Art Education (PhD, MA, EdM) | Art History (PhD, MA) | Informatics (PhD)

Art Education


Shivani Bhalla


Interests: Identity, Narrative, Phenomenology, Community art education.

Allison Rowe


Interests: socially engaged art, participatory art, museum studies, contemporary art, museum education, curatorial studies
Dissertation topic: Ethnographic case-study of participatory and socially engaged art at cultural institutions in Canada and the United States

Catalina Hernàndez-Cabal


Interests: Embodiment, dance and performance, socially engaged art, critical pedagogies, feminist pedagogy and epistemology, Latin America, conceptual art.

Albert Stabler


Interests: Anti-racism, mass incarceration, aesthetics, social practice, decolonialization, conceptual art
Dissertation title: Legislative art: Laurie Jo Reynolds and the aesthetics of punishment

Ahu Yolac


Interests: technology and games in learning, virtual environments, art and technology in education, user experience


Angela Inez Baldus


Interests: art as social practice, post secondary art education, identity, belonging, hierarchies of art
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Kamila Glowacki


Interests: museum education, interplay of art/teaching/music, K-12 public schools
Thesis Topic: musicians as docents, creativity within institutions, Krannert Art Museum's "Art Remastered" program
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Hannah Ayers


Interests: Memes, identity, community art, social practice, alternative art programs
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Art History


Alyssa Rose Bralower


Interests: modern and contemporary art and visual culture, the history and theory of photography, collaborative art practices and socially-engaged art, representations of race and gender, performance art and performances of everyday life, feminist and queer theory
MA Thesis: The Surface Image and Ulterior Psyches: Claude Cahun and Marcel Moore's Anti-nazi Propaganda

Jenelle Davis

Interests: ethics of representation, commemorations and memorials, trauma and memory studies, conflict, peace and reconciliation studies, art and human rights, forensic architecture

Maria Dorofeeva

Interests: Critical Queer Theory, Gender and Sexuality in the Arts, History of National Fine Arts Exhibitions in Spain, European Symbolism, Anarchism and Visual Culture, Criminal Anthropology and the Arts 
Dissertation: Fantasizing Manhood: Art, Sexual Politics and the Rise of Queer Counterpublics in Spain, 1898-1939

Kirstin Gotway


Interests: Late 19th century Aesthetic Movement

Lauren (Ally) Johnson


Interests: History and theory of photography; race and representation; Cold War culture; museums, politics, and social practice 
Dissertation: "True Americanism": Images of Race and Citizenship in Ansel Adams's Photobooks, 1940-1960

Nancy Caron Karrels


Interests: Art History Provenance, history of collections, 18th-19th century French art, the early modern European art market, cultural property law. 
Dissertation title: Art and Spolia in Nineteenth-Century France

Jessie Landau


Minor: American Indian Studies
Interests: Eco-Critical Studies, Non-Human Animals, Indigenous Critical Theory, 20th-Century American Art, Extinction, Natural History, Taxidermy, Bigfoot, Hunting, American West
Dissertation: Critical Habitat: Picturing Conservation, Extinction, and the American Animal in a Long Twentieth Century

Dana Ostrander

Interests: American Art of the 19th and 20th centuries, the History of Photography, Medical Representations of the Body, Gender and Queer Theory, Race and Indigeneity, Disability Studies
Dissertation: Down to a Science: The Vestiges of Medical Photography in American Fine Art, 1860-2000 

Jenny Peruski


Interests: Swahili Coast art and architecture, Indian Ocean trade, Islamic studies, textiles, calligraphy, material culture of the slave trade

Gonzalo Pinilla

Minor: Latin American Photography
Interests: Latin American Modern and Contemporary art particularly print media, photography, colonial studies, contemporary urban cultural production, the history of collecting and displaying in South America, visual culture and politics, and questions of race and gender.

Sarah Richter


Interests: Contemporary African Art, West African and Diasporic Photography, Critical Race Theory, Borders, archival disruptions, port cities, portrait photography, representations of race and gender, the power of absence, bodily presence

Xuxa Rodriguez


Interests: 20th and 21st century Latinx and Latin American art, Afrodiasporic art and theory of the Caribbean and Latin America, representations of women of color in fashion and popular culture, critical race art history, performance studies and social practice, feminist and queer theories
Dissertation title: Performing Exile: Cuban-American Women's Performance Art, 1972-2014

Noelia Irizarry Román

Interests: nineteenth and twentieth century Latin American art; Latin American photography; studies of colonialism; representations of race and gender in Latin American art and photography; national identity discourses in modern Latin American art; the primitive in the nineteenth century imagination; citizenship; borders; Latino/a art

Laura Elizabeth Shea

Interests: History of photography, modern and contemporary art, feminist art, documentary photography, landscape photography, American and French literature and visual culture
Dissertation title: Photographs from the Road: Inge Morath, Sophie Calle, Sally Mann and the American Landscape

Rachel White

Interests: 20th century art and visual culture in the United States; Histories of Photography and the Illustrated Press; Constructions and Performances of Gender; Materiality and Affect Theory 
Dissertation title: Graphic Form: Vogue and the Politics of the Body, 1930-1950


Cherise Lukacs Brashear


Seventeenth-century Dutch still life painting, Dutch art, art and science, early modern Europe

Yue Dai

Interests: paintings in Ming and Qing dynasties, theory of literature and art, gender studies, cultural studies, urban space studies

Maria V. Garth

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Interests: Modern and contemporary art, history and theory of photography, European avant-garde art, Russian and Soviet art, and critical theory

Informatics (PhD)

Priscilla Ferronato

My research interest is related to the relationship between design, technology and society. In creating affordable, meaningful, and sustainable solutions to the problems we, as individuals and as society, face on our daily basis. Therefore, I am researching a data visualization system for multiple interpretation support in design.

William Gillespie


Interests: literary design, visualization of narrative, literary arts

Monica Porteanu


Interests: decision ethnography, futures and anticipatory thinking, strategy, cognition models, human factors - to drive progress of individual and collective members of the global society