- Department of the History of Art and Architecture
2021-2022 Graduate Students
Maria Bastos-Stanek (2nd year)
Maria Bastos-Stanek graduated from the University of Massachusetts Amherst, where she earned a B.A. in the History of Art and Architecture and double majored in Women, Gender, and Sexuality Studies. During her undergraduate career, Maria concentrated on modern and contemporary art and wrote her senior honors thesis on David Wojnarowicz. She has held internships at the National Endowment for the Arts, Pace Gallery, and Voices in Contemporary Art. At Tufts, she intends to study colonial Latin American art with a focus on Brazilian art and culture.
Aubrey Beam (1st year)
Aubrey graduated from Stanford University with a BA in Art History and a minor in Civil Engineering in 2018. Since then, she has worked at a number of art institutions across North America including the Cantor Arts Center, the San Jose Museum of Art, the Djerassi Resident Artists Program, and the Jessica Silverman Gallery. At Tufts, Aubrey is interested in studying the intersection between art and racial justice for the Black community as well as studying inter-ethnic representation of Black figures by non-Black artists of color. Outside of academia, Aubrey has a number of hobbies including playing piano, practicing ballet, and reading.
Francesca Bisi (1st year)
Francesca was born in Ferrara, Italy, but moved to the United States and remained there until college. She earned a BA from the University of Wisconsin-Milwaukee, where she double-majored in art history and Italian studies. She began her studies by participating in the UR@UWM Undergraduate Research Program, working on a community history project title “Picturing Milwaukee Architecture: A Digital Humanities Research Project and Exhibit.” The following year, Francesca studied abroad in Florence and interned with Mus.e, an organization that connects the civic museums of Florence with the public. Throughout this internship, she was able to aid in a diverse array of guided tours at museums like Palazzo Vecchio, Santa Maria Novella, and the Museo 900. Back in Milwaukee, she also interned at the Emile H. Mathis Art Gallery, where she was able to research a 16th century preparatory drawing of Charon by Giuseppe Crespi. After graduating, Francesca earned an MSc in History from the University of Edinburgh, for which she was awarded the Fennell Masters Scholarship. Her thesis was titled “Di modo suo e di suo cervello: Isabella d’Este as an Ambassador for the Este in Mantova”, and examined Isabella d’Este’s role as an ambassador between her birth family in Ferrara and her husband’s in Mantova. More broadly, Francesca is interested in 15th and 16th century art, particularly the representation of family and emotion, LGBTQ+ identities, and noble women’s agency, especially in city-states ruled by condottieri.
Kevin Cervantes (1st year)
Kevin is a queer, non-binary, bilingual, working class, proud child of migrants committed to designing activities that speak to the interests and values of traditionally underrepresented communities across intersections of difference, coordinating culturally relevant public programs that welcome every age group into art spaces, facilitating activities that are accessible to all abilities. They are dedicated to expanding the reach of museums and cultural spaces, so they better serve and reflect the communities they have historically excluded. To achieve their goal, Kevin expands upon models of socially-engaged program development, community outreach, and cultural literacy that they experienced first-hand while working within some of the most prestigious art museums in the country.
Kevin has interned at the Center for the Study of Political Graphics as the Getty Archive & Research Intern, the Los Angeles County Museum of Art as a Mellon Curatorial Fellow, the Geneva Community Projects, Inc as the Seneca 634 Mural Curriculum Coordinator, the Hirshhorn Museum and Sculpture Garden, Smithsonian Institution as the Katzenberger Art History Fellow, the American Studies Department of Hobart and William Smith Colleges as a Research Assistant, the School for Creative Thinkers of the Museum of Architecture as the Education and Media Intern, and most recently at National Gallery of Art as the Visitor Experience and Evaluation Intern. Amidst this pandemic, Kevin has launched Art Chat and Craft; a community-driven program that provides free art-centric programming.
Kevin is making sure that art spaces and knowledge producing structures are welcoming and accessible, actively decenter whiteness, are equitable to all and most importantly; represent the multitudes and pluralities of the American people.
Kevin received their B.A. at Hobart and William Smith Colleges. Their work is fueled by the love they have for their Spanish-speaking family and immigrant community.
