Contributors & Contributing Editors

We actively seek new contributors. If you are interested in contributing, please email us at: drszucker[at]gmail[dot]com or Beth.harris[at]gmail[dot]com. See our "Call for Essays" in CAA News, and our Trello Board for contributors.

Contributing Editors

Dr. Amy Calvert is the Contributing Editor for Ancient Egyptian art. Amy holds a Ph.D. from the Institute of Fine Arts at New York University and has been involved in several excavations in Italy, Egypt, and the U.S. She acted as registrar in the field for the Osiris Temple Project with the Yale-University of Pennsylvania-New York University Expedition to Abydos and has worked at The British Museum and the Museum of Fine Arts, Boston. 

Dr. Jeffrey A. Becker is Contributing Editor for Ancient Roman and Etruscan art. His research is focused on Italo-Roman architecture and urbanism, but is interested in urbanism across the Mediterranean basin, as a well as in building techniques, city planning, Roman villas, and archaeological theory. Becker was trained in Classics at the University of North Carolina at Chapel Hill (M.A., Ph.D.) and has extensive experience as a classroom instructor and as an excavator, having worked for a number of years in and around Rome.

Dr. Esperança Camara is Contributing Editor for Renaissance and Baroque Art. She received her BA in art history from Reed College and her PhD from Johns Hopkins University with concentrations in Italian Renaissance and Baroque art and nineteenth-century French art. Her research focuses on Italian devotional art of the post-Tridentine period (1560-1640). In 2006 she received the Excellence in Teaching and Campus Leadership Award at the University of Saint Francis in Fort Wayne, Indiana where she is currently Associate Professor of Art History and Director of the MA in Studio Art Program.

Dr. Steven Fine is Contributing Editor for Jewish Art.  He received his doctorate in Jewish History from the Hebrew University of Jerusalem, and his MA in Art History from USC.  Fine’s  Art and Judaism in the Greco-Roman World: Toward a New Jewish Archaeology (2005; rev. ed. 2010) received the Association for Jewish Studies' Jordan Schnitzer Book Award in 2009. He is Professor of Jewish history at Yeshiva University and director of the Arch of Titus Digital Restoration Project. 

Dr. Sally Hickson is Contributing Editor for Renaissance art in Northern Italy. She is Associate Professor of Renaissance Art History at the University of Guelph. Sally received the H.P. Krauss Fellowship in early books and manuscripts at the Beinecke Library at Yale University (2009), and the Natalie Zemon Davis Award from the Journal Renaissance and Reformation (2010). She is the author of Women, Art and Architectural Patronage in Renaissance Mantua: Matrons, Mystics and Monasteries (2012), and co-editor of Inganno—The Art of Deception (2012).

Dr. Rebecca Jeffrey Easby is the Contributing Editor for 19th Century Art and an Associate Professor of Art History and Chair of the Fine Arts Program at Trinity Washington University in Washington, D.C. Her research can be found in publications such as The Burlington Magazine and History and Community: Essays in Victorian Medievalism (Garland Press). She received her Ph.D. from the Courtauld Institute of Art, University of London.

Dr. Lauren G. Kilroy-Ewbank is the Contributing Editor for Latin American Colonial art. She received her Ph.D. in Art History from the University of California Los Angeles. In 2013, she received a Mrs. Giles Whiting Foundation Fellowship for Excellence in Teaching at Brooklyn College, CUNY, where she is currently an Assistant Professor of Art History.

Dr. Elizabeth Macaulay-Lewis is Contributing Editor for the Arts of the Islamic World. She is an archaeologist and architectural historian. She is currently Visiting Assistant Professor at the Graduate Center at CUNY and serves on the governing board of the Archaeological Institute of America. She has a DPhil in Classical Archaeology from Oxford University.

Dr. Joanna Milk Mac Farland is Contributing Editor for Fourteenth- and Fifteenth-Century Tuscan Art. She recently received her Ph.D. in the History of Art from the University of London’s Courtauld Institute of Art, where she attended as a Thomas Lee scholar. Currently, she is working on a book project investigating depictions of visionary experience in early Renaissance Italy.

Dr. Bonnie J. Noble is Contributing Editor for the Northern Renaissance and Associate Professor of Art History at the University of North Carolina at Charlotte. She received her Ph.D. in art history from Northwestern University, her MA in art history from the University of Pennsylvania. Her specialization is art of the Northern Renaissance, particularly sixteenth-century German painting.Associate Professor of Art History at the University of North Carolina at Charlotte. She received her Ph.D. in art history from Northwestern University, her MA in art history from the University of Pennsylvania. Her specialization is art of the Northern Renaissance, particularly sixteenth-century German painting.

