Dissertations

In Progress



Christina An
“Art Beyond Price or Place: Vermeer, Asia, and the Poetics of Painting”
First Reader: Zell


Lara Ayad
“Egypt’s Morphing Modernisms: Representing Women, Cultural Identity, and Class in Modern Egyptian Art, 1933-1973″
First Reader: Becker


Rebekah Beaulieu  (AMNESP)
“Designing Culture: The Creation, Preservation, and Interpretation of Three Historic Houses in the American Midwest”
First Reader: Moore


Leslie K. Brown
“‘Picture Ahead!': The Kodak Picture Spot Sign in American Photography, Visual and Material Culture, and the Touristic Landscape”
First Reader: Sichel


Erin Coe
“Cultural Icon Meets Cultural Landscape: Georgia O’Keeffe, Historiography, and Lake George”
First Reader: Hills


Lynne Cooney
“The Transparent Glass Cabinet: The Politics of Display in Exhibitions in Johannesburg After Apartheid”
First Reader: Becker


Caitlin Dalton
“Imprinting Art and Ideology: Memory and Pedagogy in the Early German Democratic Republic”
First Reader: Williams


Jamie Devol   (AMNESP)
“‘Impelled by the Power of Living’: The Ideology and Architecture of Frank Furness and Louis Sullivan”
First Reader: Morgan


Elisa Germán
“The Creative State: The Calcografía Nacional and its Impact on Printmaking in Madrid After the Spanish Civil War, 1939-1959″
First Reader: Williams


Melanee Harvey
“Upon this Rock: Mapping Architecture and Material Histories of Protestant Black Church, 1881-1969″
First Reader: Morgan


Erin Hyde Nolan
“Ottomans Abroad: The Translation and Circulation of Nineteenth-Century Portrait Photography from Istanbul to Europe and the United States”
First Reader: Sichel


Anjuli Lebowitz
“Faith in the Field: The Photographic Albums of Auguste Salzmann, 1854-1875″
First Reader:. Sichel


Kristi L. Martin  (AMNESP)
“Creating ‘Concord’: How Preservation and Tourism Transformed a New England Village into a Tourist Mecca, 1824-1965”
First Reader: Moore


Ewa Matyczyk
“Public Transformations: Intervention, Memory, and Community in Warsaw, 1970-2010″
First Reader: Williams


Erin McKellar
“Tomorrow on Display: American and British Housing Exhibitions, 1940-1955″
First Reader: Hochhäusl


Catherine O’Reilly
“Last Supper Refectory Frescoes in Fifteenth-Century Florence: Painting, Performance, Senses, and Space”
First Reader: Cranston


Sarah Parrish
“Anthropologies of Fiber: Claire Zeisler, Ed Rossbach, Sheila Hicks”
First Reader: Williams


Margaret Shortle
“Illustrated Divans of Hafiz: Islamic Aesthetics at the Intersection of Art and Literature, 1450-1650″
First Reader: Fetvaci


Samuel Shupe  (AMNESP)
“Pedaling Vacationland: Bicyclists, Genteel Recreation, and Landscapes in Maine, 1878-1902”
First Reader: Moore


Lana Sloutsky
“A Culture in Exile? The Transferral and Translation of Byzantine Visual Culture, 1440-1600″
First Reader: Cranston


Deborah Stein
“Charles Callahan Perkins, Classical Sculpture and the Rhetorical Tradition in Boston”
First Reader: Morgan


Emily Voelker
“From Both Sides of the Lens: Anthropology, Native Experience & Photographs of American Indians in French Exhibitions, 1870-1890″
First Reader: Sichel




 

Completed



2016

Lindsay Alberts
“Absolute Ambivalence: Sites of Collecting and Display under Francesco I de’ Medici”
First Reader: Morgan


Susan Barahal
Repaint, Reframe, Renew: Updating Sacred Images during the Early Italian Renaissance
First Reader: Cranston


Caroline Riley
“’Ambassador of Good Will': The Museum of Modern Art’s Three Centuries of American Art in 1930s Europe and the United States”
First Reader: Hills


Alona Wilson
“Hughie Lee-Smith, African American Artist: Narrative Paintings, Jim Crow, and the Cold War”
First Reader: Hills



2015

George Born (AMNESP)
“Home Rule: Local Historic Districting in the New Boston, 1953-1983”
First Reader: Morgan


Kathleen Daly (AMNESP)
“Fit to Mother: Women, Architecture, and the Performance of Health, 1865-1930”
First Reader: Morgan


