Graduate Alumni

Ellen Dooley (2014-2015)
“The Power of Art in Golden Age Seville”
Advisor: Daniela Bleichmar

Sarah Goodrum (2014 -2015)
"The Problem of the Missing Museum: The Construction of Photographic Culture in the GDR"
Advisor:  Kate Flint

Sean Nelson (2014 - 2015)
"Jerusalem Lost: Crusade, Myth, and Historical Imagination in Grand Ducal Florence."
Advisor:  Eunice Howe

Maynes, Erin, (2013 -2014)
"Speculating on Paper: Print Culture During the German Inflation: 1918-1924."
Advisor:  Karen Lang

Reynolds-Kaye, Jennifer (2013 - 2014)
"Contemporary Pre-Columbian Art"
Advisor:  M. Gomez-Barris

Wells, K.L.H. (2013 - 2014)
"Modernism's Other Tableau: Tapestry in the Twentieth Century"
Advisor:  Nancy Troy

Besancon, Cathrine (2012 - 2013)
Dissertation Title: “The French Romanesque Portals of Moissac, Souillac and Beaulieu: A Response to the Papal Reform Movement and Popular Hersey.”
Advisor: Carolyn Malone

Glatstein, Jeremy (2012 - 2013)
Dissertation Title: “The Watching Night: Print, Power and Jewish Vision in Early Modern Italy.” 
Advisor:  Sean Roberts

Kerrigan, Katherine (2012 - 2013)
Dissertation Title: “Cataloguing Critique: Experimental Forms of Documentation in American Art, 1970-1977”
Advisor: Richard Meyer

Lipschutz, Yael (2012 - 2013)
Dissertation Title: "Noah Purifoy: Through the Fire"
Advisors: Bridget R. Cooks  and Robin D.G. Kelley 

Tanton, Kristine (2012 - 2013)
Dissertation Title:  “The Marking of Monastic Space:  Inscribed Language on Romanesque Capitals.”  Advisor: Carolyn Malone

Solomon, Virginia (2012 - 2013)
Dissertation Title: " Sexuality and Signification: Episodes of General Idea's Subcultural Politics."
Advisor: Richard Meyer 

Hollenberg, Sarah (2011 - 2012)
Dissertation Title:  "Art on Television: 1967-1976." 
Advisor:  Richard Meyer

Lasc, Anca (2011 – 2012)
Dissertation Title: “Before Art Nouveau: The Invention, Commercialization, and Display of the Modern Interior in Nineteenth-Century France.”
Advisor:  Vanessa Schwartz
Accepted a Tenure-Track position as Assistant Professor of Design History at Pratt Institute in New York City.

Oh, Younjung (2011 – 2012)
Dissertation Title: “Art into Everyday Life: Department Stores as Purveyors of Culture in Modern Japan.” Advisor: Jonathan Reynolds

Basu, Priyanka (2010 – 2011)
Dissertation Title:  “Kunstwissenschaft and the 'Primitive': Excursions in the History of Art History, 1879–1914”
Advisor:  Karen Lang

Cho, Hyunjung (2010 – 2011)
Dissertation Title:   “Competing Futures: War Narratives in Postwar Japanese Architecture, 1945-1970.”  Advisor:  Jonathan Reynolds
Hyunjung Cho is an Assistant Professor at the Korea Advanced Institute of Science and Technology (KAIST) in South Korea. In 2011, she completed her dissertation, “Competing Futures: War Narratives in Postwar Japanese Architecture (1945-1970).” Her research has been published in various venues including Journal of Architectural Education, Review of Japanese Culture and Society.  

Goldman, Jason (2010 – 2011)
Dissertation Title:  “Open Secrets: Publicity, Privacy, and U.S. Artistic Practice in the Sixties.”
Advisor:  Richard Meyer

Hill, Jason (2010 - 2011)
Dissertation Title:  "Artist as Reporter: The PM News Picture, 1940-1948."
Advisor:  Richard Meyer
Jason Hill is presently Visiting Lecturer in Contemporary Art at UNLV. With Dr. Elisa Schaar, Jason edited and introduced a special dossier on American art and the Mass Media in the Summer issue of American Art, based on a conference on the same theme organized in Paris in 2012. With Vanessa R. Schwartz, he is presently hard at work preparing the co-edited volume Getting the Picture: The History and Visual Culture of the News, which will by published by Bloomsbury in 2015.