Dr. Nancy Ross is Contributing Editor for Medieval Art. She received her Ph.D. in the History of Art from Cambridge University in 2007. She specializes in medieval illuminated manuscripts and teaches art history at Dixie State College of Utah.

Allison Young is Contributing Editor for Global Modern and Contemporary Art. She is a doctoral candidate in Art History at the Institute of Fine Arts, NYU. She has held positions at the Museum of Fine Arts, Boston, the Rose Art Museum at Brandeis University and the Metropolitan Museum of Art. Allison is currently a graduate fellow in NYU’s Global Research Center in London. 

Dr. Bryan J. Zygmont is Contributing Editor for American Art. He earned his Ph.D. from the Department of Art History and Archaeology at the University of Maryland in 2006. He is currently Associate Professor of Art History at Clarke University in Dubuque, Iowa. Zygmont is the author of Portraiture and Politics in New York City, 1790-1825: Gilbert Stuart, John Vanderlyn, John Trumbull, and John Welsey Jarvis, a book he partially wrote while a Visiting Scholar at the National Portrait Gallery. Zygmont was a Fulbright Scholar in 2013. 


Dr. Kris Belden-Adams is an Assistant Professor of Art History at the University of Mississippi. Her work has appeared in Afterimage, Cabinet, and in the Metropolitan Museum of Art’s 2012 book Faking It: Manipulated Photography before Photoshop.

Dr. William Allen teaches art history at Arkansas State University. William received his doctorate from Johns Hopkins in Byzantine art and architecture. He has traveled widely and lived for periods in Turkey and Afghanistan
Dr. Jessica L. Ambler holds a Ph.D. from the University of California, Santa Barbara with a specialization is Roman architecture. She was a Post-Doctoral Research Fellow at UCSB and a Curatorial Assistant at the Santa Barbara Museum of Art. She now teaches Humanities online for Southern New Hampshire University. 

Dr. Colette Apelian obtained her doctorate in Art History from the University of California, Los Angeles where she specialized in Islamic art and architecture. Dr. Apelian lives and researches in Morocco and is currently writing a manuscript on the histories of electricity, automobiles, and development in the old city of Fez during the French colonial period (1912-1956). Dr. Apelian teaches art history online for Berkeley City College in Berkeley, California.

Roger D. Arnold is currently Curatorial Assistant for the Arts of Africa, Pacific Islands, Asia, and the Islamic World at the Brooklyn Museum. He has held professional appointments in museums, libraries, and archives throughout the New York City area. His research interests include West and Central African textiles, and the display and interpretation of African art in American museums. He studied Art History and Africana studies at Hobart & William Smith Colleges and City College of the City University of New York.

Dr. Darius Arya received his Ph.D. in Classical Archaeology from the University of Texas in Austin in 2002. He has been a Fulbright Fellow and a Fellow of the American Academy in Rome. Darius co-founded the American Institute for Roman Culture and has directed numerous excavations including digs in the Roman Forum and Ostia Antica. has appeared the History, National Geographic, and Discovery Channels.

Dr. Javier Berzal de Dios received his Ph.D. from Ohio State University. He is an Assistant Professor of Early Modern Art and Critical Theory at Western Washington University.  His research and writing addresses the intersections of art, architecture, and theory, with a focus on space and spatiality.

Christine Bolli is a Ph.D. candidate at the University of California, Santa Barbara focusing on Romanesque architecture in Provence and Cistercian architecture. Christine works as an instructor for Brooks Institute in Santa Barbara and Ventura as well as for CSU Channel Islands. She writes for Art Fix Daily.

Doris Bravo is a Ph.D. candidate in Art History at The University of Texas at Austin, specializing in twentieth-century Latin American art. She is currently completing her dissertation research in Chile with support from the Institute of International Education Graduate Fellowship for International Study.

Alexander Brey is a Ph.D. candidate in the History of Art at Bryn Mawr College, where he also received his M.A. His thesis focused on early medieval triconch halls and the early Islamic palace known as Mushatta, and his dissertation is about images of hunting in architectural decoration produced within the Umayyad empire.

