Announcement: Meredith Gamer and Michael J. Waters will join the faculty in Fall 2016

Meredith Gamer will be joining the department as Assistant Professor of European Art, 1700-1900. Dr Gamer earned her PhD from Yale with a dissertation on eighteenth-century British art, though her expertise extends to the broader Atlantic and British colonial worlds. She has already co-curated the major exhibition Figures of Empire: Slavery and Portraiture in Eighteenth-Century Atlantic Britain and has worked extensively on the cataloging of Turner drawings at the Tate Britain.

Michael J. Waters will be the department's new Assistant Professor of Renaissance Architectural History. Dr Waters received his PhD from the Institute of Fine Arts, where he wrote a dissertation on the re-use of ancient building fragments and the transmission of architectural knowledge. He has published a highly regarded article in the Journal of the Society of Architectural Historians on Renaissance architectural engravings. He will be an anchor to the rebuilding of Columbia's traditional strength in the history of architecture across all periods.

Both Dr Gamer and Dr Waters are delaying their arrival by one year in order to complete post-doctoral fellowships, Dr Gamer at Yale's Institute of Sacred Music, Dr Waters at Worcester College, Oxford University.