Ally Cirelli (1st year)
Ally graduated from Kenyon College in 2019 with a BA in Art History and a minor in Anthropology. During her undergraduate career, she interned as a docent in the college’s art gallery and worked as a research associate in the Art History department’s Visual Resource Center, cataloging and translating Napoleonic documents in the collection. She has also held various internships in D.C. with the Smithsonian Institution and in commercial galleries. After working in the private sector as a financial analyst for two years, Ally is returning to her art historical studies at Tufts in the hopes of pursuing a career in museums. Her primary interests include museology, disability studies, and the history of photography.
Rileigh Clarke (1st year)
Rileigh graduated from the University of California, Berkeley with a B.A. in the History of Art. While in undergraduate, they worked at the Phoebe A. Hearst Museum of Anthropology as a research apprentice to the Head of Registration. They received a fellowship from the Undergraduate Research Apprenticeship Program to continue their work at the Hearst by digitizing old accession files and their corresponding objects. Here, Rileigh discovered their love of museum work, which they will continue to pursue during their time at Tufts and into their career. They hope to one day create exhibitions that explore and facilitate discussions on the diversity and longevity of queerness - both in sexuality and gender - within art history. At Berkeley, Rileigh presented their research on Etruscan mirrors at the “Etruscan Identities: Image and Imagination Workshop,” where they were the only undergraduate to be invited to speak. After graduation, they guest lectured for an Etruscan wall painting class and discussed their research on the use of Egyptian blue in tomb paintings. Inspired by their honors thesis on Sappho’s shift in iconography from venerable mother to voracious lesbian in 19th-century France, Rileigh will push their research further and focus on the intersections of visual culture and gender(queerness) within 19th and 20th-century Europe.
Madison Cook-Comey (2nd year)
Madi began studying Art History while on a gap year program that travelled across Europe to study works in situ. This led her to pursue her undergraduate degree in Art History at Wheaton College, Massachusetts, with research interests surrounding feminist revisions of colonial narratives in contemporary American works. She interned at both the Shelburne Museum and the Peabody Essex Museum, and worked as a Senior Collections Assistant in the Wheaton College Permanent Collection throughout her undergraduate career. In one of the only undergraduate courses of its kind, Madi co-curated the jury-winning curatorial design for It’s Elemental: Fire(2018), which the class then developed, marketed, and installed. Madi got the chance to continue her studies in Johannesburg and Cape Town, where she examined post-Apartheid constructions of race and gender in contemporary South African photography and sculpture. At Tufts, she plans to continue studying anti-colonial discourses by focusing on contemporary artists, works, and visual culture that subvert hegemonic narratives.
Kathleen Criscitiello (1st year)
Elizabeth Elliot (2nd year)
Elizabeth graduated from Brigham Young University with her BA in Art History and Curatorial Studies and a minor in European Studies. During her undergraduate career she interned at the Brigham Young University Museum of Art, the Springville Museum of Art, and Special Collections at the Harold B. Lee Library. Most recently, she interned with the Historic Sites Division of the Church History Library in Salt Lake City, UT. In this role she developed educational programming and interpretive plans at 16 historic sites throughout the United States. Her interests include early modern British portraiture, colonial American portraiture and education and interpretative programming at museums and heritage sites.
Alyssa Fajardo (1st year)
Alyssa graduated from Boston University with a BA in History of Art and Architecture and a minor in Biology. While at BU she concentrated on architectural history and later developed research interests in colonial and contemporary Latin American art history. Alyssa was focused on pre-med for most of her undergraduate career before ultimately deciding to pursue a career in academia. She is dedicated to expanding research in non-Western subjects and diversifying academic perspectives in art history. Her interest in Latin American art history is fueled by her own ancestry and her work as an English language teacher in Chelsea, MA.