Beth Pugliano 
“All Those Who Fight: Violence, Justice, and the Motif of Paired Combatants in Medieval Art, C. 1000-1215”
First Reader: Kahn


Casey Riley  (AMNESP)
“From Page to Stage: Isabella Stewart Gardner’s Photograph Albums and the Development of Her Museum, 1850-1920”
First Reader: Sichel


Karen Robbins  (AMNESP)
“Discipline and Polish: Teaching Domesticity at the Connecticut Industrial School for Girls, 1868-1917”
First Reader: Morgan


Seung Yeon Sang  
“Cultural Essence and National Ceramics: The Formation of the Korean Folk Art Museum Under Japanese Colonial Rule”
First Reader: Tseng


George Schwartz  (AMNESP)
“‘Collecting and Arranging…a History of the Globe’: A Reconsideration of the Salem East India Marine Society and Antebellum American Museology”
First Reader: Morgan


Naomi Slipp  
“The Secret Figure: Artistic Anatomy and the Search for the Medical Body in Nineteenth-Century American Art”
First Reader: Hills


Ginger Elliott Smith
“Technology and Artistic Practice in 1960s and 1970s Southern California”
First Reader: Williams


Martina Tanga  
“Arte Ambientale and Arte nel Sociale in Italian Art of the 1970s”
First Reader: Williams


Catherine Walsh
“Renaissance Landscapes and the Figuration of Giambologna’s Appennino: An Ecocritical Analysis”
First Reader: Cranston



2014

Judy Ditner  

“War at a Distance: Conceptual Realism in Contemporary Art”
First Reader: Sichel


Kenneth Hartvigsen  
“‘What We See, What We Sing’: American Illustrated Sheet Music from theCivil War to World War I”
First Reader: Hills


Keely Orgeman  
“Visualizing the Irradiated Body and Radioactive Landscape in American Art, 1945-2010”
First Reader: Hills


Brian Sirman   (AMNESP)
“Concrete Dreams: Architecture, Politics, and Boston’s New City Hall, 1960-2010”
First Reader: Morgan


Zachary Violette  (AMNESP)
“Ornament and Identity in the Immigrant-Built Tenements of Boston and New York, 1870-1920”
First Reader: Morgan



2013

Carrie Anderson
“Johan Maurits’s Brazilian Collection: The Role of Ethnographic Gifts in Colonial Discourse”
First Reader: Zell


John Gordon   (AMNESP)
“Lurelle Guild’s Historical Modernism: Americana and Industrial Design”
First Reader: Morgan


Katherine Harper
“New Light on Hendrick Goudt: Artist and Nobleman”
First Reader: Zell


Yanchiuan He
“The Materiality, Style and Culture of Calligraphy in the Northern Song Dynasty(960-1127)”
First Reader: Bai


Meghen Jones
“Tomimoto Kenkichi and the Discourse of Modern Japanese Ceramics”
First Reader: Tseng


Dean Lampros (AMNESP)
“Like a Real Home: The Residential Funeral Home and America’s ChangingVernacular Landscape, 1910 – 1960″ (Richard Candee)
First Reader: Moore


Austin Porter
“Paper Bullets: The Visual Culture of American World War II Print Propaganda”
First Reader: Hills


Jessica Roscio (AMNESP)
“Photographic Domesticity: The Home/Studios of Alice Austen, Catharine Wede Barnes Ward, and Frances Benjamin Johnston, 1885-1915”
First Reader:
Sichel


Benjamin Zweig
“Unforgivable Sin: Depicting Suicide in Medieval Art, 1100-1400”
First Reader: Kahn



2012

Katherine Carroll
“Modernizing the American Medical School, 1893-1940: Architecture, Pedagogy, Professionalization, and Philanthropy”
First Reader: Morgan


Susanne Moebus-Bergeron
“The Adaptation and Application of Goldsmith Techniques in Medieval Manuscripts from the Early Eleventh to the Mid-Thirteenth Century”
First Reader: Kahn


Colin Root (AMNESP)
”Living on the Level’: The Significance of Horizontality in Shaping Cold-War America”
First Reader: Morgan


Tara Ward
“Personal Space: Simultaneity in the 1913 Work of Robert Delaunay, Fernand Léger, and Sonia Delaunay”
First Reader:
 Cranston


Francine Weiss (AMNESP)
“Visual Verses: Edward Weston’s Photographs for Walt Whitman’s Leaves of Grass, 1941-1942″
First Readers:
 Hills,  Sichel



2011

Virginia Anderson
” ‘A State of Anxious Uncertainty': The Critical Reception of Jasper Johns”
First Readers: Jones, Williams


