Department Highlights

Faculty News

Professor Peter Probst's brilliant, beautiful, and groundbreaking new book What Is African Art?: A Short Historypublished by University of Chicago Press is listed in the Tate's December Book Bag as a must read. Professor Probst explains his reasons for writing his new book about African art, saying: “In response to the public discussions of blackness and the manifold legacies of slavery, museums and universities have started to restitute African artifacts and decolonise their curricula. Given the dynamic character of these developments, it is astonishing that a full monographic historiography of African art studies is still missing.” This detailed study spans more than a century of African art, charting how museums, curators and scholars began documenting aspects of the genre in the late 19th century through to “the quest for a decolonial future”. Chapters cover topics such as “challenging representation: postcolonial critique and curation” and “tradition and tribality in the Cold War era."

Current Student News

Jennifer Gee, MA in Art History and Museum Studies, 2023 is co-Curator with Michaela Antunes Blanc, MA in Museum Education, 2022, for this new exhibit "SMFA at Tufts: Archive and Autobiography," that features current and former BFA and MFA students Alonso Nichols, Zuofu Wang, Julie Francois, Rei Xiao and Andrew Cain and is now on view at MFA Boston from November 19, 2022–April 16, 2023. Part of an ongoing collaboration between the MFA and SMFA at Tufts, this exhibition brings together work that explores the concept of archives, which shape our relationships to memory, history, geography, storytelling, feeling and ourselves.

María F. Mancera Pérez, MA in Art History and Museum Studies, 2023 will present her work at conference hosted by Columbia University Encuentro de Historia del arte

Alumni News


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

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

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

Yue,Xiu, MA in an Art History with Museum Studies, 2020, has been working as an education consultant in Shanghai for the last two years and will begin a PhD program in archaeology Beijing University, fall 2022

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, entitled Unseeing Sight: Blindness in American Art and Culture, was awarded the University of Delaware’s Prize for Best Dissertation in the Humanities. 

Christine Garnier, MA in Art History 2015, successfully defended her PhD from Harvard and she is now a Postdoctoral Fellow in Art History at the University of Southern California Society of Fellows in the Humanities.

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.

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.”

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

Erin Dimson Doyle, BA in Art History 2016, is the Program Associate at the Boston Center for the Arts, Boston, MA.

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!

Mae-ling Lokko, BA in Architectural Studies 2010, is a Research Scientist at Yale and recently participated at The University of Texas at Austin School of Architecture's PLANT POTENTIAL, an online conference and a collective exploration of our relationship with plant life. 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