Art History Faculty

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Art History Faculty

Central to our highly-ranked Department is our world-class faculty that have been awarded the University's major teaching awards and professorships and prestigious outside prizes, grants, fellowships, and residencies. The Department is strongest in the Western tradition, with relatively equal distribution of focus on Ancient/Medieval; Renaissance/Baroque; and Modern/Contemporary. There is particular strength in the Mediterranean region with specialists in Bronze Age Aegean; Ancient Roman; Medieval, Byzantine and Coptic; Northern and Southern Renaissance and Baroque; and Modern France and Italy, as well as the Modern and Contemporary Americas. The Department prides itself on its theoretical and methodological diversity. Affiliated faculty from other departments in the University and adjuncts enhance Art History offerings. The Department is proud of its distinguished emeritus faculty.

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    Laura H. Carnell Professor of Prehistoric Aegean Art and Archaeology

    Philip P. Betancourt, Ph.D.

    • Contact: ppbcourt1@aol.com
    • Phone Number: 215.777.9165
    • Room Number: Suite 211 Tyler
    • 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 Tracy Cooper
    Professor, Italian and Southern Renaissance and Baroque Art and Architecture

    Tracy E. Cooper, Ph.D.

    • Contact: tracy.cooper@temple.edu
    • Phone Number: 215.777.9165
    • Room Number: On Leave
    • Dr. Tracy E. Cooper (PhD, Princeton University) specializes in Venetian and early modern cultural history and theory, with particular interests in architecture/ urbanism, space/ circulation and patronage/collecting studies. She is best known for her award-winning book Palladio’s Venice: Architecture and Society in a Renaissance Republic, Yale University Press, 2006, which has had major interdisciplinary impact and been widely reviewed.

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  • portrait of Therese Dolan
    Professor, Modern and Contemporary Art

    Therese Dolan, Ph.D.

    • Contact: therese.dolan@temple.edu
    • Room Number: Suite 211 Tyler
    • Therese Dolan received a Ph.d 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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  • Jane DeRose Evans
    Professor, Roman Art and Archaeology

    Jane DeRose Evans, Ph.D.

  • Marcia Hall
    Laura H. Carnell Professor of Renaissance Art Director of the Graduate Program

    Marcia Hall, Ph.D.

    • Contact: marciahall@verizon.net
    • Phone Number: 215.777.9736
    • Room Number: On Leave
    • Marcia Hall specializes in Italian Renaissance art. She received her Ph.D. in History of Art from Harvard. She has authored Renovation and Counter-Reformation; Color and Meaning; After Raphael; Michelangelo. The Frescoes in the Sistine Chapel; The Sacred Image. She is series editor of Artistic Centers of the Italian Renaissance. She edited and contributed to Rome in that series, and has edited six other volumes, including with Tracy Cooper, The Sensuous in the Counter-Reformation Church (forthcoming).

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  • Jonathan Kline in front of artwork
    Assistant Professor, Italian Renaissance and European Medieval Art; Undergraduate Advisor

    Jonathan Kline, Ph.D.

    • Contact: jdkline@temple.edu
    • Phone Number: 215.777.9742
    • Room Number: Suite 211 Tyler
    • Jonathan Kline specializes in Italian Renaissance and European Medieval Art and also teaches methodology and historiography courses for the department. His particular interests lie in the construction and communication of meaning in visual art, in the differences and continuities between historical periods, and in the Renaissance use of classical subjects as a means of conveying Christian content. He received his MA in Art History from the University of North Carolina at Chapel Hill and his Ph.D. from Temple University. Dr.

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  • Erin Pauwels
    Assistant Professor, American Art

    Erin Pauwels, PhD

    • Contact: erin.pauwels@temple.edu
    • Room Number: Tyler 210z
    • 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. Dr. Pauwels holds a Ph.D. in Art History and American Studies from Indiana University, and a M.A.

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  • Gerald Silk portrait
    Professor, Modern and Contemporary Art;

    Gerald Silk, Ph.D.

    • Contact: gsilk@temple.edu
    • Phone Number: 215-777-9165
    • Room Number: Suite 211 Tyler
    • Dr. Gerald Silk, Professor of Modern and Contemporary Art, holds an AB in History from Brandeis University and Ph.D. in Art History from the University of Virginia. Silk taught at Columbia and the University of Pennsylvania prior to arriving at Temple in 1988. He has published widely on modern and contemporary art and curated internationally. Areas of focus include: censorship; portraiture; Italian modernism; the Sixties; and technological iconography.

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  • portrait of Ashley West
    Associate Professor, Northern Renaissance and Northern Baroque Art; Associate Director of Graduate Studies

    Ashley D. West, Ph.D.

    • Contact: ashley.west@temple.edu
    • Phone Number: 215.777.9745
    • Room Number: Suite 211 Tyler
    • Ashley West teaches courses on Northern Renaissance and Northern Baroque art, with a particular expertise in the history of prints. 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 practices. Dr. West received her Ph.D. from the University of Pennsylvania and her M.A. from the Williams College Graduate Program in the History of Art.

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  • Assistant Professor Modern and Contemporary Latin American Art

    Mariola Alvarez, PhD

    • Contact: mariola.alvarez@temple.edu
    • Mariola Alvarez specializes in Latin American art of the twentieth and twenty-first centuries, and also teaches courses on global art history. Her current research project examines Neoconcretism, a Brazilian group composed of artists and poets from the 1950s and 1960s, contributing to her larger interest in postwar abstraction in Latin America and its link to nation-building and class, as well as its global circulation. Dr. Alvarez received her Ph.D. in Art History from the University of California, San Diego and her MA in Art History from the University of Florida.

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  • Asst Professor Teach/Instruct

    Jennifer Zarro

    • Contact: jzarro@temple.edu
    • Room Number: 230C
    • Jennifer Zarro, PhD, teaches Race, Identity, and Experience in American Art, a Temple Gen Ed race and diversity course.  She holds a MA in art history from Temple University, and a PhD in art history from Rutgers University, New Brunswick.  Her dissertation research focused on prints, maps, and the culture of geography in late 18th century Philadelphia.  A lifelong resident of this city, Jennifer is an avid fan of Philadelphia arts both historic and contemporary.  She has written art criticism for local, online outlets and is currently working on a book about a 19th century Irish immigrant

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