Graduate Student History of Art & Architecture Association

Who We Are



What We Do

GSHAAA strives to deepen our knowledge of art history, to support our graduate students’ art-historical endeavors and departmental life, and to provide funding (when possible) and academic and professional development opportunities to our budding scholars.

Our activities involve the following areas: Scholarship, Sociability and Mentoring, and Financial Support.

Graduate Student Symposium

We organize one of the longest running Graduate Student Symposiums in the country. From a call for papers, presentations are juried and selected graduate students from across the world come together to share their work one weekend in March.
Contact: Graduate Symposium Coordinators: Kiernan Acquisto & Rachel Hofer

HAA Lecture Series

GSHAAA works closely with the History of Art & Architecture faculty to coordinate a series of informal lectures by local scholars and professionals. They take place throughout the school year and are a great way to learn about the art world and meet people in the field.
Contact: Guest Scholar Lecture Series Coordinators:Bailey Benson & Kimber Chewning

History of Art & Architecture Forum

The History of Art & Architecture Forum convenes twice a month, giving graduate students the opportunity to present papers prior to attending conferences and learn more about funding opportunities, grant writing, publishing and other professional development opportunities.
Contact: History of Art & Architecture Forum Coordinators:  Constanza Robles  &  Althea Ruoppo


Once or twice a semester GSHAAA holds an open meeting for all members at which we discuss issues and plan upcoming events. We hope you’ll join us.
Click here to view past meeting minutes.


Founded in 2014, SEQUITUR is a scholarly art and architectural history journal edited by graduate students from BU’s Department of History of Art & Architecture. This open-access, online journal features articles written by graduate students, but we hope to reach a much wider audience. We solicit proposals from students at other universities as well as our own, and contributions include the latest exhibition and book reviews, interviews, scholarly essays, and more.

Student/Faculty Committee

In order to keep the lines of communication open, a small group of students (usually 1 MA, 1 PhD and a GSHAAA officer) meet regularly with the Department Chair and the Director of Graduate Studies to discuss all aspects of student life.
Contact: Student/Faculty Committee Representative: Bryn Schockmel

Social Events

GSHAA also helps plan the department holiday and end of the year parties as well as more informal events.  Contact: Social Events Coordinator: Rio Fischer