Graduate Students

First Year (entered Fall 2013)

Juliana Barton, PhD program

BA, UVA
Interests: 20th century/Architecture
Email: jubarton@sas.upenn.edu

Alisa Chiles, PhD program

BA in Art History, Stanford University
MA in Art History, Institute of Fine Arts, NYU
Interests: Modern architecture and decorative arts
Email: chiles@sas.upenn.edu

Stephanie Danhakl, MA program

BA, University of Pennsylvania
Interests: American

Jeanne Dreskin, PhD program

BA, Haverford College
Interests: 20th Century 

Miriam A. Stanton, PhD program

BA, Grinnell College
MA in History of Art, Williams College
Interests: Modern/Contemporary
Email: mirsta@sas.upenn.edu

Glynnis Napier Stevenson, MA program

BA in History, College of Wiliam and Mary Class of 2013
Academic Focus: French Neoclassicism
Email: glynniss@sas.upenn.edu

Rachel Wise, PhD program

BA, Brigham Young University
MA, Brigham Young University
Interest: European Early Modern

 

Second Year (entered Fall 2012)

Marica Antonucci, MA program

BA, NYU
Interests:  Twentieth century art in Europe; intersections between theater and painting:  Italian postwar art
Email: marica@sas.upenn.edu

Megan Boomer, PhD program

BA, Brown University
Interests: Medieval

Ina Choi, MA program

BA in Scandinavian & Spanish Languages, Hankuk University of Foreign Studies
MA in Arts Administration & Policy, School of the Art Institute of Chicago (2006)
Interests: Modern and contemporary East Asian art

Michelle Donnelly, MA program

BA, Vassar College
Interests: 19th and 20th Century American Art
Email: mdonn@sas.upenn.edu

Roksana Filipowska, PhD program

MA, SUNY-Buffalo
BA, Fordham University
Interests: Modern and Contemporary Art
Email: roksanaf@sas.upenn.edu

Mashinka Firunts, PhD program

MA, Columbia University
Interests: 19-20th c. 

Lindsay Grant, PhD program

Ed. M., Harvard University
Interests: 19-20th c. 

Patricia E. Kim, PhD program

Berkeley, BA (2012)
Interests: Hellenistic-Early-Roman period Central Asian and Near Eastern and visual culture; Silk Roads art and archaeology; Greco-Roman art; anthropology of art; reception and reinterpretation of ancient art
Email: pekim@sas.upenn.edu

Breton Langendorfer, PhD program

MA, Texas
Interests: Ancient Near East

Marijana Rayl, PhD program

MA, University of Arizona
BA, Centre College
Interests: Contemporary Film and Photography

Brooks Rich, PhD program

MA, Williams College
BA, Bowdoin College
Interests: Early modern printmaking
Email: richbr@sas.upenn.edu
Dissertation working title: "The Engravings of Allaert Claesz"

Jill Vaum, MA program

BA, Vanderbilt University
Interests: American and Africa-American Art
Email: jvaum@sas.upenn.edu


Third Year (entered Fall 2011): 

Anastasia Amrhein-Chaplygina, PhD program

BA in Art History, Montclair State University
MA in Humanities, University of Chicago
Interests: Neo-Assyrian Empire and broader ancient Near East
Email: amrhein@sas.upenn.edu
Dissertation title: "Multi-Media Image-Making in Assyria: Visualizations of the Numinous in Political Context"

Iggy Cortez, PhD program

MA, Courtauld
Interests: Contemporary  

Juliet Sperling, PhD program

BA in Art History and American Studies, UNC-Chapel Hill)
Interests: Nineteenth and twentieth century American art, mass visual culture; history of the moving image
Email: julietsp@sas.upenn.edu

Laura Tillery, PhD program

BA in Art History, McGill University
MA in Art History, Tufts
Interests: History of art in late-medieval and early modern Germany; Civic arts and patronage; Cultural exchange in medieval Baltic; Urban visual culture; History of art history
Email: tillery@sas.upenn.edu

Ongoing Dissertations:

Lacey Baradel, PhD program

BA, Virginia
Interests: American Art
Dissertation title: "Mobile Americans:  Locomotion and Identity in U.S. Visual Culture, c. 1860-1915"