Dr. Katherine T. Brown is Assistant Professor of Art History and Director of Museum Studies at Walsh University in North Canton, Ohio. She received her M.A. and Ph.D. from Indiana University-Bloomington. Research areas of interest include images of the Madonna della Misericordia in Medieval and Renaissance art, self-portraiture in Venice during the Renaissance, and the oeuvre of Luca Signorelli.

Dr. Catherine Burdick holds a Ph.D. in Art History from the University of Illinois at Chicago, specializing broadly in pre-Columbian Mesoamerica, and specifically in relationships between portraiture and hieroglyphs in Classic Maya sculpture. She has taught art history at several institutions, including Milwaukee Institute of Art and Design and UIC.

Emily Casden received her M.A. in art history from Hunter College in 2011. She specializes in twentieth-century modernism, with a strong interest in German Expressionism, Futurism, Interwar and Postwar art, and art theory and aesthetics.
Matt Collins is a Ph.D. candidate in Italian Studies at Harvard University, where he specializes in medieval and modern cultural history. He earned his MA from New York University’s Institute of Fine Arts.  His thesis was on the convergence of propagandized literature, art and architecture under the fascist regime. His dissertation will deal with particular illustrations of Dante’s Divine Comedy.

Dr. Christina Connett is Curator of Exhibitions and Collections at the New Bedford Whaling Museum in New Bedford, Massachusetts. She has an MA from the University of Auckland New Zealand, and a Ph.D. candidate from the University of Valencia in Spain. Connett has taught Art History and the History of Cartography at the Rhode Island School of Design and University of Massachusetts, Dartmouth.

Pippa Couch holds a Masters in History of Art from the Courtauld Institute of Art, London and specializes in the art from Antiquity to Byzantium. She is currently working as a gallery educator at the Courtauld Institute Galleries and the Dulwich Picture Gallery in London.

Radha Dalal is Assistant Professor of Islamic Art and Architecture at Virginia Commonwealth University in Doha, Qatar. She researches visual cultures of mobility with a particular emphasis on architecture and the urban environment of the Ottoman Empire in the 19th and early 20th centuries and the empire’s socio-political interactions with other European and Asian polities. 

Abigail Lapin Dardashti is a Ph.D. student in Art History at the CUNY Graduate Center.  Her research focuses on twentieth-century Latin American art and more specifically post-war Brazil and the Dominican Republic.

Dr. Joseph Dauben is Distinguished Professor of History at Herbert H. Lehman College and the Graduate School and University Center of the City University of New York. He has published widely on many subjects including the History of Science, the History of Mathematics, the Scientific Revolution, Sociology of Science, and Intellectual History. He received his Ph.D. at Harvard University.

Mya Dosch is a PhD candidate in Art History at The Graduate Center, CUNY.  Her area of specialization is 20th-century art of Latin America, and her dissertation research focuses on artistic and architectural projects in Mexico City that memorialize the 1968 student movement and the massacre of student activists in Tlatelolco Square.  Mya teaches at Brooklyn College and City College.  

Linda Downs is Executive Director and CEO of College Art Association. Previously she was Director of the Figge Art Museum; Director of Education at the National Gallery of Art; and Curator of Education at the Detroit Institute of Arts. She has an M.A. in the history of art from the University of Michigan, post graduate study in history at American University and a Ph.B. from Monteith College at Wayne State University.  

Dr. David Drogin has been a professor in the History of Art Department at SUNY's Fashion Institute of Technology since 2004 and has previously taught at Wesleyan University, Harvard and Yale. A specialist in Italian Renaissance art, he received his M.A. and Ph.D. from Harvard University.

Dr. Davor Džalto is associate professor of art history, art theory and religious studies at the American University of Rome. He earned his Ph.D. from the University of Freiburg, on the topic “The Role of the Artist in Self-Referent Art.” He has published five books and over 30 scholarly articles and essays.

Dr. Nausikaä El-Mecky is a fellow of the interdisciplinary research group Bildakt und Verkörperung at the Humboldt University in Berlin and a lecturer at the Freie Universität in Berlin and Utrecht University in the Netherlands. She received her Ph.D. in History of Art from the University of Cambridge in 2013 for her thesis "Dangerous Art: Towards a Theory of Organised Legal Attacks on European Art."

Dr. Allen Farber has taught at the State University of New York College at Oneonta since 1981. He has been responsible for teaching a range of courses including upper level courses in Ancient, Medieval, and Renaissance art. He received his Ph.D. from Cornell University in 1980. 

