Alex Bacon is at work on a dissertation that considers the heightened attention to the nature of space and perception in the paintings of Jo Baer, Robert Irwin, and Ad Reinhardt. Alex has lectured widely on a number of artists, including Gilbert & George, Robert Irwin, Yayoi Kusama, Brice Marden, Agnes Martin, and Gerhard Richter. He has recently published essays on Francis Alÿs (Yale University Press, 2010) and Gilbert & George (ARTicle Press, 2007). He has also, with Hal Foster, edited a collection of essays on Richard Hamilton (MIT Press, 2009).
Based in New York City, he is currently preparing the catalogue raisonné of Ad Reinhardt’s Black Paintings for the Reinhardt Foundation, and has an essay forthcoming in an edited collection of new perspectives on the artist. Alex is interested in a range of issues pertaining to modern and contemporary art including: Abstract Expressionism, Minimalism, Postminimalism, Land Art, California Light and Space Art, Conceptual Art, Pop Art, their legacies, their intersections with design, music, film, and dance, the status of painting since 1960, the historiography of Modernism, American formalist criticism, and conservation and curatorial practices.
Rebecca Ben studies Medieval Art History with Professor Nino Zchomelidse. She received her Bachelor's degree in Art History from The George Washington University in 2004 and a Master's degree in Italian Renaissance Art History from Syracuse University in Florence in 2005. Rebecca lived in Florence for several years teaching art history with Syracuse University as a Teaching Assistant and Field Studies Instructor. Continuing her education, she then enrolled in Utrecht University's Master's program in Medieval Studies. Focusing on late medieval Rome, she spent a year in Rome researching and writing her thesis, entitled Jacopo and Pietro Colonna at Santa Maria Maggiore. Patronage, Relics, and Power in Late Dugento and Early Trecento Rome. She intends to continue her studies of 13th and 14th century Rome for her dissertation.
Holly Borham studies the art of early modern Europe, with a particular focus on the intersection of print, religion and imagery. For her undergraduate thesis at Princeton, Holly wrote on Piranesi's archaeological publications. She then taught high school social studies and art history for several years, before earning an MA in Liberal Studies at Duke. Her MA thesis was titled, "Word and Image in Reformation Nuremberg: the polemical broadsheets of Hans Sachs and Sebald Beham."
Nicole Brown is a second-year graduate student of Classical Art and Archaeology. After graduating from Mount Holyoke College (2001) with a B.A. in Classics and the University of Massachusetts at Amherst (2003) with an M.A.T. in Latin and Classical Humanities, Nicole taught Latin and English to a range of middle and high school students, before joining the non-profit sector where she worked as the associate director of a Boston-area organization dedicated to the preservation and advocacy of urban parks. She is delighted to be back in an academic environment - and to be reading Latin regularly again. Nicole’s interests include the Roman Republic and the city of Rome itself, ancient agriculture and rural life, landscapes and townscapes, villas, mosaics, and the art of the non-elite.
Ellen Macfarlane Brueckner is a first year graduate student studying the History of Photography under the direction of Professor Anne McCauley. After graduating with a BA in Art History from the University of Southern California in 2006, Ellen worked at Bonhams and Butterfields Auctioneers in Los Angeles, and later became Curatorial Assistant at The Museum of Biblical Art (MoBIA) in New York City. From 2009-2011, Ellen completed her Masters in Art History at Rutgers University while also working for the Johnson & Johnson Corporate Art Program as Exhibitions Coordinator. Her Master’s thesis, titled Affecting Photography, examines Carrie Mae Weems's 1995 From Here I Saw What Happened and I Cried, a photo series the artist made after being invited by the Getty Museum to respond to its exhibition, Hidden Witness.
Emmelyn Butterfield-Rosen is a PhD candidate working on a dissertation titled "Canonical Views": The Disposition of Figures in Modern Art, 1886-1912. Organized as a sequence of case-studies on Seurat's Les Poseuses (1886-1888), Gustav Klimt's Beethovenfries (1902), and Vaslav Nijinsky's L'Après-midi d'un Faune (1912), the dissertation addresses the changing valuation of the human figure in late-nineteenth and early-twentieth-century modernism by focusing on the emergence of new conventions for posing and positioning figures in art. Her research interests include the history of art history, psychoanalysis, the concept of the Gesamtkunstwerk, the history of dance, and artistic representations of bodily movements, gestures, and facial expressions. She is the David E. Finley Fellow for 2011–2014 at the Center for Advanced Study in the Visual Arts at the National Gallery of Art, Washington, D.C.
