Chair

    • Sheila Dillon
    • Professor of Art History and Classical Studies and Department Chair
    • Sheila Dillon received a Ph.D. in Classical Art and Archaeology from the Institute of Fine Arts, New York University. She teaches courses on Greek and Roman art. Her research interests focus on portraiture and public sculpture and on reconstructing the statuary landscape of ancient cities and sanctuaries. Her books include The Female Portrait Statue in the Greek World ...
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Director of Undergraduate Studies

    • Neil F McWilliam
    • Walter H. Annenberg Professor
    • Neil McWilliam received his D.Phil. from the University of Oxford. His publications include Dreams of Happiness. Social Art & the French Left 1830-1850 (with a revised translation in French, 2007) and Monumental Intolerance, Jean Baffier, A Nationalist Sculptor in fin-de-siècle France and A Bibliography of Salon Criticism in ...
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Assistant to Director of Undergraduate Studies

Director of Graduate Studies

    • Sara Galletti
    • Assistant Professor and Director of Graduate Studies
    • Sara Galletti received a joint Ph.D. in the History of Architecture and Urbanism from the Université de Paris IV–Sorbonne and the Università IUAV of Venice. Her main field of research and teaching is the history and theory of sixteenth-and seventeenth-century architecture in France. Her first book, "Le Palais du Luxembourg de Marie de Médicis, ...
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Assistant to Director of Graduate Studies

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    • Robin Crow
    • Staff Assistant and Assistant to the Director of Graduate Studies
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Faculty