Le Blanc, Aleca (2010 – 2011)
Dissertation Title:   “Tropical Modernisms: Art and architecture in Rio de Janeiro in the 1950s.”  
Advisor:  Nancy Troy

Ming, Leta (2010 – 2011)
Dissertation Title:  “Curating as Performance:  Tom Marioni and the Museum of Conceptual Art, 1968-1979.”
Advisor:  Richard Meyer

Weddle, Candace (2010 – 2011)
Dissertation Title:  "Making Sense of Sacrifice: Sensory Experience in Greco-Roman Cult"
Advisor:  John Pollini
Candace Weddle is Assistant Professor of Art History (Tenure-Track) at the South Carolina School of the Arts at Anderson University. The recipient of a Fulbright and a residential fellowship from the Koç University Research Center for Anatolian Civilizations, she spent a year in Istanbul, during which time she joined the Austrian Archaeological Institute's excavation team at Ephesus. She has spoken at conferences and as an invited lecturer at universities in the U.S., U.K., Turkey, and Indonesia.  She also serves as a Smithsonian Speaker on Celebrity Cruise lines and as a Guest Lecturer for the specialized cruise company Voyages To Antiquity, giving on-board lectures on art and archaeology.  Candace's current research explores the sensory experience of ancient life, particularly the sights, sounds, smells, tastes and other sensations experienced by worshipers during ancient Greek and Roman animal sacrifices. Her most recent publications include chapters in the edited volumes Making Senses of the Past: Toward a Sensory Archaeology and Archaeology and Anthropology: Past, Present and Future.  Her new research on taste and touch in Greco-Roman religion will appear in the anthology Senses of the Empire in 2015.  

Chapman, Kathleen (2009 – 2010)
Dissertation Title:  “Expressionism Multiplied: Early Twentieth-Century German Posters between Art, Commerce, and Politics.”
Advisor:  Karen Lang

Hanson, Kate  (2009 – 2010)
Dissertation Title:  “Visualizing Culinary Culture at the Medici and Farnese Courts."
Advisor:  Eunice Howe
Kate Hanson is an academic advisor in the Honors Program and co-director of the Center for Fellowship and Scholarship Advising at Syracuse University. She works with undergraduate students from all disciplines to navigate Honors requirements and succeed in their senior thesis projects. In her role as nationally competitive scholarships advisor, she develops programs for students applying to external fellowships such as the Fulbright, Rhodes, Udall, or National Science Foundation. 

Kudriavtseva, Ekaterina (2009 – 2010)
Dissertation Title:   "The Making of Kazimir Malevich's Black Square”
Advisor:   Nancy Troy

Middleman, Rachel (2009 – 2010)
Dissertation Title:    "A New Eros: Sexuality in Women's Art before the Feminist Art Movement." 
Advisor:  Richard Meyer
Rachel Middleman is an Assistant Professor of Art History at Utah State University. She was awarded the Henry Luce Foundation/ACLS Dissertation Fellowship in American Art for 2009-2010. Her research has been published in the Woman’s Art Journal, and she has an article forthcoming in the Swedish journal Konsthistorisk Tidskrift. She has written exhibition reviews for CAA Reviews and Modern Painters. In 2012, she was awarded a research seed grant from Utah State University, and she is currently working on a book project on erotic art made by female artists in the 1960s.

Miller, Jennifer Munro (2009 – 2010)
Dissertation Title:   “In the Flesh: The Representation of Burlesque Theatre in American Art and Visual Culture.”
Advisor:  Richard Meyer

Moon, Virginia (2009 – 2010)
Dissertation Title:  "The Grafting of a Canon: The Politics of Korea's National Treasures and the Formation of an Art History"
Advisor:  Insoo Cho
Virginia Moon was appointed Assistant Curator of Korean Art in the Department of Chinese and Korean Art at LACMA. This is a prestigious appointment, for LACMA has close ties to the National Museum of Korea (the premier state museum and cultural institution in South Korea) and has mounted landmark exhibitions of Korean art in the past several decades.

