Who We Are


2022/2023 Officers:

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. Following a call for papers, presentations are juried, and selected graduate students from around the world come together to share their work on a Saturday during the spring semester.
Contact: Symposium Coordinators: Hannah Jew & Rachel Kline

HAA Guest Lecture Series

Sponsored by the Boston University Center for the Humanities; the HAA Guest Lecture Series brings together historians of art, architecture and material culture specializing in diverse fields and genres. Prominent scholars are invited to share their latest research with the BU community in a lecture followed by Q&A.

The 2022-2023 HAA Guest Lecture Series is organized by graduate students Carter Jackson & Sybil Joslyn along with faculty from the department.

History of Art & Architecture Forum

The History of Art & Architecture Forum typically 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 Coordinator: Bailey Pekar


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 Liaison

In order to keep the lines of communication open, a representative for the Graduate Student Association meets regularly with the Department Chair and the Director of Graduate Studies to discuss all aspects of student life.
Contact: Student / Faculty Liason: Isabella Dobson

Social Events

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