Emmi Farrell (1st year)
Emmi (she/her/hers) is a 2021 graduate from UNC Chapel Hill in her home state of North Carolina. At UNC, Emmi double majored in Classics and History, focusing specifically on Classical Archaeology and Ancient History. She also minored in Art History and Folklore. During her time at UNC, she worked as the Student Assistant Curator in the North Carolina Collection in UNC's Wilson Special Collections Library. Through this role, she helped to curate three exhibits, the most recent being, "Organized Womanhood: North Carolina Women and the Ongoing Struggle for Political Inclusion." Emmi also interned at the Duke Homestead State Historic Site in Durham, North Carolina where she helped develop curatorial projects and educational materials for a virtual school year. Emmi's academic interests primarily revolve around sacred ancient art of the Classical and Hellenistic worlds. She is also deeply interested in museology, the history of museum collections, and how the museum field can work towards social justice and inclusivity. At Tufts, Emmi is excited to engage more in these interests and deepen her understanding of ancient art and art history, as well as explore all the amazing museums and historic sites Boston has to offer.
Jennifer Gee (1st year)
Gray Golding (2nd year)
Gray Golding, Yale BA Architecture '18, is joining Tufts History of Art after spending the past couple of years working in architecture and making zines (about architecture) on the side. They are looking forward to shedding light on the intertwined histories of architecture and oppressive/ableist systems through the lens of psychiatric asylum buildings in the 19th and 20th centuries. More generally, they hope their career leads them to a place where they can open and expand dialogues about accessibility within art and architectural history.
Claudia Haines (2nd year)
Claudia earned her BA in Art History from the University of Pittsburgh. During her undergraduate years, she held internships at several Pittsburgh arts organizations, including the Carnegie Museum of Art, and completed an honors thesis titled “Do Touch: Sculpture as a Means for Inclusivity in Art Museums,” which was awarded the John F. Haskins Prize. She also contributed to several exhibitions at the University of Pittsburgh’s Art Gallery, and was awarded the Archival Scholars Research Award and the New York City Scholars in Residence Fellowship to conduct research into the collecting of medieval manuscripts in the United States. Claudia is excited to continue to explore her research interests as part of the Tufts Art History community and plans to pursue a career in museum education after graduating.
Rafael Hernandez Cruz (2nd year)
Originally from Oaxaca, Mexico, Rafael grew up in Florida until he left to attend Middlebury College. At Middlebury, Rafael earned his B.A. in film studies and Italian. For his work in the Italian department, he was awarded the John and Irene Mangione Italian Department Award. His senior thesis titled Gesture and Ethics in Film, which was awarded departmental honors, dealt with the film theory of Italian philosopher Giorgio Agamben and contemporary Italian neo-realist films. Rafael's interest in art history began in his junior year when he took contemporary art history graduate courses at the famous Accademia di Belle Arti in Florence, Italy. At Tufts, Rafael hopes to look at the theoretical development of the film avant-garde. Apart from this, he is also interested in experimental film, video art, and broader issues in contemporary art. Because of his interdisciplinary background, he seeks to research topics in film studies, art history, and philosophy. Outside of academia, Rafael has a deep passion for learning languages. He is fluent in Spanish, Italian, German, and is currently in the midst of strengthening his French.
Emily Kassebaum (1st year)
Emily Kassebaum graduated from Washington State University, where she received a B.A. in History and a double major in Art History. Her undergraduate research activities focused on investigating cross-cultural sense-making out of experiences of exchange, culminating with her senior thesis on the transcultural adoption of floral motifs by the Iroquois and unique adaption of the motif's significance in embellished, beaded bags. After graduation, Emily interned at the Whitney Western Art Museum in Cody, WY and held various positions at the Bellevue Arts Museum in Bellevue, WA. Interested to learn more about the funding side of the nonprofit sector, she pursued an opportunity to work at the Bill & Melinda Gates Foundation before ultimately deciding to return to graduate school in Art History. While at Tufts Emily intends to pursue her interests in American and Native American Art, examining artists and their works within spheres of exchange such as United States expansionism, commercial art markets, institutional collections, and public exhibitions to surface ideas in perception, the interpretation of mutual experience, and the frameworks employed for sense-making.