Yecheng Cao was born and raised in China, and then went to the U.K. at the age of sixteen to read A-Levels. Yecheng was an undergraduate at University College London and the London School of Economics and Political Science, reading archaeology and anthropology. In 2011, he received his M.St. in archaeology from the University of Oxford. Under Professor Robert Bagley's supervision, he plans to study the changes in ritual and in ritual bronzes in the transition from the Shang Dynasty to the Zhou Dynasty.
Alexis Cohen is a fifth-year graduate student studying modern architectural history, with particular interest in the late eighteenth and early nineteenth centuries. Her dissertation, Lines of Utility: The Outline Drawing in Britain, c. 1800, explores the proliferation of the outline drawing c. 1800 and ways in which this graphic idiom illuminates intersections between Neoclassical architecture, industrial and interior design, and notions of utility. Her work has been supported by the Deutscher Akademischer Austausch Dienst and the Social Sciences and Humanities Research Council of Canada. Alexis received her B.A. from the University of Toronto in 2006.
Nancy Demerdash is in her second-year in the Department of Art & Archaeology, where she is studying nineteenth and early twentieth- architectural history and urban planning of the Middle East and North Africa, particularly in the context of French colonization. After completing her Honors BA in Art History at the University of Wisconsin-Madison, she then went on to complete a Master's of Science in Architecture Studies (S.M.Arch.S.) in the Aga Khan Program for Islamic Architecture at the Massachusetts Institute of Technology. For her S.M.Arch.S. thesis, which focused on French colonial urban planning in Marrakesh, Nancy conducted archival research at the National Library in Rabat, Morocco. Since then, some of Nancy's varied research interests have come to include contemporary Arab art, the historiography of Islamic urbanism, and nineteenth-century French aesthetics.
Erin Duncan-O'Neill specializes in nineteenth and twentieth century European art, with a focus on the art and visual culture of France from the July Monarchy to the Paris Commune. She received her B.A. from the University of California, Berkeley in 2007 and a Masters in Education at Arizona State University in 2009.
Nika Elder specializes in American Art and holds a certificate from the Program in Media and Modernity. She has a particular interest in the intersection between visual art and material culture. Her dissertation, ‘Show and Tell: Representation, Communication, and the Still Lifes of William M. Harnett,’ interprets the artist’s work in light of other late-nineteenth-century approaches to representation in a range of emerging and developing disciplines—from higher education and anthropology to museology. A second project examines references to the material and visual culture of slavery in the early work of contemporary photographer Lorna Simpson. Nika is a lecturer in the Princeton Writing Program and has previously taught art history at Rutgers University, as well as precepted in the Department of Art & Archaeology at Princeton.
Mirka Fette is a first year graduate student at Princeton University and her focus is on the art made in Prague during Rudolf II’s reign. She completed her MA thesis, “Saving Political Face: The Structures of Power in Hans von Aachen’s Allegories on the Long Turkish War” under Professor Jeffrey Chipps Smith at the University of Texas at Austin in May 2011. Mirka is interested in a variety of things: competition between Rudolf II’s court and other European courts, and the court of the Ottoman Emperors; the role of prints in encouraging stylistic similarities in court art on an international scale during the late sixteenth century; and the native Czech artistic practices under Rudolf and following him.
Jonathan D. M. Fine is interested in how artistic practices and theories have been inflected in the entangled history of the twentieth century in sub-Saharan Africa, with a particular focus on the Cameroon Grassfields. He is also interested in the reception of African art in Germany and German aesthetic theory in Africa. Before coming to Princeton he practiced law, specializing in international commercial litigation and the rights of detainees in Guantanamo and Afghanistan. Jonathan received undergraduate degrees from the University of Chicago and Cambridge and his law degree from Yale.
