Department Highlights

Department News

Professor Andrew McClellan received this year's Distinguished Scholar Award from the Faculty Research Awards Committee. Congratulations! 

Kudos to our Graduate Students

Naomi Long was just awarded a 2024 GSAS Dean’s Summer Fellowship for her project - “In Boston, I am Important”: The Formation of the M. and M. Karolik Collection of American Art and Identity within Collecting (under Andrew McClellan's supervision)

Ana Gasparyan was awarded a Tisch Library Graduate Student Fellowship in the Humanities and Arts for Summer 2024 for her project - Manuscript and Monument: The Roots of the Etchmiadzin Gospel in Bgheno-Noravank‘ (under Alice Sullivan's supervision)

Alumni News


Emmi Farrell, MA in Art History and Museum Studies, 2023 has accepted a position as a Collection Care Specialist at the Museum of Fine Arts in Boston 

Maria Bastos-Stanek, MA in Art History, 2022 is attending Southern Methodist University's PhD program in art history and continuing her studies in Modern and Contemporary Art and Architecture in Brazil

Gray Golding, MA in Art History, 2022 is attending UC San Diego's PhD program in Communications

Franklin Redner, MA in Art History 2022, has joined the Peabody Essex Museum's Native American Fellowship Program for 2022-23.

Christine Evers, MA in Art History and Museum Studies 2021, is the Curatorial Research Associate for Provenance at the Museum of Fine Arts, Boston

Micayla Bransfield, MA in an Art History, 2020, Research Associate, Modern and Contemporary Art at The Metropolitan Museum of Art

Fiona Dang, MA in Art History 2019, is the Curatorial Department Coordinator at Henry Art Gallery in Seattle, WA.

Whitney Kite, MA in Art History 2018, currently a PhD candidate in Art History at Columbia University, is a co-winner of the International Center of Medieval Art's 2020 student essay award competition for her essay "The Madonna's Magic Carpet: The Construction of Presence in an Armenian Tympanum Relief".

Kristen Nassif, MA in Art History 2016, successfully defended her PhD in May 2022, and is now a Andrew W. Mellon Postdoctoral Curatorial Fellow at The Walters Art Museum in Baltimore, MD

Christine Garnier, MA in Art History 2015, successfully defended her PhD from Harvard and started a Postdoctoral Fellowship in Art History at the University of Southern California Society of Fellows in the Humanities in fall 2022.

Laura Beshears, MA in Art History and Museum Studies 2014, is the Art & Curatorial Manager at Farmboy Fine Arts® in Vancouver, British Columbia, Canada

Sonja Gandert, MA in Art History and Museum Studies 2013, is a PhD student in Art History at The Graduate Center, CUNY. She is a co-founder and Executive Committee member of the U.S. Latinx Art Forum (USLAF), a College Art Association affiliated group that advocates for Latinx art and art history.

Brinker Ferguson, MA in Art History 2012, Interest in museums, digital media, and education stems from a need to understand how digital repositories and interactive media can connect disparate groups and foster connection and creativity on a whole. Currently she is a post-doc fellow through the Neukom Institute for Computational Science at Dartmouth College.

Tamara Golan, MA in Art History 2012, is a Tenure Track Junior Medievalist at the University of Chicago.

Taylor Poulin, MA in Art History 2011, is the Curator of American Art at the Terra Foundation, recently couriered Gallery at the Louvre of 1831-33 by Samuel Morse for a long term loan to the Harvard Art Museums. Along with Horace Ballard, (Associate Curator of American Art at Harvard Art Museums), Miriam Stewart, (Curator of the collection Division of European and American Art to 1900) at Harvard Art Museum, the three supervised the installation.

Alicia LaTores, MA in Art History 2011, is the Friends of Art Curatorial Research Assistant at the Davis Museum at Wellesley College. In fall 2019 she co-curated the exhibition Hidden Histories: Revealing the Life of a Painting at the Davis Museum at Wellesley College.

Tamar Avishai, MA in Art History 2008, launched The Lonely Palette, a podcast that returns art history to the masses, one painting at a time.

John Corso-Esquival, MA in Art History 2003, is an Associate Professor at Davidson College, teaching courses in contemporary, modern, and Latin American art.

Erin McGough, MA in Art History and Museum Studies 2003, on January 3, 2022 begins her new role as the Executive Director of the Fuller Craft Museum in Brockton, MA

Mark Lamster, MA in Art History 1994, has published the biography The Man in The Glass House: Philip Johnson, Architect of the Modern Century (Little, Brown & Company, 2018).


Emilia Cottingnoli, BA in History of Art and Architecture 2022, is going to Stanford University's PhD program in Art History

Ayden Crosby, BA in Architectural Studies 2021, received a Fulbright Scholarship and is doing independent research at Humboldt Universität zu Berlin. He explains, “I focus on the history of scientific forestry and deforestation in 18th-century Prussia and its ties globally, especially in relation to California's forest and wildfire history.”

Cecelia Rosenman, BA in Art History 2020, is a paralegal at Clark Lau LLC in Boston.

Susan Janowsky, BA in Art History 2018, is the Auction Coordinator at Skinner Auctioneers and Appraisers in Boston.

Madeleine Onstwedder, BA in Art History 2018, has begun a position as the UX Research with the Executive Office of Technology Services and Security Digital Service.

Natalie Naor, BA in Art History 2015, is the Conservation Technician, Columbia University, New York, NY.

Scarlett Engle, BA in Art History 2015, is the Graduate Teaching Assistant, University of Colorado Boulder. Research focuses, public archeology and cultural heritage among native Americans.

Talia Lieber, BA in Art History 2013, is a PhD student at UCLA with a focus on historic African art. Has extensive travel experience, including conducting independent research in Kigali, Rwanda. Former Curatorial Assistant for the Arts of Africa, Fulbright research fellow. As the Co-Editor-in-Chief of Ufahamu: A Journal of African Studies, she is pleased to announce the publication of their latest issue (42.1), featuring the artwork of Innocent Nkurunziza on the cover!

Kaeli Deane, BA in Art History 2010, is the Director at Lisson Gallery in Los Angeles, CA

Mae-ling Lokko, BA in Architectural Studies 2010, is an Assistant Professor in the Yale School of Architecture and is an architectural scientist, designer and educator from Ghana and the Philippines who works with agrowaste and renewable biobased materials. More about Mae-ling

Sarah Cowan, BA in Art History 2009, as of September 2021 is the Senior Video Producer in Charge of All Video Production at the Museum of Modern Art. Check out the "At The Museum" MoMA's video channel on YouTube