Ruth Erickson, PhD program

BA, Carleton College
MA, University of Pennsylvania
Interests: Twentieth century and contemporary art
Publications:
"Animal-borne Imaging: Embodied Point-of-View and the Ethics of Identification," Cine-Ethics, edited by Jinhee Choi and Mattias Frey (London: Routledge Press, 2013)
"The Real Movie: Reenactment, Spectacle, and Recovery in Pierre Huyghe's The Third Memory" Framework: The Journal of Cinema and Media Studies, Vol. 50, No. 1 and 2 (Spring and Fall 2009): 107-124
Email: ruthee@sas.upenn.edu
Dissertation title: "Assembling Social Forms:  Sociological Art Practice in Post-1968 France”

Larisa A. Grollemond, PhD program

BA, New York University
MA, City of University of New York, Hunter College
Interests: late medieval French and Netherlandish manuscript illumination, early printed books, and painting, visual culture of the courts, female patronage
Email: larisag@sas.upenn.edu
Dissertation title: "Image and Power: The Artistic Patronage of French Noblewomen and the Status of the Illuminated Manuscript in the Fifteenth Century"

Stephanie Hagan, PhD program

BA in Classical Civilizations, Yale University
MA in Art History, University of Pennsylvania
Intersts: Roman imperial art and the arts of late antiquity
Publications:
"Nysiac Devotions: Woman-and-Child Figurines from Byzantine Burials at Beth Shean." In Actes du Colloque de Lille Figurines en context Lille déc 2011 + Actes de la réunion Silent Participants Philadelphia janvier 2012, edited by Arthur Muller. (forthcoming)
"Time, Memory, and Mosaics at the Monastery of Lady Mary." In Expedition: The Magazine of the University of Pennsylvania Museum of Archaeology and Anthropology. 55, no. 1 (2013): 37-42.
Email: hagans@sas.upenn.edu
Dissertation title: "From Consular Accession to Cosmic Triumph: Reassessing the Basilica of Junius Bassus"

Quintana Heathman, PhD program

MA, Boston University
BA, Boston University
Interests: Japanese art and visual culture of the Edo period; woodblock prints and illustrated books of the eighteenth and nineteenth centuries; the development of Edo landscapes and cityscapes; print publishing practices and networks
Dissertation title: "Edo for Sale: Consumer Culture and Edo Landscape Prints, 1730-1789"

Heather Hughes, PhD program

BA, Dartmouth College
MA, University of Pennsylvania

Interests: Early Modern Europe, particularly France, England, and the Low Countries; print culture and society; art in the age of global exploration; costume and textiles

Publications:“‘Masqued’ Identity at the Stuart Court: Isaac Oliver’s Portrait of Anne of Denmark in Masque Costume.” In Fashioning Opera and Musical Theatre: Stage Costumes in Europe from the Late Renaissance to 1900, edited by Valeria De Lucca. Venice: Fondazione Giorgio Cini/Leo S. Olschki, forthcoming.

“From Istanbul to Philadelphia: The Journey of At the Mosque Door,” with Emily Neumeier. In Osman Hamdi Bey and the Americans: Archaeology, Diplomacy, Art, edited by Renata Holod and Robert Ousterhout, 102-117. Istanbul: Pera Müzesi, 2011

email: hhughes@sas.upenn.edu
Dissertation: "Customs and Costumes: Delineating Identity in the Early Modern Costume Print, c. 1600-1670"

Charlotte Ickes, PhD program

BA in History, Yale University
MA in History of Art, University of Pennsylvania
Interests: Contemporary Art, specifically time-based art, film, art of the African Diaspora, blaxploitation
Email: ickes@sas.upenn.edu
Dissertation title: "Black Radical Spectacle in the Work of Melvin Van Peebles, Isaac Julien, and Steve McQueen."
Recent Publications: "The Sartorial and the Skin: Portraits of Pocahontas and Allegories of English Empire," American Art (forthcoming)

Marina Isgro, PhD program

BA, Princeton University
Interests: Modern

Alexander Kauffman, PhD program

BA in Art History, New York University
Interests: Modern and contemporary art; Museum studies
Email: akauff@sas.upenn.edu