Nolan, Linda (2009 – 2010)
Dissertation Title:  “Touching the Divine: Mobility, Devotion and the Display of Religious Objects in Early Modern Rome.”
Advisor:  Todd Olson
Since 2011, Linda Nolan is adjunct Assistant Professor of Art History at John Cabot University, Rome, Italy.  She was awarded a Samuel H. Kress Pre-Doctoral fellowship in residence at the Bibliotheca Hertziana, Rome for 2006-2008; and a fellowship from the  American Association of University Women for 2008-2009.  Linda received other grants to support her research and travels from the Dorot Foundation of the Archaeological Institute of America and the American Academy in Rome (Summer Archaeology Program, 2001).  In early 2012, Linda helped found the new “Rome Society” of the Archaeological Institute of America.  Her current research focuses on the history of collecting and display, mobility of meaning, and theory of response to art and material culture in early modern Rome.  Her essay about a sculpture by Gianlorenzo Bernini, “The Simulacrum of St. Bibiana: expression and design in early 17th century Rome,” will be published by Skira in the collection The Eternal Baroque: Essays in Honor of Jennifer Montagu, forthcoming.  


Snider, Stefanie (2009 – 2010)
Dissertation Title:  “Envisioning Bodily Difference: Refiguring Fat and Lesbian Subjects in Contemporary Art and Visual Culture, 1968-2009”
Advisor:  Richard Meyer

Von Lintel, Amy (2009 – 2010)
Dissertation Title:   “Surveying the Field: The Popular Origins of Art History in Nineteenth‑Century Britain and France.”
Advisor:  Nancy Troy
Amy Von Lintel has a current appointment of Assistant Professor of Art History, Tenure-Track, at West Texas A&M University.  She has recently published an article in Modernism/modernity on the importance of wood engravings for the circulation of art history knowledge in the nineteenth century, and has several forthcoming chapters in anthologies on women and public space, alternative venues of art exhibition, and art writing in Britain between the Victorian and Modernist periods, as well as an essay on Robert Smithson's Amarillo Ramp due to appear in the catalogue for the Dallas Museum of Art exhibition Robert Smithson in Texas opening Oct. 2013. In 2012, she curated the exhibition Collecting Art History:Taste on the Southern Plains for the Panhandle-Plains Historical Museum on WTAMU campus and currently serves as a member of the Board of Trustees for the Amarillo Museum of Art. She lives in Amarillo with her husband, two foster daughters, and two bassett hounds. 

O'Leary, Thomas (2008 - 2009)
Dissertation Title:   “Tokyo Visions: Contemporary Japanese Photography and the Search for a Subjective Documentary.”
Advisor:   Jonathan Reynolds

Olgren-Leblond, Kelli (2007 – 2008)
Dissertation Title:  “Reading Expressionist Architecture: German Modernism and ‘Paper Architecture,’ 1914-1920.”
Advisor:  Karen Lang

Zalman, Sandra (2007 – 2008)
Dissertation Title:   “A Vernacular Vanguard: Surrealism and the Making of American Art History 1936-1986.”
Advisor:  Nancy Troy
Sandra Zalman is an Assistant Professor of Art History at the University of Houston, where she teaches classes in Modern and Contemporary Art. In 2010, she was awarded a Creative Capital/Andy Warhol Foundation Arts Writers Grant, and was a 2012 - 2013 Fellow of the American Council of Learned Societies. Her research has been published in Art JournalGrey Room, Histoire de l'Art and the Journal of Surrealism and the Americas. Her current book project, which stems from her dissertation, analyzes Surrealism's reception in the U.S. and argues that Surrealism worked as a powerful agitator to disrupt dominant narratives of modern and contemporary art in the United States.

Royal, Suzanne (2005 – 2006)
Dissertation Title:  "Graphic Art in Weimar Berlin: The Case of Jeanne Mammen"
Advisor:  Karen Lang

Schertz, Peter (2005 – 2006)
Dissertation Title:  “Marsyas Contended: The Figure of Marsyas in Roman Art, Politics, and Religion”
Advisor:  John Pollini
Peter Justin Moon Schertz has served as curator of ancient art (the Jack and Mary Ann Frable Curator of Ancient Art since 2007) from October 2006. He received a Certificate of Museum Studies (1997) and Ph.D. in Classical Art and Archaeology (2004) from the University of Southern California, where he wrote the dissertation Seer or Victim? The Figure of Marsyas in Roman Art, Religion, and Politics under the supervision of John Pollini. He received his BA in Classical Languages and Literature from the University of Chicago (1987). His specialty is Roman art, with a focus on the intersection of art and culture, particularly art and religion, and the urban fabric of ancient Rome. He is the co-editor of  the forthcoming volume Caligula 3D: Man, Myth, and Emperor (Brill) and is particularly interested in how new technologies can help us understand and interpret ancient. 

