Art History Faculty

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Art History Faculty

  • Jane DeRose Evans
    Professor of Roman Art and Archaeology and Chair of Art History

    Jane DeRose Evans, PhD

    • Website:http://sites.temple.edu/janederoseevans/
    • Contact: jevans@temple.edu
    • Phone Number: 215-777-9738
    • Room Number: Tyler 210P
    • Jane DeRose Evans can be found excavating in and studying coins from areas across the Mediterranean basin conquered by the Romans. Her work has taken her to southern France, Israel, Jordan and most recently Turkey, where she is the coin specialist for the Harvard-Cornell Expeditions to Sardis.

      Evans has been teaching at Tyler for more than twenty years, exploring the art and material culture of the Roman provinces, Rome itself and the ethical issues surrounding cultural heritage.

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  • Assistant Professor of Modern and Contemporary Latin American Art and Undergraduate Advisor

    Mariola Alvarez, PhD

    • Contact: mariola.alvarez@temple.edu
    • Phone Number: 215-777-9172
    • Room Number: Tyler 211H
    • Mariola Alvarez is a historian of Latin American art of the 20th and 21st centuries, with a specialization in the history of abstraction in Brazil. 

      Contributing to a larger interest in interdisciplinarity and the relationship of art to nation-building, her current research project examines Neoconcretism, a Brazilian group composed of artists and poets from the 1950s and 1960s.
       
      PhD, Art History, the University of California, San Diego, 2012
      MA, Art History, the University of Florida, 2005

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  • Dean Cahan
    Dean and Professor of Art History

    Susan E. Cahan

    • Contact: susan.cahan@temple.edu
    • Phone Number: 215-777-9710
    • Room Number: Tyler 210C
    • Susan E. Cahan is an art historian, curator and educator who specializes in contemporary art and the history of museums. Her research focuses on the relationship between social and artistic change and the confluence of factors that shape the way culture is imagined, discussed and advanced.
       

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    Professor of Italian and Southern Renaissance and Baroque Art and Architecture

    Tracy E. Cooper, PhD

    • Contact: tracy.cooper@temple.edu
    • Phone Number: 215.777.9165
    • Room Number: Tyler 211-D
    • Tracy E. Cooper specializes in Venetian and early modern cultural history and theory, with particular interests in architecture and urbanism, space and circulation and patronage and collecting studies. As a member of the board of directors for Save Venice, Inc. she is actively involved in conservation efforts. She is best known for her award-winning book, Palladio’s Venice: Architecture and Society in a Renaissance Republic [Yale University Press], which has had major interdisciplinary impact and been widely reviewed since publishing. 

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  • Linda Earle
    Professor of Practice in Fine Arts Administration

    Linda Earle

    • Contact: linda.earle@temple.edu
    • Phone Number: 215-777-9177
    • Room Number: Tyler 210X
    • Linda Earle has worked in the arts as an educator, administrator, funder and curator and as an advocate for inclusion, freedom of expression and development of new platforms for cultural practice, participation and discourse.
       

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  • Marcia Hall
    Laura H. Carnell Professor of Renaissance Art

    Marcia Hall, PhD

    • Contact: marciahall713@gmail.com
    • Phone Number: 215-777-9736
    • Room Number: Tyler 213
    • Marcia Hall is the Laura H. Carnell Professor of Renaissance Art. She is a teacher and scholar of Italian Renaissance painting who has written widely on painting in the sixteenth century, Raphael, Michelangelo and those who followed them. She began her career studying the Counter-Reformation at a time when it was a neglected subject and continues to contribute with books authored and edited as well as professional lectures and graduate seminars. Her other particular interest is technical art history, especially the way painters used color.

