Art History Faculty

Meet Our

Art History Faculty

Central to our 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 particular strength in the Mediterranean region with specialists in Bronze Age Aegean; Ancient Roman; 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.

  • 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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  • 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: Suite 211
    • 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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  • Linda Earle
    Professor of Practice in Art History

    Linda Earle

    • Linda Earle has worked in the arts as an educator, administrator, funder, curator and advocate,  She is especially interested in  issues of outreach, equity and inclusion, freedom of expression, and development of new platforms for cultural practice, participation, and discourse.  Most recently she served as Executive Director the Great Lakes Colleges Association’s New York Arts Program, and academic and professional development semester for undergraduates and published an essay on the program’s pedagogy in Putting the Local in Global Education: Models for Transformativ

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  • Jane DeRose Evans
    Chair Professor, Roman Art and Archaeology

    Jane DeRose Evans, Ph.D.

  • Marcia Hall
    Laura H. Carnell Professor of Renaissance Art

    Marcia Hall, Ph.D.

    • Contact: marciahall713@gmail.com
    • Phone Number: 215.777.9736
    • Room Number: Suite 211
    • 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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  • Emily Neumeier
    Assistant Professor, Islamic Art

    Emily Neumeier

    • Emily Neumeier (MA, Ph.D. History of Art, University of Pennsylvania) specializes in the art and architecture of the Islamic world, with a particular focus on the Eastern Mediterranean. Her current research combines issues of architectural patronage, center-periphery relations, and theories of geography and landscape to understand the shifting power dynamics of the Ottoman Empire during the so-called Age of Revolutions—all through an extended case study of the life and times of Tepdelenli Ali Pasha, the notorious provincial governor from Greece and Albania.

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  • Erin Pauwels
    Assistant Professor, 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. 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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  • 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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