Department Highlights

Announcing the Barkan Museum Studies Internship Fund

Thanks to the generosity of Hope Barkan, a friend of the department and former MA student in Art History & Museum Studies, we are trying a new “start-up” fund to help current students in the AH/MS track secure internships as a part of their degree program. Click the link above for more information about the fund and how to apply.

Summer 2022

Kate Criscitiello, MA in Art History and Museum Studies 2023, is an intern at the Peabody Essex Museum in Salem, MA

Ally Cirelli, MA in Art History and Museum Studies 2023, is an intern at  the Baltimore Museum of Art, Baltimore MD

Faculty News

Assistant Professor Miriam Said's co-authored a catalogue Mesopotamia: Great Cultural Innovations, Selections from the Metropolitan Museum of Art for an exhibition that has traveled to Korea from New York City.

Associate Professor Adriana Zavala will be joining The Center for the Advanced Study of Visual Arts as the Andrew W. Mellon Professor during the 2022-2024 academic years. Read the press release here

Current Student News

Aubrey Beam, MA in Art History and Museum Studies 2023, has a summer internship at the Rhode Island School of Design

María F. Mancera Pérez, MA in Art History and Museum Studies, 2023, will be presenting her paper Reclaiming Indigenous sovereignty and relational knowledge: Coming to Terms with Edgar Calel’s The Echo of an Ancient Form of Knowledge (Ru k’ ox k’ob’el jun ojer etemab’el) at the 12th Annual Rutgers Art History Graduate Student Symposium "Translating Home: News From The Diaspora on April 22, 2022

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

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 Ph.D. 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. 

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