Art History Faculty

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Art History Faculty

  • Professor of Roman Art and Archaeology and Chair of Art History
    Art History

    Jane DeRose Evans, PhD

    • Email: jevans@temple.edu
    • Phone: 215-777-9738
    • Office: Tyler 210P
    • Website: http://sites.temple.edu/janederoseevans/
    • 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.

      She serves as Fellow of the American Numismatic Society, a board member of the American...

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  • Assistant Professor of Modern and Contemporary Latin American Art
    Art History

    Mariola Alvarez, PhD

    • Email: mariola.alvarez@temple.edu
    • Phone: 215-777-9172
    • Office: 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

      Selected Work
      Alvarez, M...

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  • Dean and Professor of Art History
    Art History

    Susan E. Cahan

    • Email: susan.cahan@temple.edu
    • Phone: 215-777-9710
    • Office: 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.
       
      Cahan served as dean for the arts at Yale College from 2009–2017. Prior to this she was the Des Lee Professor in Contemporary Art and an Associate Dean at the University of Missouri-St. Louis. From 1994–2003, she was a faculty member at the Center for Curatorial Studies at Bard...

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  • Professor of Italian and Southern Renaissance and Baroque Art and Architecture
    Art History

    Tracy E. Cooper, PhD

    • Email: tracy.cooper@temple.edu
    • Phone: 215-777-9165
    • Office: 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. 

      She has received fellowships...

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  • Professor of Practice in Fine Arts Management and Associate Graduate Director for the Arts Management MA
    Art History

    Linda Earle

    • Email: linda.earle@temple.edu
    • Phone: 215-777-9177
    • Office: 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.
       
      Before joining Tyler's faculty, Earle served as Executive Director the Great Lakes Colleges Association’s New York Arts Program, an academic and professional development semester for undergraduates. She was Director of the Skowhegan School of Painting and Sculpture from 1999-2009 and a Senior Program Director at the New York State Council on the...

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  • Laura H. Carnell Professor of Renaissance Art
    Art History

    Marcia Hall, PhD

    • Email: marciahall713@gmail.com
    • Phone: 215-777-9736
    • Office: 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. She has studied artists’ techniques using...

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  • Assistant Professor of Islamic Art
    Art History

    Emily Neumeier

    • Email: neumeier@temple.edu
    • Website: https://temple.academia.edu/EmilyNeumeier
    • 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.”
       
      Before coming to Tyler, Neumeier taught at Ohio State University and was a...

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  • Assistant Professor
    Art History

    Rachel Grace Newman, PhD

    • Email: rachel.grace.newman@temple.edu
    • Rachel Grace Newman is an art historian from Toronto, Canada, with family roots in Jamaica. She specializes in art history of the colonial Caribbean and contemporary art practices of the Caribbean and African diasporas. Her interest in colonial history has influenced her curatorial and artistic practice. 

      In the spring of 2016, she curated Blood in the Sugar Bowl at the Cantor Arts Center at Stanford University, which used 18th-century sugar bowls as an entry point to examine the colonial sugar trade. Her art project, In Rapture, is a collaboration...

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  • Assistant Professor of American Art
    Art History

    Erin Pauwels, PhD

    • Email: erin.pauwels@temple.edu
    • Phone: 215-777-9737
    • Office: Tyler 211I
    • Website: https://temple.academia.edu/ErinPauwels
    • Erin Pauwels is an historian of American art with special interest in photography and critical media theory. Her research focuses on art and visual culture in the United States during the 19th and early 20th centuries, with an emphasis on intermedial objects, the transcultural circulation of images and the intersections between elite and popular forms of expression. 
       
      Her current book project, Napoleon Sarony and the Art of Living Pictures, examines the career of American photographer and printmaker Napoleon Sarony, taking this commercial artist’s ambition...

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  • Professor of Modern and Contemporary Art
    Art History

    Gerald Silk, PhD

    • Email: gsilk@temple.edu
    • Phone: 215-777-0783
    • Office: Tyler 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. 

      He publishes and lectures widely and is the author of books and book chapters, catalogues, articles and reviews. His work can be found in the periodicals, Art Journal; Art Criticism...

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  • Assistant Professor of Instruction
    Art History

    James Merle Thomas, PhD

    • Email: jmt@temple.edu
    • Office: Tyler 211
    • James Merle Thomas is an interdisciplinary scholar and curator whose work examines the art, visual culture and technology of the 20th and 21st centuries. His research and teaching engage modern and contemporary art; theories of postcolonialism, postsocialism and globalization; and media studies of late modernity and the Cold War. 
       
      Thomas has worked as a curator and editor in the field of contemporary art for more than a decade, serving as assistant curator for the 2nd Seville Biennial (2006) and the 7th Gwangju Biennale (2008); and executive...

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

    Ashley D. West, PhD

    • Email: ashley.west@temple.edu
    • Phone: 215-777-9745
    • Office: 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. She studies processes of cultural transmission and the dissemination of knowledge in the early modern period, as well as opportunities for artistic exchange through travel and portable objects, pilgrimages, diplomacy, warfare, global trade and exploration and early collecting...

