Current Art History Graduate Students

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Current Art History Graduate Students

Below you can explore current graduate students in the Tyler School of Art and Architecture's Art History Program below.

  • PhD in Art History

    Flavia Barbarini

    • Flavia Barbarini studies the Italian Renaissance. Her research mainly focuses on Italian sixteenth-century drawings and history of collecting. Barbarini completed her undergraduate degree at the University of Bologna and her post-graduate degree at the University of Padua. She has interned for several cultural institutions, including the Fondazione Giorgio Cini in Venice. Before moving to the U.S., she worked in the department of drawings at the Castello Sforzesco in Milan.

  • PhD in Art History

    Molly Bernhard

    • Molly Bernhard is specializing in Italian and Northern Renaissance art. Before coming to Temple University, she received her Masters in Renaissance and Early Modern Studies from the University of Edinburgh and has worked at museums and galleries in New York City and Edinburgh. Her current research involves Renaissance paintings, their material culture and their provenance.

  • PhD in Art History

    Marian Berthoud

    • Marian Berthoud is currently researching Baroque architecture and urban planning in southern Italy and Spain. She received her BA in art history and arts management at the University of San Francisco in 2014. She attended and attained her MPhil in Irish art history at Trinity College Dublin in 2017. Berthoud also worked as an inventory and research assistant at the Cantor Museum at Stanford University and lectured at Foothill Community College in Asian art and architecture.

  • PhD in Art History

    Marlise Brown

    • Marlise Brown is specializing in seventeenth- and eighteenth-century art and architecture. She received her MA and BA at The Pennsylvania State University. Her dissertation on the architectural patronage of Markgräfin Wilhelmine von Bayreuth has been supported by research grants from the German-American Fulbright Commission and Temple University. She has worked at The Barnes Foundation, Philadelphia Museum of Art and Palmer Museum of Art, and participated in the Center for Curatorial Leadership/Mellon Foundation Seminar in Curatorial Practice.

  • PhD in Art History

    Maeve Coudrelle

    • Maeve Coudrelle is specializing in contemporary printmaking and exhibition history in the Americas, with a focus on South America in the sixties. She has received grants from the Getty Foundation, Smithsonian Latino Center and Southeastern College Art Conference. Coudrelle holds a BA with Highest Honors in art history and political science from UC Santa Barbara. She has curated for the Blockson Collection and UCSB Art, Design & Architecture Museum and provided research assistance at several Smithsonian museums.

  • PhD in Art History

    Elizabeth Duntemann

    • Elizabeth Duntemann specializes in early modern art and architecture of Southern Europe, with particular focus on infirmity and healing. She earned a BA in Art History (2012) from Old Dominion University. Elizabeth has taught undergraduate courses, worked in museums and library special collections. She has received fellowships from The Gladys Krieble Delmas Foundation Venetian Research Program (2019-2020), the Centro per la Storia dell’Arte e dell’Architettura delle Città Portuali (2018-2019) at Museo di Capodimonte in Naples, Temple Rome (2019), and departmental awards.

  • PhD in Art History

    Michael J. Ernst

    • Michael J. Ernst is student studying the Islamic Art History. His research focuses on the Islamic visual culture of the former Soviet Union, in particular Azerbaijan. Intersecting with this is an interest in digital images, video games, affect theory, affective computing, semiotics, nationalism and national identity formation.

      MPhil in Middle East & Islamic Studies, 2021
      MSEd in Learning Sciences & Technologies, 2020
      MLA in Middle East & Islamic Studies, 2016
      AB in History, 2013

  • PhD in Art History

    Vincent Forsell

    • Vincent Forsell is received his MA in art history in 2019. Before coming to Philadelphia, he received his BA in art history from East Stroudsburg University in 2017. His research examines queer methodologies, specifically queer semiotics and its applications to the function of art within the broader spectrum of HIV and AIDS activism.

  • MA in Art History

    Preston Gould

    • Preston Gould's interests focus on Italian Renaissance art. The pursuit of higher education comes after graduating from Roanoke College in 2019 with a BA in history and a minor in political science. During his undergraduate study he also spent a semester studying art and political history in Florence, Italy through the ISI Florence School.

  • MA in Art History

    Jordan Gryscavage

    • Jordan is a returning alumni to Temple University, receiving her B.A. in Art History in 2018. Her work experience includes Arader Gallery, Rich Timmons Fine Art Gallery, Conwell Egan Highschool, and Mount Saint Joseph’s Academy. Currently, she works as an art educator at Lansdale Catholic Highschool. Jordan’s goal is to work in museum education and community outreach in the future.