Nedd, Andrew (2004 – 2005)
Dissertation Title:   “Defending Russia: Russian History and Pictorial Narratives of the 'Patriotic War,' 1812-1912.”
Advisor:  John Bowlt
With a dissertation titled, "Defending Russia: Russian History and Pictorial Narratives of the 'Patriotic War,' 1812-1912," Andrew Nedd received the Ph.D. in 2005. His dissertation addresses the intersection of national identity and culture in Russian artistic representations of the Patriotic War of 1812. Andrew shows that the visual narrative of the events of 1812 was inextricably linked to Russia's search for national identity and helped to form competing definitions of "Russianess."

Uradomo, Stacey (2004 – 2005)
Dissertation Title:   “Legacies: Family Memories, and Identity in the work of Roger Shimomura, Tomie Arai and Lynne Yamamoto
Advisor:  Richard Meyer and Nancy Troy
Stacey Uradomo received a Ph.D. in 2005 with a dissertation titled, "Legacies: Family Memories, History, and Identity in Japanese American Art." The dissertation examines the work of three sanei (third generation) Japanese American artists: Roger Shimomura, Tomie Arai, and Lynne Yamamoto. Stacey argues that these artists draw upon family memories in the form of diaries, photographs, and oral histories, respectively, in order to interrogate the complex relationship between memory, history, and Japanese American identity.

Sloboda, Stacey Loughrey (2003 – 2004)
Dissertation Title:  "Design, Empire, and Aesthetics in Britain, 1745-1851"
Advisor:   Karen Lang
Stacey Loughrey Sloboda completed her Ph.D. in 2004 with a dissertation titled, "Making China: Design, Empire, and Aesthetics in Britain, 1745-1851." She is now Associate Professor of Art History at Southern Illinois University.  Her book, Chinoiserie: Commerce and Critical Ornament in Eighteenth-Century Britain is forthcoming from Manchester University Press in 2014. She has published widely on aspects of the decorative arts and their relationship to gendered and cross-cultural practices in journals including Eighteenth-Century Studies, Journal of Design History, and the British Art Journal, and has held fellowships and visiting positions from the Yale Center for British Art, the Victoria and Albert Museum, the American Philosophical Society, and the Paul Mellon Centre for Studies in British Art. She is currently at work on a new book project on the artists and artisans working in and around London's St. Martin's Lane in the mid-eighteenth century.

Bertiz, Agnes (2002 – 2003)
Dissertation Title:  “Picturing Health: The Garden and Landscape in the Late Fourteenth-Century Illuminated Tacuinum Sanitatis"
Advisor:  Eunice Howe
Agnes Bertiz is currently teaching at Art Center College of Design in Pasadena and the University of La Verne. Agnes became a CSMP (Consortium for a Strong Minority Presence at Liberal Arts Colleges) Post-Doctoral Fellow in Spring 2006, and visiting assistant professor in the Department of Art History at Hamilton College in Clinton, New York. At Hamilton College, Agnes is teaching a course on “Women in Renaissance” and “Baroque Art,” and an introductory survey of “Asian Arts and Cultures.”

DeKoning, Marion (2002 – 2003)
Dissertation Title:  “The Battle of Lekkerbettje: Imagery and Ideology during the Eighty Years War (1568-1648)”
Advisor:  Todd Olson

Madsen, Gamble (2002 – 2003)
Dissertation Title:  "Medevial Visions of the Godhead:  Peter Lombard’s Commentary on Psalm 109."
Advisor:  Carolyn Malone
Gamble Madsen completed and defended her dissertation, "Psalm 109 and the Medieval Mind: Visions of the Godhead with Special Emphasis on the Commentary of Peter Lombard," in 2004. She has since taught courses at Occidental College and Mt. San Antonio College in Walnut, California.