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  • Emily Neumeier
    Assistant Professor of Islamic Art

    Emily Neumeier

    • Website:https://temple.academia.edu/EmilyNeumeier
    • Contact: neumeier@temple.edu
    • Emily Neumeier is a historian of the art and architecture of the Islamic world at the forefront of new media and technologies, like podcasting and digital visualization. She is a specialist of the Eastern Mediterranean and her current research combines issues of architectural patronage, center-periphery relations and theories of geography and landscape to investigate the shifting power dynamics of the Ottoman Empire at the turn of the eighteenth century, the so-called “Age of Revolutions.”
       

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  • Erin Pauwels
    Assistant Professor of American Art

    Erin Pauwels, PhD

    • Contact: erin.pauwels@temple.edu
    • Room Number: Tyler 211
    • Erin Pauwels specializes in American art of the nineteenth and twentieth centuries, and also teaches courses on the history and critical theory of photography. Her current work explores the intersections of art, consumer culture and public identity in the late nineteenth-century United States using the career of Napoleon Sarony, an eccentric Gilded Age portrait photographer, as an extended case study. 

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  • Gerald Silk portrait
    Professor of Modern and Contemporary Art

    Gerald Silk, PhD

    • Contact: gsilk@temple.edu
    • Phone Number: 215-777-0783
    • Room Number: Tyer 211
    • Gerald Silk is a modern and contemporary art historian with interests in Italian modernism, technological iconography, art and controversy and the intersection of style, politics and meaning in the visual arts. His current projects cover ethics and human and non-human animals in art and the relationship between the sexual revolution and Philadelphia bicentennial public commissions in 1976. 

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  • James Merle Thomas and Christian Nyampeta
    Assistant Professor of Instruction

    James Merle Thomas, PhD

    • Contact: jmt@temple.edu
    • Room Number: 211
    • James Merle Thomas (Ph.D., History of Art, Stanford University) is an interdisciplinary scholar and curator whose work examines aesthetics, politics, technology, and media. His current research and teaching involve the study of relations between modern and contemporary art, postcolonialism, and theories of globalization; media theories of late modernity and the Cold War; and philosophical aesthetics.

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  • portrait of Ashley West
    Associate Professor of Northern Renaissance and Baroque Art, 1400-1700 and Associate Graduate Director in Art History

    Ashley D. West, PhD

    • Contact: ashley.west@temple.edu
    • Phone Number: 215.777.9745
    • Room Number: Tyler 211J
    • Ashley West is an art historian of the early modern period, with a particular expertise in the history, practice and theory of printmaking and with interests in imagery produced around different kinds of cross-cultural encounters between Europe and the Ottoman Empire, the “New World,” Africa and the East Indies.

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  • Director of Exhibitions and Public Programs Temple Contemporary, Tyler School of Art

    Robert Blackson

    • Contact: robert.blackson@temple.edu
    • Robert Blackson has been the Director of Tyler School of Art’s Department of Exhibitions and Public Programs since 2011.  In 2012, Blackson became an Andy Warhol Curatorial Fellow.  He is a graduate of Rhode Island School of Design and The Center for Curatorial Studies at Bard College. He teaches a class on curatorial methodology.

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    Associate Professor of Aesthetics and Critical Studies

    Philip Glahn, Ph.D.

    • Contact: phglahn@temple.edu
    • Phone Number: 215.777.9176
    • Room Number: Tyler 300B
    • Philip Glahn’s research and teaching focus on the histories, theories and practices of art as technology, labor and activism. His writings on the legacies of avant-garde strategies, the politics of drawing, digital media and new social formations, radio and the public sphere, as well as other topics have appeared in publications including Art Journal, Afterimage, The Brooklyn Rail, Parallax, Panorama and PUBLIC, as well as several anthologies. 

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  • Dr. Leah Modigliani
    Assistant Professor and Program Head of Visual Studies

    Dr. Leah Modigliani

    • Website:www.leahmodigliani.net
    • Contact: lmodigliani@temple.edu
    • Room Number: 230C
    • Leah Modigliani is an artist and scholar whose research employs the methods and languages of a variety of disciplines including fine arts, art history, critical theory, cultural studies, geography and anthropology. Her academic interests include the history of the avant-garde and its relationship to political critique, the history of photography, the history of conceptual art, social dissent since 1968 and feminist politics of visual representation and discourse. 
       