Leslie Geddes specializes in Italian Renaissance and Baroque architecture. Her dissertation, Leonardo da Vinci and the Art of Water, examines Leonardo’s lifelong investigation of water within a context of emergent artistic and technical modes of representation in early modern Italy. Her research interests include cartography, urban planning, and hydraulics, and how art intersects with scientific developments: from fortifications to fountains to print culture. She received her B.A. in art history from Columbia University in 2001 and her M.A. from Princeton in 2008.
Megan Goldman-Petri is a graduate student in the field of Classical Art and Archaeology working under the direction of Prof. Koortbojian. Her dissertation interests lie in the relief sculpture of Late Republican and Early Imperial Rome. She received her B.A. from Johns Hopkins University in 2007, a Masters of Studies in Classical Art and Archaeology from Oxford University (Brasenose College) in 2008, and a Masters from Princeton in 2011. Megan also gives guided tours of exhibitions on show at the Onassis Center in New York City. She adores Cicero for his wit and Pompey for his cowlick!
Alexis Gorby is a graduate student in Classical Art and Archaeology. After graduating from Bryn Mawr College in 2007 with an AB in the History of Art, she went on to earn an MA in the Humanities from the University of Chicago in 2010. She then completed an MPhil in Late Antique and Byzantine Studies from the University of Oxford (St. John’s College) in 2012. Her MPhil thesis examined Late Antique double register sarcophagi and their archaeological contexts. Under the supervision of Professor Michael Koortbojian she is currently studying Late Antique sculpture and funerary art.
Michael Hatch studies the history of Chinese art under Professor Jerome Silbergeld. He has a BA from Middlebury College in East Asian Studies (2003). Prior to beginning his PhD studies at Princeton in 2008 he lived in Beijing for several years, where he worked in client relations and translation for a large Chinese-based auction house. He has written auction reviews for Orientations magazine, and reviews of contemporary Chinese art exhibitions for Yishu magazine, Artforum Online, and Artforum magazine. His primary research areas include classical literati painting and contemporary Chinese painting.
Johanna Heinrichs studies Italian Renaissance architecture. Her dissertation, "Between City and Country: Architecture, Site, and Patronage at Palladio's Villa Pisani at Montagnana," examines the architectural patronage of the Venetian patrician Francesco Pisani, focusing on his villa at Montagnana, built by Andrea Palladio in 1553-54. She earned her B.A. from Williams College in 2002 and an M.Phil. from the University of Cambridge, U.K., in 2004. Her master's thesis was entitled "Corpus Urbis: The Hospital of Santo Spirito and Sixtus IV's Renovation of Rome, 1471-1484."
Niels Henriksen is a first year graduate student working on modern and contemporary American and European art. He is currently completing a series of translations of texts by the Danish artist Asger Jorn—as well as an essay on the same artist—to be published in the journal October. He holds a Bachelor’s degree in Art History and History of Science from the University of Lund, Sweden, and a Master’s degree in Art History from University of Copenhagen, Denmark. His latest research has focused on Asger Jorn’s post-SI project for an institute researching and publishing Scandinavian medieval art and vandalist practices. In the course of 2011–12 he has also worked on Minor White, looking at the White–Newhall correspondence in archives of the Princeton Art Museum Photographic Collection. His research on the use of printed media advertisement in conceptual art accompanies the forthcoming exhibition catalogue 24, published by Pork Salad Press.
Megan Heuer studies 20th century art and histories and theories of modernism. Her dissertation, entitled "A New Realism: Fernand Léger 1919-1931," considers Léger's engagements with the effects of modern media and technologies in the decade after World War I. Broadly conceived, the dissertation revolves around transformations of painting and other kinds of images in the 1920s through social, technological and aesthetic shifts emerging from cubism, cinema, and World War I. Her research interests include the intersections of film and the visual arts, psychoanalysis, the aesthetics of machines, and contemporary uses of Marxist theory. She holds a B.A. in Women's and Gender Studies from Yale (2000) and an M.A. in art history from Columbia (2006). Megan is currently Scholar-in-Residence and Research Associate at the New Museum in New York.