  • MA in Art History

    Zixiao Huang

    • Zixiao Huang has previously worked and interned for several major museums in Philadelphia and Chengdu, China, including the Philadelphia Museum of Art, the Barnes Foundation and the Chengdu Museum. Huang is currently working on his graduate thesis on the Jesuits’ contribution in art during their mission in China. His areas of study also include Italian Renaissance art. In 2020, he was part of the curatorial team at the exhibition Floating Lights and Shadows: 500 Years of European Paintings co-organized by the Chengdu Museum and the Indianapolis Museum of Art.

  • PhD in Art History

    Kedra Kearis

    • Kedra Kearis holds an MA in Literature and is studying art and visual culture of the late nineteenth and early twentieth centuries. Her research emphasizes the artistic exchange between France and America, the New Woman, and the transnational portrait of the Gilded Age. Her dissertation has been supported by the New-York Historical Society, the Association of Historians of American Art and the Victorian Society in America. She is an instructor in adult education at the Barnes Foundation.

  • PhD in Art History

    Joseph Kopta

    • Joseph Kopta is a specialist in the art and architecture of the medieval Mediterranean, with intellectual interests informed by materiality, cross-cultural interaction, and networks between Venice, Byzantium, and caliphal courts. He is completing a dissertation titled “Chromatic Networks: Materiality and Materialism of Middle Byzantine Gospel Lectionaries (ca. 850 - 1204 CE).” He is a faculty member of Pratt in Venice, and is currently a Samuel H. Kress Institutional Fellow at the Zentralinstitut für Kunstgeschichte in Munich, Germany.

  • PhD in Art History

    Michael A. Lally

    • Michael A. Lally is studying architecture, furniture, portable objects and the built environment of the Eastern Mediterranean and the Red Sea. His current research focuses on phenomenology and the interaction of the viewer, architecture and material culture in early modern Yemen and the Horn of Africa. He received a BA in both art history and theoretical physics from Middlebury College and received the Swenson Family Fellowship in Eastern Christian Manuscript Studies from the Hill Museum and Manuscript Library.

  • PhD in Art History

    Ari Lipkis

    • Ari Lipkis is focusing on cinquecento Italian architecture. Ari received his MA in 2016 from the Courtauld Institute of Art; his thesis focused on Perino del Vaga’s work at Villa del Principe in Genoa. From 2012 to 2015 he was the co-director of TEMP, an art space in New York dedicated to promoting emerging artists. In 2018, Ari curated Unbearable Infinite at AALA; the show paired the work of video artist Gregory Bennett with prints from Giovanni Battista Piranesi’s Carceri series.

  • MA in Art History

    Annemarie Maag-Tanchak

    • Annemarie Maag-Tanchak's areas of study include the history of graphic design, German and American art and design of the Cold War, environmentalism, and the effects and future of digital technology. She holds a BA in Art History from Binghamton University, SUNY (2019) with minors in Graphic Design and German.

  • PhD in Art History

    Li Machado

    • Li Machado is specializing in Modern and Contemporary Latin American and Latinx Art. Their current research focuses on political art and transnational identity formation in the U.S.-Mexican borderlands, especially in queer Chicanx communities. Li previously earned a BA in Art History from University of La Verne, studying Brazilian modernist painting, and an MA in the same field from University of Oregon, where their thesis addressed the visual culture of the 1978 World Cup in Argentina.

  • MA in Art History

    Sam Malandra-Myers

    • Sam Malandra-Myers is focusing on “post” coloniality in southern Africa, specifically working around the notions of knowledge production. Before beginning their graduate career, Malandra-Myers earned their BFA in photography at the University of the Arts in 2018. Their background is diverse in both academic and artistic endeavors, including working at Peters Valley School of Craft as a studio assistant and lecturing for student-run organizations at the University of Cape Town.

  • PhD in Art History

    Nicole Emser Marcel

    • Nicole Emser Marcel is studying modern and contemporary art with a focus on the Caribbean. Her research interests include iconoclasm, geography, feminist theory and religion. She holds a MA in Art History from American University and a BA in History from Xavier University. She previously taught at IUPUI in Indianapolis and worked at the National Women’s History Museum in Washington, DC.

      Photo Credit: Neysa Wellington

  • PhD in Art History

    María de Lourdes Mariño

    • María de Lourdes Mariño is an art historian specializing in modern and contemporary Caribbean and Latinx Art, with a particular interest in memory and identity building through art and politics. Mariño holds a MA in nonprofit management focus on art and culture institutions. Before attending Tyler, she was a professor at the University of the Arts (ISA) and an independent art curator in Havana, Cuba.