Jillian Lepek (1st year)
Maria Mancera Perez (1st year)
Olivia Mann (2nd year)
Olivia Mann specializes in the histories of modern and contemporary art and visual culture. She graduated summa cum laude from the University of Delaware in 2019 with an Honors BA in Art History and History, where she also completed minors in European Studies and German. Before joining the Department of the History of Art and Architecture at Tufts University in 2020, Olivia held curatorial, development, and education positions at a number of New York institutions, including The Museum of Modern Art, the Whitney Museum of American Art, the Frick Collection, and the New-York Historical Society. At Tufts, she looks forward to exploring the relationship between notions of modernity and imagery of sex work in 1920s Berlin, Paris, and Shanghai as found in both low- and high-brow cultural artifacts, from matchbooks to portraiture. She is currently writing a book chapter dedicated to tax evasion and money laundering in the art world, and was on the editorial team for Miranda July’s self-titled monograph.
Sara McAleer (2nd year)
Sara is a recent graduate of Loyola University Maryland, where she earned a BA in Art History and double minored in Philosophy and Gender and Sexuality Studies. At Loyola, she enjoyed the interdisciplinary nature of art history and pursued research that allowed her to connect the visual language of artworks to relevant social, political, and cultural modes of thinking. Her paper on Botticelli’s Madonna of the Magnificat, which she later presented at Loyola’s 2019 Undergraduate Research Colloquium, reinterpreted the painting’s overall social significance by associating the work with societal ideals concerning marriage, childbirth, and gender. As a member of the Tufts art history program, she plans to continue examining art through a social/political/cultural lens, particularly in regards to Renaissance art and architecture. She also hopes to explore interests, such as historiography, the role of art in identity formation, and transcultural exchanges in art.
Atineh Movsesian (2nd year)
Atineh earned her BA in Art History from the California State Polytechnic University, Pomona, with minors in English and French. As an Iranian-Armenian, her background and heritage have gravitated her studies towards medieval Armenian art and architecture. Her undergraduate research paper entitled “The Medieval City of Ani: Above and Underground”, which offers initial art historical examination of the Ani caves, earned an outstanding research award at the UCLA’s Undergraduate Colloquium in Armenian Studies. Throughout her undergraduate career, she worked as a Gallery and Collections Management Assistant at the Kellogg and Huntley University Art Galleries. In the summer of 2019, she was accepted to the Getty Marrow Undergraduate Internship program and served as an intern at the Getty Villa’s Exhibitions Department. Atineh has also volunteered at the J. Paul Getty Museum’s Manuscripts Department as a researcher and translator, where she conducted research on the Armenian manuscripts of the Getty’s permanent collection. At Tufts, Atineh hopes to further her studies in medieval Armenian art and architecture history and expand her research concerning the relationship of medieval Armenia with the Byzantine, Sassanian, and the Islamic empires.
Alexandra Murillo (2nd year)
Allie graduated from Oberlin College with a BA in Art History, concentrating in African Diasporic art. During her undergraduate career, Allie worked in voter protections, and has spent the past year doing a variety of work in the Latinx community, including immigration work. Her primary area of interest is contemporary Latin American art, with a particular interest in art that nourishes decolonization. During her time at Tufts, Allie hopes to continue her research on narratives of absence and abundance in art from diasporic or migratory communities.
Kalin O'Connor (1st year)
Kalin earned her BA in Public Affairs with a minor in Nonprofit Management from the Ohio State University. During her undergraduate career, she interned with Make A Wish of Ohio, Kentucky and Indiana. After graduation, Kalin moved home to Chicago and worked for local nonprofits, such as Legal Aid Chicago, After School Matters, and, most recently, the Museum of Contemporary Art (MCA). At the MCA, Kalin conducted donor prospect research. She worked closely with the curation team by attending information and prospecting sessions for each exhibition. She is most interested in studying ancient and contemporary art during her time at Tufts.
Shruti Paladugu (1st year)
Franklin Redner (2nd year)
Frank Redner earned his BA in Art History at Columbia University in 2013. Since then, he has worked in a variety of museum and gallery settings. Most recently he was on staff at the Peabody Essex Museum after completing a long-term position in PEM’s Native American Fellowship program. Working in the curatorial and interpretation departments, he contributed to collection installations and travelling exhibitions, such as PUAM's Nature's Nation: American Art and Environment. At Tufts, he plans on studying media theory and identity in digital environments and contemporary art.