Anna Katz studies modern and contemporary art, with a particular interest in sculpture. Her dissertation, titled "Hybrid Species: Lee Bontecou's Sculpture and Works on Paper, 1958–1971," negotiates Bontecou's place/non-place in the field of sixties sculpture. She received a B.A. in Art History from the University of California, Berkeley in 2003 and was awarded an M.A. from Princeton in 2008.
Elizabeth J. Kessler is a Classical Archaeologist writing her dissertation, I am the True Vine: Acculturation, Appropriation, and Assimilation in Religious Iconography of Late Antiquity, in the Department of Art and Archaeology at Princeton University. Elizabeth has taught at The College of New Jersey as an Adjunct Professor of Classical Greek and at The City College of New York as an Adjunct Professor of Art History. At Princeton, Elizabeth has led precepts for Art 101: History of Art from Antiquity to the Present and Art 202: Greek Art: Ideal Realism. She received a B.A., magna cum laude, in Classics from New York University (2003) and a M.A. in Classical Archaeology from Princeton University (2008). Elizabeth published “Tradition and Transmission: Hermes Kourotrophos in Nea Paphos, Cyprus” in Antiquity in Antiquity: Jewish and Christian Pasts in the Greco-Roman World, Mohr Siebeck, 2008. She lectures regularly at the Metropolitan Museum of Art in New York.
Jamie Kwan is a first year student studying Early Modern Northern European Art, with a particular interest in Dutch and French genre painting, under the direction of Professor Thomas DaCosta Kaufmann. In 2011, she received a B.A. in Art History from Stanford University.
Zoe Kwok specializes in the history of early Chinese painting. Her dissertation, Halls to Inhabit, Paths to Wander: Paintings of Court Women from the Five Dynasties (907 – 960), investigates the changing use of images of imperial women during the 10th century. Zoe’s other interests include 10th- 13th century genre painting, early textiles, Song Dynasty ceramics, and the representation of material culture in painting. She holds a B.A. in history and art history from Wellesley College and an A.M. in East Asian Studies from Harvard University.
Ashley Lazevnick A proud native of Philadelphia, Ashley graduated from Colgate University with a B.A. in English and Art History in 2010. In 2012, she received an M.A. in the History of Art from Williams College, where she wrote a qualifying paper on the 1927 Machine-Age Exhibition. Since coming to Princeton, she has expanded her M.A. project through research on Charles Sheeler, Francis Picabia, Brassaï, and William Carlos Williams. She is studying Twentieth-century and American art under Professor Rachael DeLue, with interests in avant-garde poetry, machine aestheticism, Precisionism, and photography.
John Lansdowne studies the art of the medieval and early renaissance Mediterranean world with a special focus on Italy and Byzantium. His dissertation project examines the miniature mosaic icon of the Imago Pietatis at S. Croce in Gerusalemme and its life as a cult object in Quattrocento Rome. His wider interests include exoticism and notions of the Other; art as a signifier for time and place; replication and referentiality; Byzantine and Islamic art re-appropriated; relics; spolia; and the "New Jerusalem." John received his B.A. in Classics and History from Boston College (2007) and an M.Phil. in Classical Archaeology from St. Cross College, Oxford (2011).
Daniil Leiderman is a PhD candidate, working on a dissertation entitled: Moscow Conceptualism and “Shimmering”: Authority, Anarchism, and Space. The project investigates the circle of experimental artists and writers that emerged in Moscow’s unofficial artistic scene in the early 1970s in the context of nonconformism, tracing their development of the critical metaposition called "shimmering" and its relationship to artistic resistance. This year Daniil conducted and recorded a series of interviews with artists who participated in Moscow Conceptualism, he is in the process of translating and transcribing these conversations. Last year, Daniil helped research and write texts for the Brooklyn Museum exhibition Russian Modern (2011). Daniil received his B.A. from New York University in 2008.
Laura Lesswing studies Greek and Roman architecture and sculpture. She received her BA in Classical Studies (Colgate University, 2005) and her MA in Art History (Williams College, 2010).
Kin Sum Li is interested in all ancient civilizations, but chooses ancient China as his point of departure. Believing that studying these ancient civilizations will shed light on our thinking of alternative ways of living, and on our understanding of different or similar patterns of social development, he attempts to bring ancient works closer to our contemporary lives. Presently he is studying the Warring States period Chu culture, which dates to about 5th-3rd century BC in southern China. He particularly appreciates new ways of thinking, and is thinking how to study these works with a new perspective.