Faculty

    • Stanley Abe
    • Associate Professor
    • Stanley Abe has published on Chinese Buddhist art, contemporary Chinese art, Asian American art, Abstract Expressionism, and the construction of art historical knowledge. He is writing a critical study of how Chinese sculpture became a category of Fine Art during the late nineteenth and early twentieth centuries.
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    • Mark Antliff
    • Professor
    • Robert Mark Antliff received his Ph.D. from Yale University and is author of Inventing Bergson: Cultural Politics and the Parisian Avant-Garde (1993) and Avant-Garde Fascism: The Mobilization of Myth, Art and Culture in France, 1909-1939 (2007) as well as co-author of Fascist Visions: Art and Ideology in France and Italy (with ...
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    • Elisabeth Benfey
    • Lecturer, Arts of the Moving Image and Arts of the Moving Image
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    • Caroline A. Bruzelius
    • Anne M. Cogan Professor
    • Caroline Bruzelius is the Anne M. Cogan Professor of Art, Art History, and Visual Studies at Duke University. Her field of research is Gothic architecture, urbanism, and medieval sculpture in France and Italy. The is co-founder of Wired!, a group of faculty that integrate digital technologies (3Dmolding, laser scanning, interactive displays) into ...
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    • Sheila Dillon
    • Professor of Art History and Classical Studies and Department Chair
    • Sheila Dillon received a Ph.D. in Classical Art and Archaeology from the Institute of Fine Arts, New York University. She teaches courses on Greek and Roman art. Her research interests focus on portraiture and public sculpture and on reconstructing the statuary landscape of ancient cities and sanctuaries. Her books include The Female Portrait Statue in the Greek World ...
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    • William (Bill) Fick
    • Visiting Assistant Professor of the Practice of Visual Arts
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    • Maurizio Forte
    • William and Sue Gross Professor of Classical Studies and Professor of Art, Art History & Visual Studies
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    • Esther Gabara
    • E. Blake Byrne Associate Professor of Romance Studies, and Art, Art History & Visual Studies
    • Esther Gabara received her PhD from Stanford University in 2001. Her main area of specialization is the relationship between literature and visual culture in modern and contemporary Latin America. Her research has examined photography in the Americas in terms of its impact on theories of ethics and aesthetics, the formulation of non-mainstream modernisms, and questions of race and gender. Her book, Errant Modernism: The Ethos of Photography in Mexico ...
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    • Sara Galletti
    • Assistant Professor and Director of Graduate Studies
    • Sara Galletti received a joint Ph.D. in the History of Architecture and Urbanism from the Université de Paris IV–Sorbonne and the Università IUAV of Venice. Her main field of research and teaching is the history and theory of sixteenth-and seventeenth-century architecture in France. Her first book, "Le Palais du Luxembourg de Marie de Médicis, ...
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    • Mark Hansen
    • Professor of Literature and Professor and Director of Undergraduate Studies, Literature
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    • Pedro Lasch
    • Associate Research Professor
    • I see my work as a consecutive set of acts and ideas that complement and interrupt the flow of the everyday. It’s a chain of routine-breaking routines. My role as an artist, researcher, educator, activist, cultural organizer, and producer can be understood as a cohesive whole, which develops within specific social situations and exists within and ...
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    • Patricia Leighten
    • Professor
    • Patricia Leighten received her PhD from Rutgers University. She is author of The Liberation of Painting: Modernism and Anarchism in Avant-Guerre Paris (University of Chicago Press 2013) and Re-Ordering the Universe: Picasso and Anarchism, 1897-1914 (Princeton University Press 1989) as well as coauthor of A Cubism Reader: Documents ...
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    • Timothy W Lenoir
    • Professor and primary Kimberly Jenkins Chair for New Technologies and Society
    • In addition to publishing several books and articles on the history of biomedical science from the nineteenth century to the present, he has also been involved in digital archiving and web-based collaborations, including projects with Stanford University, MIT, and the NSF-sponsored Center for Nanotechnology in Society at UC Santa Barbara. His current ...
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    • Neil F McWilliam
    • Walter H. Annenberg Professor
    • Neil McWilliam received his D.Phil. from the University of Oxford. His publications include Dreams of Happiness. Social Art & the French Left 1830-1850 (with a revised translation in French, 2007) and Monumental Intolerance, Jean Baffier, A Nationalist Sculptor in fin-de-siècle France and A Bibliography of Salon Criticism in ...
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    • David Morgan
    • Professor and primary faculty/Department of Religion
    • David Morgan is Professor of Religion with a secondary appointment in the Department of Art, Art History, and Visual Studies at Duke. He received his Ph.D. at the University of Chicago in 1990. He has published several books and dozens of essays on the history of religious visual culture, on art history and critical theory, and on religion and media. ...
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    • William Noland
    • Professor of the Practice of Visual Arts
    • William Noland has pursued independent careers in sculpture, photography and video. He has had numerous solo sculpture exhibitions nationally and internationally, has exhibited and published his photography widely, and in recent years has screened experimental documentary video work at number of international Film Festivals and other venues. He has ...
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    • Mark J Olson
    • Cordelia and William Laverack Family Assistant Professor
    • Mark Olson is Cordelia and William Laverack Family Assistant Professor of Art, Art History & Visual Studies at Duke University. He teaches courses on media (new & old - theory, practice, & history) and medicine & visual culture. As a extension of his past work with the MacArthur Foundation's Digital Media & Learning Initiative, he collaborates ...
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    • Richard J Powell
    • John Spencer Bassett Professor
    • Richard J. Powell received his Ph.D. from Yale University. His research and teaching interests lie in American art, African American art, and theories of race and representation in the African diaspora. He is also interested in the media arts and conceptualizations of the "folk" in world art and culture. His books include Homecoming: The Art ...
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    • Thomas S Rankin
    • Professor of the Practice, Art and Documentary Studies, Director MFAEDA
    • A photographer, filmmaker, and folklorist, Tom Rankin has been documenting and interpreting American culture for nearly twenty years. His books include Sacred Space: Photographs from the Mississippi Delta (1993), which received the Mississippi Institute of Arts and Letters Award for Photography, 'Deaf Maggie Lee Sayre': Photographs ...
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    • Raquel Salvatella de Prada
    • Assistant Professor of the Practice of Visual and Media Arts
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    • Sarah W Schroth
    • Adjunct Associate Professor and Nancy Hanks Senior Curator, Nasher Museum of Art
    • Sarah Schroth received her Ph.D. from The Institute of Fine Arts, New York University. She is a specialist in Spanish art of the seventeenth century and co-organized in 2008 the international loan exhibition "El Greco to Velazquez: Art during the Reign of Philip III" that was shown at the Museum of Fine Arts, Boston and the Nasher Museum of Art. ...
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    • William Seaman
    • Professor Visual Studies
    • Bill Seaman, An internationally known media artist, scholar, and media researcher, has had over thirty major installation works and commissions around the world, a dozen solo exhibitions, and numerous performance collaborations, video screenings, as well as articles/essays/reviews in books and catalogues. His work often explores an expanded media-oriented poetics through various technological means. More recently he has been exploring notions surrounding "Recombinant Informatics" — a multi-perspective approach to ...
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    • Merrill Shatzman
    • Professor of the Practice of Visual Arts
    • Merrill Shatzman received her B.F.A. degree from the Rhode Island School of Design and M.A. and M.F.A. degrees from the University of Wisconsin-Madison. Her work as an abstract printmaker includes images in relief, silkscreen, lithography, bookmaking and digital media. Over the past fifteen years her prints have been exhibited in ninety solo, invitational, group ...
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    • Kristine Stiles
    • France Family Professor of Art, Art History & Visual Studies and Affiliated faculty: German Studies, Women's Studies, and the Program in Literature. Secondary faculty: Theater Studies
    • My research concerns all aspects of global contemporary art and theory, with a focus on artists writings and experimental art, from conceptual and performance art to installation and art and technology. I continue to work on destruction in art and feminism, as well as in the fields of trauma studies and visual and cultural studies. Two areas in which ...
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    • Victoria E Szabo
    • Assistant Research Professor
    • My primary research interest is in digital media authorship and its potential to transform scholarly research and its expression, especially in the humanities. Most recently I have been focusing on how spatial media forms - maps, virtual worlds, games, and data viz - might converge in diverse, multimodal, immersive, shared hypermedia places and spaces. ...
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    • Hans J Van Miegroet
    • Professor
    • Hans J. Van Miegroet was trained at the Higher Institute for Art History and Archaeology of the University of Ghent (Belgium) and received his Ph.D. at the University of California, Santa Barbara. He was trained at the Higher Institute for Art History and Archaeology of the University of Ghent (Belgium) and received his Ph.D. at the University of California. He is engaged ...
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    • Gennifer Weisenfeld
    • Professor
    • Gennifer Weisenfeld received her Ph.D. from Princeton University in Japanese Art History. Her field of research is modern and contemporary Japanese art history, design, and visual culture. Her work explores the impact of Japan's modern sociopolitical transformations on artistic production and practice; the cultural formations of nation and empire building; Japanese modernism; the politics of ...
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    • Annabel J Wharton
    • William B. Hamilton Professor
    • ANNABEL WHARTON, William B. Hamilton Professor of Art History, Duke University, and Vincent Scully Visiting Professor at the Yale School of Architecture in Fall, 2014, received her Ph.D. at the Courtauld Institute, London University. Initially her research focused on Late Ancient and Byzantine art and culture (Art of Empire [Penn State] and ...
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Visiting Faculty