  • MA in Art History

    Lucy Mason

    • Lucy Mason joined the Tyler Art History Program with a focus in Fine Arts Management after spending six years at the Philadelphia Museum of Art, where she worked primarily in Development with a focus on major giving and donor engagement. She has an undergraduate degree in English from the University of Richmond, and cares deeply about engaging individuals and communities with arts, culture and one another.

  • PhD in Art History

    Lauren M. McCardel

    • Lauren M. McCardel is focusing on 19th-century art, design, and material culture. Her research interests concern the social functions of art and architecture, exploring themes related to gender, labor, authorship and trauma. She holds an MFA in Architectural History from Savannah College of Art and Design and a BA in Art History from Messiah University.

  • PhD in Art History

    Megan Reddicks Pignataro

    • Megan Reddicks Pignataro is specializing in Florentine painting and sculpture, workshop practices and optics in the Quattrocento. Her research is particularly focused on the artistic techniques used to create non-linear perspective. She received her BA (Honors) in Art History, Medieval and Renaissance Studies from the University of Toronto (2010) and her MA in art history from the University of Toronto (2011). Pignataro has worked in multiple museum capacities ranging from curatorial, collections management, exhibitions and public programming.

  • PhD in Art History

    Joanna Platt

    • Joanna Platt is specializing in modern and contemporary Art History. Joanna’s background is in bronze casting and fabrication. She balances an active studio practice with research into the representation of labor and the economics of art and production, especially as it relates to issues of class and social status. Joanna earned a BFA from Mason Gross School of Art at Rutgers University and an MFA from the University of the Arts in Philadelphia.

  • MA in Art History

    Sara Potts

    • Sara Potts is focusing on 20th-century Mexican printmaking and institutional critique. She received her BA in Art History from the University of Utah in 2018. Her work experience includes Visitor Experience Manager at the Leonardo Museum and a curatorial intern at the Utah Museum of Fine Arts. Currently, she works as an educator at the Museum of the American Revolution. Although she has spent the last five years in Utah, Potts is a Pennsylvania native, growing up in Harrisburg.

  • PhD in Art History

    Ali Printz

    • Ali Printz is studying Modern and Contemporary Appalachian Art and is a practicing artist, whose dissertation discusses Appalachia’s role in the field of ecocriticism, the intersection between folk and fine art, and defining Appalachian regionalism within American Art. She received a BFA in Painting and a BA in Art History from WVU and an MA in Contemporary Art from Sotheby’s Institute of Art and is currently a William H. Truettner Fellow at the Smithsonian Museum of American Art.

  • PhD in Art History

    Noah Randolph

    • Noah Randolph is specializing in modern and contemporary art and visual culture, with current research focused on the intersections of monuments and public art with issues of memory, race and politics. He holds a BA in art history from the University of Louisville (2016) and a MA in art history from Temple University (2020).

  • PhD in Art History

    Erin Riley-Lopez

    • Erin Riley-Lopez is a Future Faculty Fellow. Her specialty is in contemporary art with research interests in queer/feminist theories, exhibition histories, institutional critique and performance art. She is transitioning to academia after serving as a curator at the Freedman Gallery, Albright College in Reading, PA as well as associate curator at The Bronx Museum of the Arts, NY. Riley-Lopez received her MA from the Center for Curatorial Studies, Bard College and her BA from Sarah Lawrence College.

  • PhD in Art History

    Tyler Rockey

    • Tyler Rockey is studying the Italian Renaissance. His research pursuits are the labile conceptions of temporality and originality in works “after the antique” and the physical and semiotic instabilities of Classical sculptures and fragments in antiquities collections. Underpinning these are interests in Renaissance philosophy and theories of art. He received his BA in Art History from Penn State University with a minor in Classics and Ancient Mediterranean Studies, followed by a MA from the University of Massachusetts.

  • MA in Art History

    Amanda Schneider

    • Amanda Schneider has a background in studio arts, having earned a Bachelor's degree in Ceramics from the University of Kansas in 2014. Prior to attending Tyler School of Art, they worked in the nonprofit sector of the arts as a teaching artist and as a program facilitator for youth apprenticeship programming. Their interests include grassroots community organizing and localized youth and community arts.

  • PhD in Art History

    Emily Schollenberger

    • Emily Schollenberger's research interests include collective memory, the archive, trauma and colonial photography. She received her BA in Art, with a concentration in Art History from Covenant College, with a minor in French. She has interned at The Phillips Collection in Washington, DC and worked as a Museum Educator at the Creative Discovery Museum in Chattanooga, TN before moving to Philadelphia.