Leigh Lieberman is a Stanley Seeger Fellow in Hellenic Studies and Classical Archaeologist working primarily on the Greek colonies of Sicily and Southern Italy. She received her B.A. and M.A. from The Johns Hopkins University in 2006 and 2007, respectively. Her Master’s Thesis, "The Nature of the Cults at Poseidonia," focused on the development of the cults of Hera and Aphrodite in the South Italian colony, particularly as reflected through the terracotta figurines dedicated by worshippers at shrines associated with settlement. She has served as an Assistant Curator for Ancient Arts at The Johns Hopkins University Archaeological Collection, a Hall Fellow in Ancient Art at The Walters Art Museum, and an Ancient Art Intern at The Princeton University Art Museum. In the field, she has excavated with the Università degli Studi di Napoli l'Orientale at Cuma, Italy and with the American School of Classical Studies at Corinth, Greece. She currently serves as the Site and Finds Registrar for the Pompeii Archaeological Research Project: Porta Stabia and as the Registrar and Database Administrator for the American excavations at Morgantina in Sicily. She has also studied as a Regular Member at The American School of Classical Studies in Athens. Methodologically, she is interested in computer applications in archaeology and the digital curation of field data and archival records. Her research interests broadly include religious rituals, sacred landscapes, and collective memory. Her dissertation, entitled "The Persistent Past: Refoundations in Sicily in 5th and 4th Centuries BCE," considers cultural memory and collective identity as reflected through the material culture of the region.
Emma Ljung is a classical archaeologist whose dissertation "From Indemnity to Integration: An Economic Study of Aitolia in the 2nd and 1st centuries BC" combines archaeological material with modern economic theory, an approach that has awarded Emma several international research grants. Focusing on the later Hellenistic and Roman republican world, Emma's current research interests include production and technology, settlement patterns and demography, and the ancient economy. Her favorite Roman is Scipio Africanus. An avid field archaeologist, she has dug big holes all over the Mediterranean but still prefers the mountains of Aitolia where she excavates with the Danish Institute at Athens. At Princeton, Emma has led precepts in ART 100 Introduction to Art History as well as ART 290 The Art & Archaeology of Ancient Egypt, in addition to having taught Art History surveys at Rider University as adjunct professor plus a wide range of courses at UC Berkeley as well as at her alma mater. She has published on Greek kilns, Italian terra sigillata and British 20th century children's literature. Emma received a BA in Classical Archaeology & Ancient History with a concentration in Classical Languages from Lunds Universitet (summa cum laude, 2003) and a MA in Classical Archaeology from Princeton University (2007). In her spare time, she trains dressage horses and knits silly hats. She loves Livy.
Sarah W. Lynch studies the Renaissance in Italy and Central Europe with a focus on networks of exchange and a particular interest in the Kingdom of Hungary and the Czech lands. She completed a BA at Smith College and then studied at the Courtauld and Warburg Institutes in London. She has worked for the Frick Art Reference Library in New York, and spent a year in Budapest with a Fulbright grant working on the Renaissance in Hungary. Sarah’s current work focuses on artistic connections between Genoa and Bohemia in the sixteenth century.
Jennifer Morris studies the art of Northern and Central Europe in the early modern period, with a particular focus on sixteenth-century Germany. Although her interests range from book culture and the global exchange of art to collecting practices and the Habsburgs, she is particularly fascinated by the Protestant Reformation. In this vein, her dissertation looks at the connections between Lutheran theologians, humanists, and artists in early modern Germany vis-à-vis the production of so-called ‘occult’ imagery related to Hermeticism, Cabala, and astrology. Jennifer will be serving as the Kress Institutional Fellow at the Zentralinstitut für Kunstgeschichte in Munich for the period 2012-2014.