Dr. Abram Fox holds a doctorate in art history and archaeology from the University of Maryland, where he specialized in eighteenth century British and American painting. In addition to his dissertation research on the transatlantic artistic and educational exchange centered on the workshop of Benjamin West, Abram has published work on twentieth-century Czech postcards, and comic books in art history.

Dr. Bernard Frischer authored, or co-authored, six books and many articles on virtual heritage and on the Classical world and its survival. He is Professor of Informatics at Indiana University, Bloomington. Previously, he was Professor of Art History and Classics at the University of Virginia where he was Director of the Virtual World Heritage Laboratory. Dr. Frischer’s many projects include "Rome Reborn,” the virtual recreation of the city of ancient Rome within the Aurelian Walls. He received his Ph.D. in Classics summa cum laude from the University of Heidelberg.

Dr. Julia Fischer is a Lecturer of Art History at Georgia Southern University. She has also taught at Columbus College of Art and Design, Denison University, and The Ohio State University. Her dissertation is titled “For Your Eyes Only: Private Propaganda in Roman Imperial Cameos.” Her research explores the iconography of Roman imperial cameos.

Meg Floryan earned her Masters in American Fine & Decorative Art from Sotheby's Institute of Art in New York.

Jennifer Freeman is interested in the relationship between medieval art and theology. In 2009, she received her Master of Art in Religion from Yale Divinity School and is currently a doctoral candidate in religion at Vanderbilt University.

Dr. Shana Gallagher-Lindsay has taught the history of Western art at the Fashion Institute of Technology, S.U.N.Y., since 1994. Her areas of specialization are modern and contemporary art, and photography. She completed her Ph.D. at the City University of New York Graduate Center in 2003, writing her dissertation on the installation artist, Marcel Broodthaers.

Dr. Senta German, now at the Ashmolean Museum of Art and Archaeology, University of Oxford, earned her Ph.D. at Columbia University in Aegean, Greek and Ancient Near Eastern archaeology and art. She explores the intersection of art and ancient Greek society with specific attention to performance, gender and the impacts of the illicit antiquities trade and forgery. She has taught at Columbia University, New York University, Rutgers University and was Associate Professor of Classics and Art History at Montclair State University.

Dr. Beth S. Gersh-Nesic earned her Ph.D. in art history from the City University of New York Graduate Center and currently teaches art history at Purchase College. Her specialty is Modern Art with an emphasis on Picasso and Cubism.

Dr. Parme Giuntini received her Ph.D. from UCLA where she focused on 18th century British portraiture and the development of a modern domestic ideal.  She directs the Art History program at Otis College of Art and Design where her scholarly interests in portraiture and gender have broadened into fashion  and identity. 

Dr. Amy K. Hamlin focuses on early twentieth-century German art, particularly the work of Max Beckmann. Hamlin earned a Ph.D. from the Institute of Fine Arts at NYU and is currently an Assistant Professor of Art History at St. Catherine University, where she teaches across the art history curriculum.

Dr. Kristen M. Harkness specializes in Russian art of the late-nineteenth century and its relationship to the varied arts and crafts movements then developing across Europe. Dr. Harkness is currently a Lecturer at West Virginia University and an Instructor at University of Pittsburgh where she earned her Ph.D.

Sophie Harland completed her Masters at the Courtauld Institute of Art, writing her dissertation on the reproduction of ancient sculpture in eighteenth-century Britain. During her studies she wrote for and edited a number of gallery publications as well as delivering public talks in the Courtauld Gallery.

Dr. Jessica Hammerman is Assistant Professor of World and European History at Central Oregon Community College in Bend, Oregon. Her research focuses on interactions among Jews, Muslims, and Christians in decolonizing Algeria in the 1950s and 1960s.   

Dr. Shaina Hammerman received her Ph.D. in Jewish History and Culture from the Graduate Theological Union (GTU) in Berkeley, California. She specializes in modern Jewish culture with an emphasis on French and American film and literature. She has taught Jewish history and religion at the GTU, UC Davis, and Mills College.

Leila Anne Harris is a doctoral student in art history at the Graduate Center, City University of New York, where she specializes in the history of photography. Her research and writing focus on nineteenth century photography, gender, and domesticity.

Dr. Shawnya L. Harris is an Assistant Professor of Art History at Elizabeth City State University. She earned her Ph.D. degree in art history from the University of North Carolina at Chapel Hill. Her research interests include modern and contemporary arts of the African diaspora and issues related to art collecting and patronage.