Monroe, Elizabeth (2002 – 2003)
Dissertation Title:  “Images of Synagoga as Christian Discourse (1000-1215)”
Advisor:  Carolyn Malone

Roth, Andrea (2002 – 2003)
Dissertation Title:  “La Matrona Bergamasca.  Portraying Women in Renaissance Bergamo”
Advisor:  Eunice Howe

Warren, Sarah (2002 - 2003)
Dissertation Titled: “Performing the Primitive:  Mikhail Larinov and the Paradoxes of Russian Futurism.” She is an assistant professor of art history at the State University of New York, Purchase College. The recipient of numerous research grants, her scholarship concentrates on late imperial Russian avant-garde painting, performance, and curatorial practice.  Sarah was a fellow at the Clark Art Institute in the summer of 2006. 

Meyer, Starleen K. 
Starleen K. Meyer collaborates in didactic and outreach activities at the Bagatti Valsecchi Museum in Milan, Italy (, one of Europe's most important historic house museums, as well as caring for its Web site. She gave a talk at the conference, “Musifications," held at the Whitworth Art Gallery in Manchester, UK, in April 2005. With Italy as its setting, the conference aimed to explore the relationship between collections in domestic residences and collections absorbed into art galleries and museums. Her talk, "The Bagatti Valsecchi Museum in Milan: a Historical Historic House Museum," examined the museological choices that determined the formation of the museum.  Further information about the conference may be found at the conference Web site ( or from the organizer, Dr. Suzy Butters, For further information about the museum, or to arrange for a personalized tour of the museum, Dr. Meyer would be happy to hear from you by email:

She was awarded a Bachelor of Arts degree with Honors in Fine Art and a minor in philosophy in 1980 from the Loma Linda University in California. She received her Master of Arts Degree in art history in 1983 from the University of California at Riverside, having written, "The So-Called Mausoleum of Galla Placidia." During these studies, she received various awards and honors, primary among which was the Marius de Brabant Fellowship for Scholastic Excellence on the Graduate Level. There followed a few years during which she worked in Los Angeles, first in an art gallery and then for Alitalia Airlines. Having returned to graduate school at the University of Southern California in 1990, she received numerous awards and honors, primary among which were J. Paul Getty Scholarships, Teaching Assistant of the Year Awards, membership in the Phi Kappa Phi All-University Academic Honor Society, a USC dissertation grant, and the Fulbright-Hayes Grant that allowed her to do original research in Rome in order to complete her Philosophical Doctor dissertation in 1998 on "The Papal Series in the Sistine Chapel: The Embodiment, Vesting and Framing of Papal Power.” Her translations from Italian into English feature in Historic Interiors (2001), Museum International (2001), Open Museum Journal (2002), The 19th-century (2003), Case-museo a Milano (2005) and Architetti nel mediterraneo (2007), as well as at the museum of Reggio Calabria, Palazzo Langosco in Vercelli and the Sforza Castle, San Giovanni in Conca, the church of Sant’Ambrogio and the Bagatti Valsecchi Museum all four in Milan. She has given talks at many international conferences. Her publications appear in the Bollettino of the Vatican museums (2000); Sisto IV. Le Arti a Roma nel Primo Rinascimento (2000); Acts of DEMHIST (ICOM’s International Committee for Historic House Museums, with which she also collaborated, 2000-2003);Pius Secundus Aeneas Silvius Piccolomini poeta laureatus Pontifex Maximus (2007); Andrea Bregno e Giovanni Santi. La cultura adriatica del Rinascimento (2007); Nativitàe presepi nell'arte e nella tradizione a Milano e in Lombardia (2007); Confraternitas (Fall 2007; another forthcoming); Andrea Bregno. Il senso della forma nella cultura artistica del Rinascimento (2008); La Società del Giardino: un percorso illustrato (2009, which she also curated); and La forma del Rinascimento (2010) on the papal series; dress and liturgical vestments; physiognomy and portraiture; Renaissance Italian art, architecture and epigraphy; Milan; Andrea Bregno; confraternities; museology and the Bagatti Valsecchi Museum, Milan, Italy, where, since early 2000, she collaborates (;



Undergraduate Alumni

Cindy Robinson( B.A., Art History 2010) was first appointed to the Campus Center Art Program, also called Art and Trojan Traditions, as the Ronald Tutor Campus Center Art Fellow--now the Educational Program Coordinator.