Abigail D. Newman studies Renaissance and Baroque art of the Low Countries and Spain. Her dissertation focuses on Flemish painters active in 17th-century Madrid, investigating the role of Flemish art in transforming Spanish tastes and collecting practices and the ways in which Spanish artists and writers articulated their perceptions of Flemish art. More broadly, she is interested in peripatetic artists, cultural exchange, and genre painting, and she maintains an abiding passion for the work of Hendrick Goltzius. She has worked at the RISD Museum in Providence, RI and at the Bruce Museum in Greenwich, CT, where her writing appeared in exhibition catalogues on art forgery (2007), Nazi-looted paintings (2007), and 20th-century Parisian portraiture (2008). She received her M.A. from Princeton (2011) and her B.A. from Brown (2006).
Tessa Paneth-Pollak is at work on her dissertation, "Definite Means": Hans Arp's Cut-Outs, 1911-1930, which investigates cutting out (découpage) as a technical procedure and theoretical concern linking Arp's work in collage, sculpture, printmaking, and writing over several decades--a practice through which Arp developed a peculiar notion of embodiment resolving the terms of abstraction and figuration, and negotiated the limits and limitations of the modernist art object. Her work on Arp reflects her broader interest in articulating possibilities for the coexistence of art's autonomy and its engagement, and in historicizing the many ways "art" and "life" (and aesthetics and politics) have been construed throughout art's history. Her research addresses the histories of collage, techniques of printmaking and typography, the history of animation, and topics ranging from the silhouettes of the Peale Museum to the cut-outs of Henri Matisse. Her enduring theoretical interests include theories of autonomy and the avant-garde, and structuralist and poststructuralist theory. She co-coordinated the conference Horizons & Horizontality in 2010 and the Interdepartmental Twentieth Century Forum at Princeton and currently serves on the Graduate Student Advocacy Committee of the Society of Contemporary Art Historians (SCAH) .
Christina Papadimitriou specializes in Histories and Theories of Modern Architecture. Her dissertation studies the formation, consolidation, dissemination, and dissolution of the MARS Group (Modern Architectural Research Group) in Britain from 1933 until 1957. Starting as a marginal architectural group within the country and the international modern movement, MARS acquired a preeminent role in the post war period in policy-making both in England and abroad, playing an important role in the way the modern movement was perceived. Thus, the dissertation tries to offer a new understanding of modern architecture’s post-war condition. Christina received her M.A. from the Architectural Association in London. She also holds a Diploma in Architecture from the University of Patras (Greece) and a Diploma in Art and Archaeology from the University of Athens (Greece).
Peng Peng arrived from Peking University (B.A. 2008, M.A. 2011) with extensive experience in archaeology. He participated in the excavations at the site Marsal (Lorraine, France), and spent nearly half a year working at the salt-producing site Shuangwangcheng (Shandong Province) from Bronze Age China. He also took part in the Chengdu Plain Archaeological Survey Project organized by Harvard University, UCLA, and Peking University in 2008. His current academic interest lies in the study of Chinese ancient bronzes, especially those of the present-day southern Henan and northern Hubei province in the late western Zhou and eastern Zhou period (from ca. 9th – 3rd centuries B.C.).
Elizabeth J. Petcu is a Ph.D. candidate in the Department of Art & Archaeology at Princeton University, where she earned her Master's degree in January of 2011. Her dissertation is tentatively titled, "Orders of Elaboration: Wendel Dietterlin and the Architectura". The project explores the 1598 tract's use of architectural frameworks to articulate a paradigm for artistic invention across all media, and considers the work's reception in the treatises, objects, and edifices of seventeenth-century Central Europe, England, France, and Peru. In addition to her research focus on the art and architecture of early modern Central Europe, her interests include the representation of architecture and ornament in print, interrelationships between the media, drawing in the German lands around 1600, and the status of architectural material in late Renaissance collections. Elizabeth is also a Graduate Coordinator for the Program in Renaissance Studies, is involved in the Oxford-Münster-Princeton working group on early modern history, and will spend the 2012-2013 academic year in Munich on a Fulbright Full Research Grant. She received her Bachelor's degree from Mount Holyoke College in 2008.