Dr. Benjamin Harvey is an associate Professor of art history at Mississippi State University, Ben received graduate degrees from the University of Birmingham, UK, and UNC-Chapel Hill. His research focuses on word-and-image issues, especially as they relate to 19th century France and early 20th century Britain. His work has appeared in numerous venues, including publications by Cornell University Press, Edinburgh University Press, and Palgrave MacMillan.

Dr. Margaret Herman earned a Ph.D. from the Graduate Center of the City University of New York, where she specialized in early twentieth-century architecture and urbanism. She has taught courses in art and architectural history at City College, Parsons, and Montclair State University.

Dr. Heather A. Horton specializes in Medieval and Renaissance art and architectural history, especially the works of the writer and architect Leon Battista Alberti. Horton earned her Ph.D. from the Institute of Fine Arts. She is a frequent guest lecturer at The Cloisters Museum and has taught art history at New York University, The City University of New York, and Purchase College; currently she teaches art and design at Pratt Institute.

Roshna Kapadia has an MA in South Asian Studies from the University of Pennsylvania and has recently completed an MA in Art History at George Mason University. Her primary area of focus is South Asian art (Buddhist sculpture, Hindu architecture, Islamic painting from the Mughal era).

Farisa Khalid holds a Masters in art history from the Institute of Fine Arts. Her primary area of interest is nineteenth and twentieth century American art and visual culture with a sub-specialty in South Asian art.

Katrina Klaasmeyer earned her Masters in Art History from the University of Oregon, with her thesis "Capitalist Realism: The Work of Gerhard Richter, Sigmar Polke and Konrad Lueg, 1962-67." She curated an exhibition on the Japanese tradition of manga as it relates to war and romance comics of the 1940s-50s at the Jordan Schnitzer Museum of Art.

Dr. Juliana Kreinik has taught the History of Photography at SUNY, New Paltz, Pace University, and Pratt Institute and lectured on German art of the Weimar era. She received her Ph.D. from New York University's Institute of Fine Arts.

Chad Laird has taught in the History of Art Department at the Fashion Institute of Technology since 2005. He received his M.A. in Art History and Criticism from Stony Brook University in 2000, and now concentrates on filmmaking, music and sound art.

Julia Langley received an M.A. in ancient Greek art history from the University of California, Los Angeles. She also completed the graduate program in Museum Studies at the George Washington University with a study of the war memorials on the National Mall.

Dr. Ayla Lepine specializes in British nineteenth-century art and architectural history. Prior to obtaining her Ph.D. at The Courtauld Institute of Art in 2011, she studied art history and theology at the University of Victoria and Oxford University. Her thesis focused on intersections between the Gothic Revival, Anglicanism, Oxford, and Cambridge.

Dana Martin received her Master’s in art history from Long Beach State University in 2012. Her thesis focused on the theme of heroic death in American art. She currently teaches art history and humanities courses in the southern California.

Dr. Anne McClanan teaches at Portland State University. She published a book analyzing Byzantine empresses and edited an anthology on Iconoclasm (published as well in Chinese translation) and another anthology on the material culture of sex, procreation and marriage.

Dr. Jennifer N. McIntire teaches art history part-time at the University of Massachusetts, Dartmouth. She received her Ph.D. from Princeton University in Far Eastern Art History. Making Chinese art accessible and understandable to a wide variety of people is a primary interest.

Jp McMahon is a Ph.D. candidate in Art History at University College Cork, Ireland. He currently teaches and is academic coordinator on the diploma in European Art History in the Adult Education department of the same university. He has published a number of essay on American art since 1945.

Jeremy Miller has taught art history at the Fashion Institute of Design and Merchandising in San Francisco since 2006. He received his MA in Art History from San Francisco State University in 2007, with an emphasis on Venetian Art. 

Shadieh Mirmobiny is an adjunct Professor of art history at Folsom Lake College; she also teaches at Sierra College and American River Colleges, where she teaches Western and non-Western art history survey courses. Her field of interest and focus of study is critical theory in art history.

Dr. Noelle C. Paulson, a specialist in nineteenth-century European art history, received her MA and Ph.D. from Washington University in St. Louis. Since moving to Switzerland at the end of 2009, she has been an independent art historian, researcher, and freelance writer for museums in Italy, the Netherlands, Switzerland, Canada, and the U.S.