Staff

Art, Art History & Visual Studies Office

Visual Media Center

    • John J Taormina
    • Director, Visual Media Center and Coordinator of Communications & Publications
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IT Support

Visual Studies Initiative

MFA in Experimental & Documentary Arts

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    • Teka Selman
    • Assistant Director, MFA in Experimental and Documentary Arts
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Graduate Students

    • Elizabeth P. Baltes
    • Elizabeth's dissertation, "Dedication and Display of Portrait Statues in Hellenistic Greece: Spatial Practices and Identity Politics," moves beyond the traditional approach to Greek sculpture to recontextualize individual monuments and to visualize entire statue landscapes. Her approach takes into account locational specificity and change over time, two ...
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    • Kency Cornejo
    • Kency Cornejo is a PhD candidate in Art History & Visual Studies at Duke University with a focus on modern and contemporary Latin American Art and Visual Culture. She received her B.A. in Art History from UCLA and her M.A. in Art History from the University of Texas at Austin. Her research interests, broadly, include: the intersection between race, ...
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    • Katherine de Vos Devine
    • Katherine is a lawyer and Ph.D. candidate in Art History. Her historical research uses legal and economic theory to address the impact of copyright legislation and jurisprudence on artistic practice from the 1970s to date. Katherine is currently writing her doctoral thesis on the history of transformative use as a justification for artistic appropriation. The dissertation gives special attention to the 1990s, a period of sweeping legislative and artistic change, enlarged intellectual property protections, and diversified practices of ...
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    • Kathryn Desplanque
    • Kathryn Desplanque is a third year PhD candidate. Her work centres on visual satire - caricatures and cartoons - in late eighteenth-century and early nineteenth-century France. Her research is informed by an interest in book history and print culture, sociability and art-worlds, and the history of art markets.
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    • Erin Hanas
    • This dissertation, "Wolf Vostell's Fluxus Zug, 1969-1981: Mobile Museum, Ideal Academy, Alternative Archive" is a microhistorical study of Fluxus Zug, which traveled from May 1 through September 29, 1981 to sixteen cities in North Rhine-Westphalia, Germany. The close reading sheds light on the broader issue of how various modes of artistic production ...
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    • Katherine L. Jentleson
    • Dissertation abstract: Interest in the work of untrained American artists has surged recently with exhibitions and commentary on outsider art appearing everywhere from the Venice Biennale to the pages of The New Yorker. Yet enthusiasm for this oxymoronically named subcategory of modern and contemporary art is not a new phenomenon. In fact, the American art world’s fascination with ...
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    • Laura Moure Cecchini
    • Laura is a PhD candidate in Art History, working on Art and Visual Culture in the 19th and 20th centuries. Her research focuses on Italian Modernism, and on the intersections between philosophy, art history, and art practice between 1845 and 1945. Thanks to two travel fellowships from Duke University and from the Center of Italian Modern Art, Laura ...
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