Maika Pollack (A.B. Harvard, M.F.A. Columbia, M.A., Ph.D. A.B.D. Princeton) currently writes a biweekly column as the museums critic for the New York Observer. Her writing on contemporary art and culture has been published by Artforum, Flash Art, and has been featured on CNN. As a PhD candidate in the History of Art and Architecture at Princeton, her dissertation is on psychology, vision, and painting in fin-de-siècle France and she is the recipient of numerous grants and fellowships, many of which allow her to spend an unreasonable amount of time in Paris. She is a co-founder of Southfirst, called "one of the best young galleries in Brooklyn" by the New York Times; as a curator, her exhibitions have been regularly reviewed in the New York Times, Art in America, Artforum and most major art publications. She has been on the faculty for the Program in Language and Thinking at Bard College since 2005. She lives in NY, NY where she can frequently be found running down the west side of Manhattan or at the Williamsburg farmer's market.
Haneen Rabie studies modern and contemporary decorative art and design. She is a Fulbright scholar who earned her B.A. at Harvard University and holds M.A. degrees from the University of California, Berkeley and the Bard Graduate Center for Studies in the Decorative Arts, Design, and Material Culture.
Heather Russo is a graduate student in Classical Art & Archaeology working under the supervision of Prof. Michael Koortbojian. She is interested primarily in the art, archaeology, and material culture of the early Roman Empire. Her undergraduate senior thesis focused on the House of Augustus on the Palatine in Rome (A.B. Princeton, 2004) and her M.Phil. dissertation examined the well-known statue of Claudius as Jupiter (M.Phil. Cambridge, 2005).
Mira Xenia Schwerda studies the Islamic art and architecture of Iran and Central Asia. She is especially interested in Timurid architecture, Islamic book art, the development of miniature painting, and early Central Asian photography. She received her Magister Artium degree in Iranian Studies, Middle Eastern Studies and Modern History from the University of Tübingen in 2010. Her M.A. thesis focused on the Jadids, a Muslim modernization movement in Central Asia. Mira Xenia has lived in Cairo and Tehran to study the local languages and interned in London (British Museum), Munich (Verlag C.H. Beck), and Ramallah (Goethe Institut). Her dissertation will focus on the Shah-e Zende cemetery complex in Samarkand. It will exlpore the multi-cultural development of its art and the role of the necropolis in the Timurid display of political power.
Emily L. Spratt is a Ph. D. candidate in Renaissance and Baroque Art History with a specialization in Venice and the Mediterranean, 1400-1600. Having completed a M.A. in Byzantine Art History from UCLA and a B.A. in Religious Studies, the History of Art, and Psychology from Cornell University, Emily is able to combine the perspectives gained by the Renaissance and Byzantine fields of study in her project on post-Byzantium. Her dissertation, “Byzantium not Forgotten: Constructing the Artistic and Cultural Legacy of an Empire between East and West in the Early Modern Period,” is a tripartite study of the response of religious art and architecture to different modes of rulership in the Venetian, Ottoman, and Slavic worlds after the fall of the Byzantine Empire. Icons, wall paintings, and the role of prints and engravings in the dissemination of western imagery in the East are key aspects of Emily’s project as are notions of community identity through Orthodoxy. With experience at the Byzantine and Christian Museum of Athens, the Benaki Museum, and the Hellenic Ministry of Culture, Emily has been a collaborator on a number of projects and international exhibitions in Greece.
Nebojša Stanković is a PhD Candidate in the fields of Early Christian, Byzantine, and Medieval art and architecture. His main interests are Byzantine and Medieval architecture and monumental art in relation to liturgy and ritual, as well as monastic architecture. His dissertation – “Transformed Architecture for a Reformed Monastic Ritual: Late-Byzantine Narthexes (litai) on Mount Athos” – examines the relationship between monastic rites performed in the narthex and patronage, on one side, and architectural form and functional organization of this part of the church, on the other. He is also interested in the romantic and idealistic in modern architecture.
His contributions include “Middle- and Late-Byzantine Monastic Ossuaries: Architecture, Liturgical Function, and Meaning,” in Thirty-Second Annual Byzantine Studies Conference, November 10-12, 2006: Abstracts (Saint Louis MO, 2006): 12-13, several entries for the Encyclopaedia of the Hellenic World, Volume 3: Constantinople (Athens, Greece, 2008), “A Shift in Athonite Architecture: The Narthex of Hilandar’s Katholikon,” in Thirty-Sixth Annual Byzantine Studies Conference, 8-10 October 2010: Abstracts (Philadelphia PA, 2010): pp. 40-41, and “Milutin Borisavljević and His Scientific Aesthetics of Architecture,” in Serbian Studies (forthcoming).