  • PhD in Art History

    William Schwaller

    • William Schwaller is studying Modern and Contemporary art of the Americas. His dissertation is titled “A Transnational Arte de Sistemas: The Centro de Arte y Comunicación in Argentina and Abroad, 1968–1983.” He received fellowships from the Fulbright Commission in Argentina, the Getty Research Institute and the Terra Foundation for American Art. He earned a BA with honors in Art History from Grinnell College. He has worked at the Philadelphia Museum of Art, the Minneapolis Institute of Art and MASSMoCA, among others.

  • PhD in Art History

    Lily F. Scott

    • Lily F. Scott is specializing in American Modernism, with a focus on queer art and artists. Their dissertation, Neither Then nor Now: Queer Temporalities & Interwar Portraits of Expatriate Sapphists, examines the portraiture of/by queer American women artists living in 1920s Paris. They teach undergraduate courses at Tyler and also work as a Senior Lecturer at University of the Arts and an art educator at The Barnes Foundation. Their bachelor’s degree is from Bryn Mawr College.

  • MA in Art History

    Ashley Stahl

    • Ashley Stahl is focusing on Modern and Contemporary art, with a special interest in public art and institutional critique. She received her BFA in Art History from Moore College of Art and Design in 2009. Her work experience includes curatorial projects manager at Whitestone Gallery and leadership annual giving manager at the Philadelphia Museum of Art. She also currently serves on the Development Committee at the Center for Emerging Visual Artists.

  • PhD in Art History

    Jessica Sternbach

    • Jessica Sternbach is currently focusing on the Dutch Early Modern Period. Her research centers around the experiential and intersensorial quality of Dutch paintings and material culture. She has been an instructor at Temple since 2016. She has written for Fugitive Leaves (2017) and Smarthistory (2021). She received her Bachelor’s in Art History from Willamette University (2013) and her Master’s in Art History and Archaeology from the Institute of Fine Arts (NYU, 2016), where her thesis received honors.

  • PhD in Art History

    Brittany Strupp

    • Brittany Strupp is researching the early career of Robert Henri (1865-1929) and his relationship with the French avant-garde in the formation of his artistic identity and philosophy of art. She holds a B.A. from Colgate University and an M.A. from the University of Virginia. She has worked in American art curatorial at the National Gallery of Art, Smithsonian American Art Museum, Philadelphia Museum of Art, and Baltimore Museum of Art.

  • PhD in Art History

    Jesse Sullivan

    • Jesse is focusing on fifteenth-century Italian painting. She received her BFA from the Maryland Institute College of Art in Baltimore, MD and her MA from the Courtauld Institute of Art in London with Dr. Paula Nuttall. During the summer of 2019 she researched a Venetian altarpiece in-situ with Pratt in Venice. She has taught on women artists and patrons in Medieval through Baroque Italy and is currently teaching a class on representations of Dante’s Divine Comedy in art.

  • PhD in Art History

    Megan Voeller

    • Megan Voeller is an educator, curator and writer whose work focuses on intersections of contemporary art and health. Their practice combines the development of creative pedagogy in the health humanities, the facilitation of new projects by contemporary artists and art criticism as public engagement. They work as director of humanities at Thomas Jefferson University in Philadelphia.

      MA, Art History, University of South Florida, 2012
      MA, Media Studies, The New School, 2005
      BA, Studio Art with Honors, Williams College, 2001

  • PhD in Art History

    Özlem Yıldız

    • Özlem Yıldız works on cross-cultural exchanges in Ottoman and Safavid illustrated manuscripts. She has an MA in history of art and architecture of the Islamic Middle East from SOAS University of London, an MA in history and a BA in social and political sciences from Sabancı University in İstanbul. She received the Barakat Trust International Studentship and SOAS Ralph Pinder-Wilson Travel Award for her research on illustrated divans of Baki and Hafez from the 17th Century.

  • PhD in Art History

    Lauren Wilson

    • Lauren Wilson earned her M.A. in the Interdisciplinary Program in the Humanities at Florida State University. Before joining Tyler’s PhD program in Art History, Lauren taught the Humanities at Valencia College. At Tyler, her studies involve the art history and archaeology of the Aegean Bronze Age with a focus on Minoan pottery. Her research concerns cultural materials, agency, craft networks, ceramic petrography, and the digital humanities. She is currently a scientific staff member at Koumasa with the University of Heidelberg.

  • MA in Art History

    Hua (Ellen) Zhang

    • Hua (Ellen) Zhang's focus as an undergraduate student at Temple involved the representations of women in Renaissance era religious paintings, her current internship at the Woodmere Art Museum leads her research to the origin and the future of regional art museums in Philadelphia. She is interested in curatorial methodologies, museum stewardship, arts philanthropy and sustainable development of art museums.