the relationship between self-taught and trained art in the context of the Black Atlantic Diaspora and the development of Global Modernisms during the second half of the twentieth century. His current research project analyzes the influence of alternative spiritual practices in art production from 1970s Latin America and the Caribbean. Previously, Mr. Sánchez worked with the Museos de Arte y Numismática del Banco de la República in Bogotá and the Art Museum of the Americas – Organization of American States in Washington, D.C. His writing has been published by the Museum of Modern Art (MoMA), the Patricia Phelps de Cisneros Collection, Oxford Art Online, and the Universidad Jorge Tadeo Lozano in Bogotá. His work has been generously supported by the Fulbright Program, the Ministerio de Cultura de Colombia, the Fundación COLFUTURO, and the Andrew W. Mellon Foundation. 

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). His interests include the aesthetics of imperial rule in British India, Tantric cults of the Divine Feminine, and the intersections between religion and modern art. Siddhartha's academic and curatorial projects have been featured in publications ranging from The Times of India to Psychology Today and The New Yorker.  He has also published in various journals including Common KnowledgeMargOrientations, and West 86th. In March 2018, Siddhartha was appointed Curator of Indian and South Asian Art at the Peabody Essex Museum (PEM).

Teresa Soley

Teresa Soley

Arts of Late Medieval and Early Modern Iberia; Fifteenth- and Sixteenth-century Sculpture; Early Netherlandish Painting; Artistic Exchange in the Age of Discoveries

Teresa Soley is a Ph.D. candidate focusing on monumental sculpture in fifteenth- and sixteenth-century Portugal. Prior to Columbia, she received 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. Her curatorial experience at the Groeningemuseum and Sint-Janshospitaal in Bruges included collaboration on the exhibitions Memling. Rinasciamento fiammingo 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 contributed to the catalogue for L'Homme, Le Dragon et la Mort: La Gloire de Saint Georges for Mons 2015: European Capital of Culture, and has been a Visiting Researcher at the Museu Nacional de Arte Antiga and Centro de Humanidades (CHAM) in Lisbon.

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.

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. Previously, she has held internships and fellowships at the Musée du Louvre, the Whitney Museum of American Art, the Museo Nacional del Prado, and the National Gallery of Art. She is currently the Hilla Rebay International Fellow at the Solomon R. Guggenheim Museum, the Museo Guggenheim Bilbao, and the Collezione Peggy Guggenheim.

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.

Brian van Oppen

Brian van Oppen

Brian is a Ph.D. candidate studying Etruscan and Roman art. His dissertation casts new light on Etruscan bronze candelabra, considering the ways their finial statuettes address viewers in both individual bodily terms and as members of an encompassing social body. Brian received his B.A. (Highest Honors, Phi Beta Kappa) in Classical Civilization from UC Berkeley in 2013. In 2014, he completed an M.A. thesis at Columbia examining the architectural and social functions of the bathing complexes at Hadrian’s Villa in Tivoli. In his time at Columbia, Brian has been most grateful for the opportunities to excavate at Hadrian’s Villa (2014-2018) as part of the Columbia APAHA project, and to teach Art Humanities.

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

Alexis Wang

Medieval Art

Alexis Wang is a doctoral student specializing in medieval art and architecture.  She received her B.A. 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 second-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 entered the doctoral program in 2013 with a focus on modern and contemporary art. Her research interests include visual culture, architecture and public space and its’ intersections with vision, desire, feminist and queer theory. Leah was a 2016-2017 Graduate Fellow at the Institute for Research on Women, Gender and Sexuality Studies (IRWGS). Her research is informed by literature and theory and she completed the certificate program at the Institute for Comparative Literature and Society (ICLS). Before coming to Columbia, Leah completed an MA in Art History at the Courtauld Institute 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). Her research has been supported by the DAAD.

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.

Alex Zivkovic

Alex Zivkovic

Alex studies early 20th-century photography and film, with an interest in queer theory and animal studies. He began Columbia’s Ph.D. program in 2018, having graduated from Stanford University in 2017 with a B.A. (with honors and distinction) in Art History and Comparative Studies in Race and Ethnicity. His undergraduate honors thesis examined the films of Jean Painlevé and, in his graduate work, he hopes to situate those documentaries amongst other representation of animal bodies in French and Spanish surrealism. He is also interested in rethinking the figure of the flâneur and exploring queer modernism across literature, art, and film. Before starting at Columbia, he worked as a research assistant for SFMOMA’s René Magritte: The Fifth Season (2018) and as a freelance writer with essays published on SFMOMA’s digital platform and Slate.