Rachel Rees (B.A. Art History, B.A. Print Journalism, 2009) currently works in Christie’s Museum Services Department as the Senior Administrative Assistant. In this role, Rachel supports the Museum Services team in coordinating and administrating deaccesioning projects for North American institutions. Rachel also helps with organizing appraisals on behalf of institutions, including insurance valuations, charitable donation and indemnification appraisals. She has also helped to secure important loans for exhibitions. Prior to Christie’s, Rachel completed her M.A. in the History and Business of Art and Collecting with the University of Warwick, in partnership with the Wallace Collection, London, and L’Institut d’Etudes Superieures des Arts, Paris (M.A., 2011). Her master’s thesis focused on the National Gallery, London, and its collecting of Modern French Art in the context of the Edgar Degas Estate Sale in Paris, 1918. Rachel’s research examined the policies of the Board of Trustees and intricacies of their relationship with then NG Director, Charles Holmes. Rachel brings her past experience interning at Christie’s London & Christie’s Los Angeles, the Art Loss Register, the Getty Research Institute and the Los Angeles Times, to her current role at Christie’s.

Eunice Lee (B.A. in Art History and a minor in Cinema-Television) has recently joined the Whitney Museum of American Art as the Manager of Corporate Partnerships. Eunice oversees Whitney’s Corporate Partnership program, and works on program support fundraising and the Corporate Campaign for the Whitney of the Future. Prior to the Whitney, Eunice worked at the Los Angeles County Museum of Art (LACMA) in Development as the Assistant Manager of Corporate Giving, where she managed the museum's corporate membership program and public program fundraising. Prior to LACMA, she was the Curatorial Associate at the Frederick R. Weisman Art Foundation, and was a key researcher in the production of the foundation’s first collection catalogue. During her time at USC, Eunice studied abroad at the University of Cambridge, and returned to England in 2007 to receive a M. Litt in the History of Art and Connoisseurship (Fine and Decorative Art, 1400-1960)from Christie's Education, administered by the University of Glasgow.

Ceres Botros ( B.A., Art History) has joined the Pasadena Museum of California Art as Special Events Manager. "We are so excited that Ceres has joined the staff officially. She has a huge amount of energy and has always been committed to the museum, so we are lucky to have her." says Emma Jacobson-Sive, Director of Public Relations. Since her arrival, Ceres has brought PMCA new partnerships, including the Southern California Public Radio station KPCC, Southern California Edison and clothing line Tommy Bahama. Ceres first came to the PMCA in the spring of 2004 as an intern while getting her BA in Art History at the University of Southern California. She worked on the Keeny Scharf, California Design Biennial '05

Theresa Papanikolas ( B.A., Art History, 1986) most recently appointed as Curator of European and American Art at the Honolulu Academy of Arts. She has a forthcoming book, The Cultural Politics of Paris Dada, 1914 -1924:  Anarchism between the Wars (London: Ashgate Publishers).  She is currently, the Wallis Annenberg Curatorial Fellow in the Department of Prints and Drawings at LACMA, where she curated the special exhibition Doctrinal Nourishment:  Art and Anarchism in the Time of James Ensor.  

Jeanna Yoo ( B.A., Art History) has been appointed the new Chief Advancement Officer of The Museum of Contemporary Art San Diego (MCASD). As CAO, Yoo will oversee all aspects of development, membership, and communications at the Museum and will be a key member of the MCASD leadership team. Yoo holds dual degrees in art history and psychology from University of California, Los Angeles, and a Master’s Degree in art history and museum studies from University of Southern California. Yoo previously worked for the California Academy of Sciences in San Francisco (CAS) where she has been Director of Individual Giving. She has also served as Associate Director of Development/Membership Director at the San Francisco Museum of Modern Art (SFMOMA), Membership Marketing Manager at the Los Angeles County Museum of Art (LACMA), Public Affairs Assistant at the Getty Trust, Co-Curator at USC’s Fisher Gallery, and Outreach Coordinator at the UCLA/Hammer Museum of Art. 

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