Isaac Peterson is an artist, a writer, and a teacher. His writing is published primarily in Flash Art magazine. In his studio work, he focuses on drawing and animation, but constantly returns to oil painting.

Dianne Pierce is part-time faculty at the State University of New York at New Paltz teaching history of decorative arts, modern design, museum studies, and architecture of New York City. In addition, Dianne is part-time faculty at Parsons The New School for Design in New York, teaching the history of decorative arts and other courses.

Ben Pollitt studied Art History and English Literature at Edinburgh University. He teaches Art History at Fine Arts College in Hampstead and Ashbourne College in Kensington. He is an A Level examiner in the subject.

Dr. Chloe Portugeis received a Ph.D. from Yale University in 2014 where she specialized in Victorian art. She has presented papers at CUNY and Vanderbilt University and worked as a research assistant at the Yale Center for British Art and as an intern for Venice Guggenheim and the de Young Museum in San Francisco.

Dr. Matthew Postal is a historian of 20th-century architecture and urbanism. A graduate of Vassar College and New York University's Institute of Fine Arts, he earned his Ph.D. at the Graduate Center of City University in 1998, where his dissertation examined the relationship between Modernism, museums, and the media.

Dr. Shannon Pritchard is Assistant Professor of Art History at the University of Southern Indiana in Evansville, Indiana. She received her Ph.D. from the University of Georgia. Continued areas of research include broader issues of the paragone in late sixteenth-century Florence, Caravaggio and his use of prints, and Giambologna’s role within the Accademia del Disegno in Florence.

Stephanie Roberts received her Masters degree from the Courtauld Institute of Art, London. Her research interests include 19th century British Art, the History of Art in Wales, and Tudor and Stuart portraiture.

Lynn Robinson holds a Masters degree in art history from the University of California, Los Angeles, where she specialized in Theory and Criticism. She also received a Museum Studies degree with an emphasis on museum education from John F. Kennedy University.  She is currently an Adjunct Professor of Visual Studies at California College of the Arts.

Emmanuel Ortega Rodríguez is a Ph.D. Doctoral Candidate in Ibero-America colonial art history from the University of New Mexico where he also earned his MA Masters in Art History of the Americas. Both, his thesis and doctoral dissertation are works that developed around the need to better understand the peculiar nature of images of violence and death created in the Latin American colonial context.

Shawn Roggenkamp received her Masters in History of Art from the Courtauld Institute of Art. She specializes in early Twentieth Century German art and culture with a focus on emigre artists and their influence, particularly on American Post-War art, and cross-disciplinary development between the visual and performing arts.

Rachel S. Ropeik is Senior Museum Educator/Teacher Services Coordinator at Brooklyn Museum and a 19th century specialist particularly interested in the intersection of art and costume histories. She received her MA in Art History from the Courtauld Institute of Art where she examined 19th century masculinity and 20th century gender theory.

Josh Rose earned an MA in Art History from the University of North Texas in 2003. In the years since, he has worked in museum art education, designing adult programming at the Nasher Sculpture Center and the Dallas Museum of Art. His areas of research interest include Surrealism and Surrealist photography.

Elisabeth Rowney is Associate Course Director of Art History at Full Sail University in Winter Park, Florida. She received her Master's Degree from the University of South Florida.  Her primary focus is the concept of fallen women.

Dr. Jordana Moore Saggese is an assistant professor of Visual Studies, and affiliated faculty in the Graduate Program in Visual and Critical Studies at California College of the Arts. Trained as an art historian, her work focuses on modern and contemporary art with an emphasis on the expressions and theorizations of blackness.
Dr. Wendy Schaller is an Associate Professor of Art History at Ashland University. She earned her BA from the University of Tennessee and both her MA and Ph.D. in art history from the Ohio State University. Her research focuses primarily on portraits of children and the subject of death, grief and consolation in the seventeenth-century Netherlands.

Karen Schifman is an Art Historian who focuses particularly on women artists and the representation of women in visual culture. She received her MA from California State University, Northridge.

Dr. Karen Shelby is an Assistant Professor of Art History at Baruch College, The City University of New York. Her research focuses on the visual culture of Flemish nationalism in the Great War. Her book, Flemish Nationalism and the Great War: The Politics of Memory, Visual Culture and Commemoration, will be published in spring 2014.