Christine Hult-Lewis  (AMNESP)
“The Mining Photographs of Carleton Watkins, 1858-1891 and the Origins of Corporate Photography”
First Reader:
 Sichel


Amber Ludwig
“‘Becoming Emma Hamilton: Portraiture and Self-Fashioning in Late Enlightenment Europe”
First Reader:
 Redford


Melissa Renn
“LIFE in the Art World, 1936-1972″
First Reader:
 Hills



 

 

 

2010

Cutshaw, Stacey “Intimate Images: The Public and the Private in Twentieth-Century American Photography” C. Jones,K. Sichel
Doherty, Keith “Roman Landscape Painting, Narrative, and Ancient Cartography F. Kleiner
Habib Linssen, Dalia “Imprints of Their Being: the Photographs of Hansel Mieth and Otto Hagel.” K. Sichel
Markovitz Goldstein, Holly “American Landscapes as Revisionist History: The Frontier Photographs ofMark Klett, John Pfahl, Deborah Bright, and Robert Adams” K. Sichel
Orwig, Timothy T(AMNESP) “Patriotism, Taste, and Authenticity: Joseph Everett Chandler, the Preservation Movement and the Colonial Revival.” K.N. Morgan
Roberts, Ellen “Japanese Art and the American Aesthetic Interior, 1870-1900” K.N. Morgan
2009
Dolan, Julia “I will Take you into the Heart of Modern Industry: Lewis Hine’s Photographic Interpretation of the Machine Age” K. Sichel
DuBois, Michelle “Picturing ‘The Structure of Becoming’ – Charles Seliger’s Expressions of Complexity.” P. Hills,G. Williams
Dumett, Mari “Corporate Imaginations: The Fluxus Collective in the Age of Multinational Capitalism” C. Jones,P. Hills
Emans Moore, Charlotte (AMNESP) “Art as Text, War as Context: The Art Gallery of the Metropolitan Fair,
New York City’s Artistic Community, and the Civil War”
P. Hills
Lamunière, Michelle “The Social Museum at Harvard: Francis Greenwood Peabody and Early Twentieth-Century Social Reform Photography in Context “ K. Sichel
2008
Albers, Kate Palmer “Archive/Atlas/Album: The Photographic Records of Christian Boltanski, Dinh Q. Lê, and Gerhard Richter” C. Jones,K. Sichel
Barrett, Ross “Rendering Violence: Riots, Strikes, and Upheaval in Nineteenth-CenturyAmerican Art and Visual Culture” P. Hills
Burgess, Rebekah(AMNESP) “Collecting Agency: Turn-of-the-Century Lowell, Massachusetts Workers Return the Camera’s Gaze’ K. Sichel
De Appolonia, Giovanna “Profane and Sacred Justice: The Symbolism of the Romanesque Column-Bearing Lion from Northern Italy” D. Kahn
Mayer, Stephanie “The Art of The Gift:  Mount, Sully, Huntington, and the Antebellum Gift Book Industry” P. Hills
2007
Senf, Rebecca “Intimate Places: Ansel Adams’s Photographs in the American West and Southwest, 1916-1936” K. Sichel
Steck, Stuart “Veiling the Subject: Ellsworth Kelly and the Discourses of Modernism” C. Jones,P. Hills
2006
Blais, Catherine “The Artist/ Curator Phenomenon: Maneuvers In The Economy of a Relation” C. Jones,J. Ribner
Driemeyer, Laura(AMNESP) “Rising from the Ashes:  The Transformation of 19th Century Building Culture in Charlestown, Massachusetts” K.N. Morgan
Seaman, Natasha “Archaism and the Critique of Caravaggio in the Religious Paintings of Hendrick Ter Brugghen” M. Zell
Tronchin, Francesca “An Eclectic Locus Artis: The Casa Di Octavius Quartio At Pompeii” F. Kleiner
2005
Hamilton, Jaimey “Strategies of Excess: The Postwar Assemblages of Alberto Burri, Robert Rauschenberg, and Arman” C. Jones,P. Hills
2004
Gertsman, Elina Debeo Saltare: Theology, Reception and Performativity in the Medieval Dance of Death.” J. Cranston
Hoss, Mary Louise “The Female Collegian in Black and White: Institutional Photography of Women Students 1895-1915” K. Sichel
Shafer, Deborah “Fashioning an Ideal of Intimacy: British Family Portraits, 1730-1790” J. Ribner
2003
Altvater, Francis A In Fonte Renatus: The Iconography and Context of Twelfth-CenturyBaptismal Fonts in England” D. Kahn