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

    Rob Blackson

    • Email: robert.blackson@temple.edu
    • Phone: 215-777-9139
    • Office: Temple Contemporary
    • Website: www.templecontemporary.info
    • Rob Blackson’s research-based curatorial work is centered in the creation of practical and poetic solutions for systemic challenges within our society. As the founding Director of Temple Contemporary, Blackson has curated numerous works including Symphony for a Broken Orchestra, reForm, Funeral for a Home and Restoring Ideals, in partnership with artists and local and national communities. These works have received critical acclaim in The New York Times, The Atlantic, The Guardian, The BBC, NBC Nightly News, NPR and ...

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  • Associate Professor of Aesthetics and Critical Studies, and Program Head of Painting
    Painting, Art History

    Philip Glahn, PhD

    • Email: phglahn@temple.edu
    • Phone: 215-777-9176
    • Office: 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. 

      His research has been supported by several grants including a Fulbright Fellowship and a Helena Rubinstein...

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  • Assistant Professor and Program Head of Visual Studies
    Visual Studies, Art History

    Leah Modigliani, PhD

    • Email: lmodigliani@temple.edu
    • Office: 230C
    • Website: www.leahmodigliani.net
    • 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. 
       
      Modigliani's artwork has been exhibited internationally at galleries and museums, including...

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  • Adjunct Professor
    Art History

    Martha Lucy

    • Martha Lucy is deputy director for research, interpretation and education at the Barnes Foundation. A specialist in 19th-century European art, she has published many essays on topics ranging from Darwinian themes in the work of Odilon Redon to the motif of the mirror in Impressionist painting. Her current research focuses on images of the toilette in 19th-century visual culture and on the sense of touch in the Renoir’s late paintings.

      PhD, New York University
      MA, Syracuse University
      BA, Williams College

  • Adjunct Professor
    Art History

    Sarina Miller

    • Email: sarina.miller@temple.edu
    • Sarina Miller teaches and develops courses in art and design history that incorporate cross-cultural and interdisciplinary elements. A primary component of her holistic pedagogical method involves visual literacy and thematic teaching. She is the recipient of Temple University’s 2018-2019 Part-Time Faculty Excellence in Teaching and Instruction Award.

      MA, Tyler School of Art and Architecture, Temple University
      BA, Tyler School of Art and Architecture, Temple University

  • Adjunct Professor
    Art History

    Matthew J. Palczynski, PhD

    • Email: rothko76@temple.edu
    • Website: www.arthistorylecturer.com
    • Matthew Palczynski’s research focuses on vanguard art since 1900, with a particular emphasis on the intersections between painting and architecture. One of his primary goals is to use art in unexpected ways, including for teaching best practices in business, medical and other non-traditional genres.

      PhD, Tyler School of Art and Architecture, Temple University
      MA, Syracuse University
      BA, Purchase College, State University of New York

  • Adjunct Professor
    Art History

    Alice M. Rudy Price, PhD

    • Email: alice.price@temple.edu
    • Website: www.alice-price-reframing-art.net
    • Alice Price studies gender and aging as it relates to the work of Scandinavian artists and designers at the turn of the 20th century. She also works on projects related to the reception and signification of image in relationship to text in the illustrated book. Alice's experience as an historian, teacher, trainer and secondary educator influence both a focus on context and identity, as well as her attention to the practice of teaching and student outcomes.

      PhD, Tyler School of Art and Architecture, Temple University
      MA, La Salle University
      MA, American University

  • Professor Emeritus, Prehistoric Aegean Art and Archaeology
    Art History

    Philip P. Betancourt, PhD

    • Email: phil.betancourt@gmail.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.

  • Professor Emerita, Modern and Contemporary Art
    Art History

    Therese Dolan, PhD

    • Email: therese.dolan@temple.edu
    • Therese Dolan has published Manet, Wagner, and the Musical Culture of Their Time; Inventing Reality: The Paintings of John Moore; and Gavarni and the Critics. Her articles have appeared in numerous scholarly journals, including Art Bulletin, Nineteenth Century French Studies, Women's Art Journal, and La Revue de l’Art, among others. In 2002, she received a National Endowment for the Humanities summer fellowship to study with Carolyn Abbate at Princeton University on opera and voice. She served for two terms as chair of the Department of Art History from 1998 to 2004 and served as Interim Dean of Tyler School of Art and Architecture from January 2008 to June 2009.

      PhD, Bryn Mawr College

  • Professor Emerita, Medieval and Italian Renaissance Art
    Art History

    Gerda S. Panofsky, PhD

    • Email: panofsky@ias.edu
    • Gerda Panofsky 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. She has published in Slavics, producing articles and the book, Nikolai Mikhailovich Karamzin in Germany [1789]. She has been the sole editor of her husband Erwin Panofsky's Habilitationsschrift on Michelangelo of 1920, which was believed to be lost and whose manuscript was re-discovered in 2012.

      PhD, Cologne (Köln) University, Germany

  • Professor Emeritus, Italian Renaissance Art
    Art History

    Jack Wasserman, PhD

    • Email: wass@temple.edu
    • Jack Wasserman 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. He has had a number of research awards, including a Fulbright grant to Italy and grants from American Council of Learned Society, Samuel S. Kress Foundation and the American Philosophical Society.  

      PhD, New York University
      MA, New York University