Graduate Students

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lilyallensmallAllen, Lily (MA Program)

Areas of Interest: Eighteenth- and nineteenth-century European art; visual production and exchange in the imperialist empires.
catrensmallCatren, Mark (MA Program)

Area of Interest: Pre-Columbian to Colonial contact period Mexico; Iconography and ethnohistorical investigative methods; displays of the supernatural, shamanism, religious activity, and afterlife locations. Working thesis title: “The Multivocality of Hell: Aztec Mictlan in Early 16th Century.”
chiangsmallChiang, Wan-Ling (Doctoral Program)

Areas of Interest: 20th century Asian art and cultural politics, with particular interests in the process of canon formation as well as related issues including taste, identity, cultural transmission and the history of art historical writing.
FalzoneFalzone Robinson, Carlotta (Doctoral Candidate)

Area of Interest: Nineteenth-century decorative arts.
HamptonHampton, Steven (Doctoral Candidate)

Area of Interest: The role of kitsch within modern and contemporary American art; specifically, the integration of kitsch through strategies of "bad" painting from the 1970's - present. MA thesis "Bad Painting and Kitsch."
hextrumsmallHextrum, Robin (MA Program)

Area of Interest: Nineteenth-century academic oil painting, art education, and modern/ contemporary art theory with a specific focus on the recent classical revivalist movement in representational oil painting.
LithgowLithgow, Timothy (Doctoral Program)

Area of Interest: Twentieth and twenty-first century modern and contemporary art with particular interest in the history of photography.
manesssmallManess, Rebecca (MA Program)

Nineteenth century European and American art, especially during the Victorian era. She is especially interested in women artists, representations of women, visual/material culture, and museum studies.
mcginnissmallMcGinnis, Michaela (MA Program)

Nineteenth and twentieth century French art with a particular interest in the influence of French Surrealists on mestizo artists, such as Frida Kahlo, who combined European artistic traditions with indigenous artistic traditions and culture.
medinasmallMedina, Daniel (MA Program)

Area of Interest: Twentieth-century avant-garde with a focus on the interwar period. Particular interest in the German form of Dada and its utilization of the tactic of photomontage as a weapon for political agitation.
MedinaMedina, Rocío (MA Program)

Area of Interest: In her case study on Sexo, Death and Rock 'n' Roll, Rocío plans to employ Chicana/o literary methodology to examine Chicana/o Art to appropriately assess murals, objects, and performance poetry created to venerate three Chicana/o musicians who died tragically. She will argue how they posthumously influence Chicana/o artists to disprove heteronormative notions and facilitate decolonization in the re-imagination of the U.S./Mexico border through art production.
neri-lewissmallNeri Lewis, Cynthia (Doctoral Program)

Early Modern Ibero-American art, with an emphasis on the art of the missions of Northern New Spain/ Spanish borderlands. In her current research, she attempts to join the “local” history of California mission art with the larger narratives of North American and Spanish art. In addition to investigating the connections between Jesuit and Franciscan mission art and iconography, she plans to locate and examine the intersections between Catholic and secular texts that informed 18th-century painters and their patrons in New Spain. She is also interested in 20th and 21st century collecting and display practices and representations of the missions in 19th-century paintings and early photographs.
OlvidoOlvido, Karlyn (MA Program)

Area of Interest: History of photography, with a focus on nineteenth-century and early twentieth-century photography. MA thesis in progress explores nineteenth-century medical photographs, particularly operation scenes.
querinsmallQuerin, Camilla (Doctoral Program)

Contemporary art and photography with a special attention to the intersection between visual arts and politics. Her primary focus is artistic production and curatorial practices during the dictatorships that shaped Latin American political and cultural history of the 1960s-1980s.
RoweRowe, Sara (MA Program)

Area of Interest: History of photography, with a focus on the use of photography within montage during periods of war in American history, specifically during the Vietnam War.
WilsonWilson, Elaine (MA Program)

Area of Interest: Religious art in Spain and Latin America; special emphasis on how art was used in the conquest of the New World, the demonization of indigenous religions, and the missionization of the California Indians.