Furth, Leslie “Imaging Transgression: Subverting the Victorian Norm in the Work of Thomas Satterwhite Noble, John Singer Sargent and John White Alexander” P. Hills,J. Ribner
Kjellman-Chapin, Monica “Embodying Aestheticism: Whistler and the Tradition of the Nude” J. Ribner
Lawrence, Kathleen(AMNESP) “Aesthetic Transcendentalism and its Legacy: Margaret Fuller, William Wetmore” S. Mizruchi, P. Hills
Richardson, Milda B “The Metamorphosis of the Lithuanian Wayside Shrine, 1850-1990” K.N. Morgan
2002
Bresler, Ross “Between Ancient and All’antica: The Imitation of Roman Coins in the Renaissance” H. Wohl,F. Kleiner
Lane, Grayson Harris “Duncan Phillips and the Phillips Memorial Gallery: A Patron and Museum in Formation, 1918-1940” P. Hills
Iarocci, Louisa “Spaces of Desire: The Department Store in America” K.N. Morgan
Rhee, Jieun “Performing the Order: Asian Bodies in Performance and Video Art” C. Jones,P. Hills
Rubin, Sydelle “Emigrants in Harlem: New Perspective on Miguel Covarrubias and Winold Reiss” P. Hills,S. Nelson
Vure, Sarah “Independent American Artist: The Post-Armory Show Careers of Robert Henri and John Sloan” P. Hills
2001
Carso, Kerry Dean(AMNESP) “Reading the Gothic: American Art and Architecture in the Age of RomanticLiterature, 1800-1850” K.N. Morgan
D’Ambrosio, Paul S(AMNESP) “Ralph Fasanella (1914-1997): The Making of a Working-Class Artist” P. Hills
Dermer, Rachelle “Led to Believe: Photography and the Construction of the Medical Subject” C. Jones,K. Sichel
Spinari-Pollalis, Tatiana “André Breton: Psychiatry in the Service of Surrealism” K. Sichel
Taylor, Stephanie “Constructing Cornell: Artistic Identity and the Invention of Joseph Cornell” C. Jones
Wilcox-Titus, Catherine “Skin Deep: Authorship, Authenticity, and Picturing a Self in American Art since the 1970s” C. Jones,P. Hills
2000
Georgi, Karen “Asher B. Durand’s American Landscapes and the Nature of Representation” P. Hills
1999
Alexander-Shilland, Kimberly “Ware and Van Brunt: Architectural Practice and Professionalization (1863-1881)” K.N. Morgan
Housefield, James E “French Interpretations of Leonardo da Vinci’s Modernity: A Mind at Work in Art and Science” H. Wohl
Kao, Deborah Martin “Radioactive Icons: The Critical Reception and Cultural Meaning of Modern Religious Art in Cold War America” P. Hills,C. Jones
Landsmark, Theodore Carlisle(AMNESP) “’Haunting Echoes’: Histories and Exhibition Strategies for Collecting Nineteenth-Century African-American Crafts” P. Hills
Lyons, Maura “William Dunlap and Construction of an American Art History” P. Hills,K.N. Morgan
Payne, Carol J. “Interactions of Photography and the Mass Media, 1920-1941” K. Sichel
Stomberg, John “Art and Fortune: Machine-Age Discourse and the Visual Culture of Industrial Modernity” P. Hills,K. Sichel
1998
Bookbinder, Judith “Figurative Expressionism in Boston and its Germanic Cultural Affinities: An Alternative Modernist Discourse on Art and Identity” P. Hills,C. Jones
Ehrenpries, David “Beyond the Femme Fatale: Female Types in Wilhelmime Visual Culture” J. Ribner
Fontana, Jeffrey “Federico Barocci: Imitation and the Formation of Artistic Identity” H. Wohl
Gruskin, Nancy B “Building Context: The Personal and Professional Life of Eleanor Raymond, Architect (1887-1989)” K.N. Morgan
1997
Barr, Peter “Becoming Documentary: Berenice Abbott’s Photographs, 1925-1939” K. Sichel
Brody, David Eric(AMNESP) “Fantasy Realized: The Philippines, Orientalism, and Imperialism in Turn-of-the century American Visual Culture” P. Hills,K.N. Morgan
1996
Hanni, Margaret “The Marriage Portrait in 18th-Century England” A. Binion
Riccardi, Lee Ann “Roman Imperial Portraiture in the Eastern Provinces, A.D. 235-270: A Study of Reception and Rejection of Imperial Models” F. Kleiner