Nebojša has taught at the University of Niš (Serbia) and Princeton University and has taken part in several archaeological projects in Serbia, Greece, and Turkey. He holds an M.Arch. from the University of Belgrade - School of Architecture (Serbia), and a post-graduate degree in Architectural Preservation from the University of Bologna (Italy). In 2011-2012, he is a Junior Fellow in Byzantine Studies at Dumbarton Oaks Research Library and Collection (Harvard University), Washington DC.
Jaqueline Sturm studies early medieval art and architecture in the Mediterranean. She received a M.A. in History and Christian Archaeology in July 2009 from the Friedrich-Alexander-Universität Erlangen-Nürnberg, where she wrote a master’s thesis on the Early Christian tetraconch church of Seleucia Pieria entitled “Die Tetrakonchenkirche von Seleukia Pieria – Baugeschichte und Funktion”. Her proposed dissertation project, "The Bishop, his House, and his Church: Early Medieval Episcopal Complexes in Northern Italy and Istria," focuses on the relationship between architecture, architectural sculpture, and mosaic decoration and their connections to the rising social status of the bishop and the political weight of the ecclesiastical office in early medieval Mediterranean society. Further research interests include: secular art and architecture during the Late Antique period, concepts of sacred space in the Mediterranean, the patronage of Constantine the Great and Justinian, the tetrarchy as a political system, concepts and of Interpretatio Christiana, emergence of Christian art and architecture...
Phil Taylor’s research interests focus on the history of photography and twentieth century art. Prior to coming to Princeton he worked as gallery manager at Robert Mann Gallery in New York, where he organized the exhibition Of the Refrain in 2008. He received his B.A. in English Literature with a minor in Photography from the University of Southern California in 2007.
Adedoyin Teriba is a fifth year doctoral student studying modern architectural history. His dissertation explores the funerary, residential and religious architecture and art associated with Afro-Brazilian returnees in the Bight of the Benin at the turn of the twentieth century. His research interests include psychology of perception in art and architecture, modern architecture of Sub-Saharan Africa, structuralism & post-structuralism, aesthetics and architectural historiography. He received his B.Arch from Federal University of Technology Minna, Nigeria in 1999 and M.Arch from the University of Oklahoma in 2004.
Stephanie H. Tung studies the history of photography in China with Professor Jerome Silbergeld. Prior to Princeton, she worked as a curator at the Three Shadows Photography Art Centre in Beijing. Most recently, she published a short essay and interviews with the artist Ai Weiwei in the book Ai Weiwei: New York Photographs 1983-1993 (Beijing: Three Shadows Photography Art Centre and Chambers Fine Art, 2010). Her translations of interviews with Chinese artists of the 1980s were also published as part of the Materials of the Future project on the Art Asia Archive website.
Kristen D. Windmuller-Luna studies African art history, with a particular interest in cross-cultural exchange. She comes to Princeton from Yale University, where she received a BA in the History of Art and worked in the Department of African Art at the Yale University Art Gallery. Prior to beginning her PhD, she worked at the International Center of Photography and at the architecture and engineering firm WASA/Studio A. She has worked as a graduate research assistant for the Neuberger Museum of Art, where she has written on Kotoko bronzes and Cameroonian sculpture, and curated the recently opened exhibition Life in Miniature: Asante Goldweights and Sculpture at the Renee and Chaim Gross Foundation in New York City. She has presented on Ethiopian architecture at Boston University and on Middle Eastern dance history and Orientalism in New York City, and on African art and related topics at multiple conferences and scholarly events at Princeton University, CUNY Graduate Center and other venues. She is the organizer of the department's 2012 graduate student conference "The End of the -ist and the Future of Art History."
Hannah Yohalem studies twentieth century art with a particular focus on the postwar period to the present. She graduated from Harvard University with a BA in the History of Art and Architecture in 2010 where she wrote a senior honors thesis on Claes Oldenburg's early work in relation to photography. She is interested in questions of duration, time, and movement in art and as well as art's engagement with the broader spectrum of visual culture.