Valerie Spanswick earned her BA in art history from the University of Washington in Seattle, which included studying both Classic and Baroque art and architecture in Rome. She earned her MA in the history of art from the University of York with a focus on 18th and 19th century British art and architecture.

Dr. Virginia B. Spivey is an art writer specializing in late 20th and 21st century art history and theory. She holds a Ph.D. in art history from Case Western Reserve University. Now based in Washington D.C., she develops art history educational materials in addition to her scholarly work, which is currently focused on the relationship of performance to contemporary craft production.

Greg Stuart is the Public Programs and Outreach Manager at the Samek Art Museum, part of Bucknell University. He received an MA in Art History from the School of the Art Institute of Chicago. His research interests include globalism in historic and contemporary art from West Africa. 

Dr. Robert Summers received his Ph.D. in Art History at UCLA. Currently he is a lecturer at Otis College of Art, where he received the Excellence in Teaching award (2010-2011), and he was a Research Associate at UCLA’s Center for the Study of Women (2010-2011). He has published papers in anthologies, such as Dead History, Live Art and Art & Shame, and academic journals. 

Dr. Laurel Taylor received her Ph.D. in the Art and Archaeology of the Mediterranean World from the University of Pennsylvania and teaches in the Departments of Art and Classics at the University of North Carolina Asheville. Her research interests focus on funerary art and ritual in ancient Italy and exploring the social meaning of death through Etruscan and Roman visual culture. Her current fieldwork is at the Etruscan and Roman site of Cetamura del Chianti, Italy.

Rebecca Taylor has more than a decade of experience in arts communications, having led communications campaigns & initiatives at several world-renowned museums (MoMA PS1, the Getty, and MOCA), before joining FITZ & CO. She received an M.A. in Modern Art, Connoisseurship and the Art Market from Christie’s, New York.
Dr. Susanna Throop studies the cultural intersection of religion, violence, ideology, and emotion in twelfth and thirteenth century Europe, especially in the context of the crusading movement. She holds a Ph.D. in History from the University of Cambridge, where she was a Gates Cambridge Scholar. Previously she earned an M.A. as a Mellon Fellow at the University of Toronto. Currently she is an Assistant Professor of History at Ursinus College.

Victoria Valdes is studying at the University of Virginia as a candidate for the Ph.D. in the History of Art and Architecture. She works primarily with early medieval manuscripts, specializing in the Ottonian period.

Rachel Warriner is currently a Ph.D. candidate in the Art History Department at University College Cork, Ireland. Her research focuses on post-war feminist practice. She received a BA (Hons) in Theatre from Dartington College of Art, Devon, UK in 2002 and has since been co-editor of DEFAULT magazine, and has published a number of papers and reviews on post war art and performance.

Jessica Watson received her MA in Art History from the École du Louvre in Paris where she worked on propagandist photomontage in the USSR.

Kendra Weisbin has a Master's degree in Art History from the University of Massachusetts, Amherst, with a concentration in Islamic Art and Architecture. Her most recent projects include an educator’s resource guide to the Islamic collections at the Metropolitan Museum of Art, and a visitor’s walking guide to the same collection, both co-authored with curators from that department.

Charles Wiebe is Adjunct Professor of the History of Art and Architecture at the Art Institute of Pittsburgh. He earned an MA in the History of Art & Architecture from the Pennsylvania State University, with dissertation research on American and Italian Renaissance architecture. He has lectured at the University of Pittsburgh as well as Point Park University and serves as Subject Matter Expert on art at the University of Phoenix, where he has also taught film studies.

Dr. Kathryn Wolford received a Ph.D. in History from Claremont Graduate University. Her research and teaching interests concern the symbiotic relationships between the Protestant Reformation, the Scientific Revolution, and the political revolutions within Europe and the wider Atlantic world during the sixteenth and seventeenth centuries. She is a reader at the Huntington Library and has taught at the University of California, Riverside, and Harvey Mudd College.

Louisa Woodville teaches at George Mason University where she specializes in medieval and Renaissance art history, focusing in the social, economic and political context in which artists created works. After receiving an M.A. in Renaissance Studies from the University of Virginia and an M.B.A. from the Stern School of Business at New York University, Louisa worked at the Metropolitan Museum and William Doyle Galleries.

Christine Zappella is a doctoral student in Art History at the University of Chicago and holds Master’s degrees in both Art History from CUNY Hunter College and Teaching (Math Concentration) from Pace University. Christine focuses on sixteenth century Italian painting.

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