Trump, Erik Krenzen(AMNESP) “The Indian Industries League and its Support of American Indian Arts 1893-1922:A Study of Changing Attitudes Towards Indian women and Assimilationist Policy” P. Hills
1995
Allen, Nina(AMNESP) “Thomas Hart Benton and John Steinbeck: Populist Realism in the Depression Era” W. Vance,P. Hills
Carson, Jeanie Cooper(AMNESP) “Interpreting National Identity in Time of War: Competing Views in United States Office of War Information (OWI) Photography, 1940-1945” K. Sichel
White, Eric “Hugo Van Der Goes and the Art of Imitation in Early Netherlandish Painting” A. Binion
1994
McInnes, Mary Drach “Taboo and Transgression: The Subversive Aesthetics of Georges Bataille and Documents K. Sichel,F. Licht
Patton, Pamela A “The Cloister of San Juan de la Pena and Monumental Sculpture in Aragon and Navrre” S. Von Daum Tholl
Steinberg, Norma Sheila “William Gropper: Art and Censorship from the 1930s Cold War Era” P. Hills
Thompson (Moriarty), Phyllis Anina “The Triumph of Poverty Over Fortune: Illuminations From Boccaccio’s De Casibus Virorum Illustrium N. Miller
1993
Murphy, Debra “The Fresco Decoration of the Pauline Rooms in the Palazzo Dei Conservatori” H. Wohl
Nahum, Katherine “Coborn Harding ‘The Importance of Velazquez to Goya, Manet and Sargent’” F. Licht
1992
Bauman, Priscilla “Regional Iconography in Auvergne: Pre-Chistian and Gallo-Roman Vocabulary in Romanesque Sculpture” S. Von Daum Tholl
Green, Caroline V “Fabricating a Dream: American World’s Fair Sculpture, 1876-1915” F. Licht,K.N. Morgan
Hirshler, Erica E “Lillian Westcott Hale (1880-1963): A Woman Painter of Boston School” P. Hills
Milhous, Margaret Honos and Virtus in Roman Art” F. Kleiner
1991
Ashbrook, Susan “The Private Press Movement in Britain 1890-1914” J. Ribner,K. N. Morgan
Porterfield, Todd B “Art in the Service of the French Imperialism in the Near East, 1798-1848: Four Case Studies” F. Licht,J. Ribner
Sheckler, Allyson “Roman Honorary Arches in Iberia” F. Kleiner,J. Wiseman
1990
Goodwin, Mary “Minor White: Silence of Seeing. Teaching Photography’s Visible Language” C. Chiarenza, K. Sichel
Kahn, Lisa C “Gallo-Roman Sculpture from Soulosse, France” F. Kleiner
Milne, Louise S “Dreams and Popular Beliefs in the Imagery of Pieter Bruegal the Elder c. 1528-1569” H. Wohl,N. Miller
1989
Doezema, Marianne “George Bellows & Urban America 1905-1913” P. Hills,D. Hall
Panzer, Mary(AMNESP) “Romantic Origins of American Realism: Photography, Arts & Letters in Philadelphia 1850-1875” C. Chiarenza
1988
Cassidy, Donna “The Painted Music of America in the Works of Arthur G. Dove, John Marin and Joseph Stella: An Aspect of Cultural Nationalism” P. Hills
Glavin, Ellen Marie “Maurice Prendergast: The Development of an American Post-Impressionist, 1900-1925” P. Hills
Hoff, Michael C “The Roman Agora at Athens” F. Kleiner
Johnston, Patricia “Edward Steichen’s Advertising Photography: The Visual Strategies of Persuasion” C. Chiarenza, P. Hills
Nessen, Susan W “Surrealism in Exile: The Early New York Years, 1940-1942” H. Wohl
Stewart, David Alan “G.F. Watts: The Social and Religious Themes” K. Bendiner, K.N. Morgan

1987

Black, Janet Phyrn “Aspects of the Artist’s Education in Eighteenth-Century France” A. Binion
Dabakis, Melissa “Saul Baizerman (1889-1957)” P.Hills,F. Licht
Longsworth, Ellen L “The Renaissance Tomb in Milan” H. Wohl
1986
Calo, Carole Gold “Aspects of Wood Sculpture in America During the 1950’s” F. Licht
Stott, Annette “American Painters who worked in the Netherlands” P. Hills
Webbe, Nancy Lodge “The Three Graces in Renaissance Art: Origins and Transformations of a Theme” H. Wohl

(AMNESP) denotes the student is a doctoral candidate in the American and New England Studies Program; all others are History of Art & Architecture doctoral candidates/recipients.