Interests: socially engaged art, museum studies, contemporary art, museum education, activist art
Dissertation topic: Ethnographic study of museum-based socially engaged art
Interests: Race, incarceration, policing, law, sadism, torture, trauma, conceptual art, entropy
Dissertation title: Artist, teacher, cop: Laurie Jo Reynolds and the aesthetics's of power
Interests: community-based art education, museums, social practice
Interests: Museum education, contemporary art, new media.
Alyssa Rose Bralower
Interests: 20th century and contemporary art, the history and theory of photography, representations of race and gender, performance art and performances of everyday life, 19th and 20th century European and U.S. popular culture, public and private spaces, politics of display, archival interventions, affect theory, feminist and queer theories, critical theory
Dissertation title: The Surface Image and Ulterior Psyches: Claude Cahun and Marcel Moore's Anti-nazi Propaganda
Interests: ethics of representation, commemorations and memorials, trauma and memory studies, conflict, peace and reconciliation studies, art and human rights, forensic architecture
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
Lauren (Ally) Johnson
Interests: modern and contemporary art, photography, critical race theory, museums and activism
Dissertation: "True Americanism": Images of Race and Citizenship in Ansel Adams's Photobooks, 1940-1960
Interests: Art History Provenance, history of collections, 18th-19th century French art, the early modern European art market, cultural property law.
Dissertation title: Napoleonic spoliation.
Minor: American Indian Studies
Interests: decolonial theory, indigenous critical theory, affect theory, ecocritical studies, twentieth century American art, natural history, taxidermy, wilderness, American West, hunting, Bigfoot, photography, extinction
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
Interests: Swahili Coast art and architecture, Indian Ocean trade, Islamic studies, textiles, calligraphy, material culture of the slave trade
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.
Interests: Contemporary African Art, West African and Diasporic Photography, Critical Race Theory, Borders, sites of encounter, memory and trauma studies, port cities, portrait photography, representations of race and gender
Interests: Modern and contemporary Latin American and Latinx art, Blackness, Brownness, feminist and queer theory, performance studies.
Dissertation title: Performing Exile: Cubanidad, Performance Art, and Cuban-American Subjectivity
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
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
Interests: The Representation of Games in 18th-Century Rococo Painting, Baroque and Rococo Painting
Interests: paintings in Ming and Qing dynasties, theory of literature and art, gender studies, cultural studies, urban space studies
Maria V. Garth
Interests: Modern and contemporary art, history and theory of photography, European avant-garde art, critical theory, photographic representations of gender and race, feminist art
Interests: 18th and 19th century French and English lithography, Art of the French Revolution, Theodore Géricault and depictions of horses, Romantic prints and painting
Interests: Site-specific artworks and monuments; Ecology and landscape; History of Science, Technology, and Natural History; Interdisciplinary collaboration; The Archive