Jeannie Kenmotsu, PhD program

BA, Pomona
Interests: Japanese Art

Elizabeth Lastra, PhD program

BA in Art History, UNC-Chapel Hill
Email: lastra@sas.upenn.edu
Dissertation title: "The Making of a Camino Town: Architecture and Monumental Sculpture in Carrión de los Condes, 1050-1200"

Emily Neumeier, PhD program

BA, Boston College
MA, University of Pennsylvania
Interests: Ottoman art and architecture; Modern Turkish painting; Islamic calligraphy
Publications:
"Palaces" in The Oxford Encyclopedia of Islam and Women, edited by Natana J. DeLong-Bas. New York: Oxford University Press. (forthcoming)
With Heather Hughes. "From Istanbul to Philadelphia: The Journey of At the Mosque Door." In Osman Hamdi Bey and the Americans: Archaeology Diplomacy, Art, edited by Renata Holod and Robert Ousterhout. Istanbul: Pera Museum, 2011.
Email: neumeier@sas.upenn.edu
Dissertation title: "A Theater of Fortune and Triumph: Ali Pasha of Ioannina and Transformations of Architectural Patronage and Urbanism in an Ottoman Province (1788-1822""

Kirk Nickel, PhD program

MA, University of Texas at Austin
BA, Southern Methodisty University
Interests: European Renaissance Art
"Between Composition and Dissolution: Moretto and the Painting of Sacred Flesh in Renaissance Brescia"

Ekin Pinar, PhD program

MA in History of Art, Middle East Technical University (2006)
BA in Architecture, Middle East Technical University (2003)
Interests: History of modern and contemporary art, cinema studies
Publications: "The Futurist Myth of Accelerated Subjectivity: Speed in Umberto Boccioni's Works" in Mobility and Fantasy in Visual Culture, ed. Lewis Johnson, London: Routledge, 2013.
Email: epinar@sas.upenn.edu
Dissertation title: "Canyon Collective Artists: Micropolitics in West Coast Experimental Film, 1960-79"

Nathaniel Manditch-Prottas, PhD program

MA, University College London
Interests: Northern Renaissance

Miranda Routh, PhD program

MA, Williams
Interests: Architecture
Dissertation title: "The Idea of the Renaissance in British Architecture, 1750-1890"

Jamie Sanecki, PhD program

MA, Williams
Interests: Medieval
Dissertation title: "Art and the Commune: Sculpture and Architecture in Lucca, 1100-1250"

Will Schmenner, PhD program

BA, Chicago
Interests: Cinema
Dissertation title: "How to Hit the Ground:  Motion and Measurement in Moving Pictures"

Geoffrey Shamos, PhD program

BA in Literature, Yale University
Interests: Nortern Renaissance Art
Publications:
"Sculptures in Print: The Artistic and Rhetorical Value of Personification in Sixteenth-Century Netherlandish Engraving" (working title). In Personification: Embodying Meaning and Emotion, edited by B.A.M. Ramakers and Walter S. Melion. Turnhout: Brill, 2015.
"Astrology as a Social Framework: The Children of the Planets, 1400-1600." In The Imagined Sky: Cultural Perspectives, edited by Darrelyn Gunzburg. Sheffield: Equinox, 2014.
Email: geoffrey.shamos@gmail.com
Dissertation Title: "Bodies of Knowledge:  Personification in Netherlandish Engraving, 1548-1600"

Carolyn Trench, PhD program 

BA, Smith
Interests: American Art
Dissertation title: "Performativity's Moment: Vogue, Queer Video Production, and Theoretical Discourse"

Theodore Van Loan, PhD program

BA, Cornell University
Email: tva@sas.upenn.edu
Dissertation Title: "Seeing the Umayyads Seeing: Charting Early Islamic Attitudes Toward Visual Perception"

Emily S. Warner, PhD program

BA, University of Chicago
Interests: Modern and contemporary art; American visual culture from the New Deal to the Cold War
Email: warnere@sas.upenn.edu
Dissertation title: "Shaping the Abstract Environment: The Abstract Mural in New York, 1935-1960"