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  • Martha Lucy
    Adjunct Faculty

    Martha Lucy

  • Adjunct Faculty

    Sarina Miller

    • Contact: sarina49@temple.edu
    • Sarina Miller (MA, Art History, Tyler School of Art) teaches a number of classes, including online classes on the history of modern graphic design.  Sarina is the recipient of the 2019 Excellence in Part-Time Teaching Award from Temple University.

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    Adjunct Faculty

    Matthew J. Palczynski, Ph.D.

    • Contact: rothko76@temple.edu
    • Matthew Palczynski received his Ph.D. in Art History at Temple with the dissertation “Rothko and Architecture,” and has taught in the department (as a T.A. and adjunct) since 2004.  His research focuses on vanguard art since 1900, with a particular emphasis on the intersections between painting and architecture.  Dr.

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  • Adjunct Faculty

    Alice M. Rudy Price, Ph.D.

    • Contact: alice.price@temple.edu
    • Alice M. Rudy Price received a Ph.D. from Temple University, Tyler School of Art in 2014, specializing in nineteenth-century European art and culture.  Prior to pursuing her doctorate, Price earned a master’s degree in education from LaSalle University, a master’s degree in history from American University, and taught history in private and public secondary schools for twenty years. Dr. Price teaches modern and contemporary art and architecture at Tyler.

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  • philip betancourt measures a ceramic jug
    Professor Emeritus, Prehistoric Aegean Art and Archaeology

    Philip P. Betancourt, Ph.D.

    • Contact: ppbcourt1@aol.com
    • Philip P. Betancourt is an archaeologist and art historian who specializes in the art and culture of the Minoans. He received a PhD in 1970 from the University of Pennsylvania. He has authored over 20 books and numerous articles on the art of the prehistoric periods of Greece. He is has been honored with many awards including an honorary PhD from the University of Athens and the Archaeological Institute of America’s gold medal for lifetime achievement in archaeology.

       

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  • portrait of Therese Dolan
    Professor Emerita, Modern and Contemporary Art

    Therese Dolan, Ph.D.

    • Contact: therese.dolan@temple.edu
    • Therese Dolan received a PhD in 1979 from Bryn Mawr College. She has authored Manet, Wagner, and the Musical Culture of Their Time, Aldershot: Ashgate, 2013; and edited Perspectives on Manet, Aldershot: Ashgate, 2012. She has also published Inventing Reality. The Paintings of John Moore, New York: Hudson Hills Press, 1996; and Gavarni and the Critics. Ann Arbor, Michigan: U.M.I. Research Press, 1981 (as Therese Dolan Stamm).

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  • Gerda Panofsky
    Professor Emerita, Medieval and Italian Renaissance Art

    Gerda S. Panofsky, Ph.D.

    • Contact: panofsky@ias.edu
    • Gerda Panofsky received her doctoral degree from Cologne (Köln) University in Germany. She taught and published widely and internationally on Gothic as well as 15th – 17th Italian art and architecture.  In particular she wrote a book on the patronage and iconography of Michelangelo’s statue of “Christ” in S. Maria sopra Minerva in Rome. After her retirement from Temple in 1995, she studied Russian language and literature at Princeton University and St. Petersburg University, Russia.

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  • Jack Wasserman at work
    Professor Emeritus, Italian Renaissance Art

    Jack Wasserman, Ph.D.

    • Contact: wass@temple.edu
    • Dr. Wasserman received both post-graduate degrees from the Institute of Fine Arts, New York University: Master of Arts in archeology and Ph.D. in Renaissance and sixteenth-century painting, sculpture, and architecture. He has to his credit numerous articles and reviews, as well as three books entitled, Ottaviano Mascarino, published under the auspices of the Accademia di San Luca, Rome; Leonardo da Vinci in the Abrams Library of Great Painters series; and Michelangelo’s Florence Pietà, Princeton University Press.

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