Karlee Bergendorff is a third year Ph.D. student in Art History & Visual Culture. She specializes in contemporary global art networks, international relations, and diplomacy. Her dissertation explores monuments and museums in Namibia, Senegal, and Egypt built by Mansudae Overseas Projects (MOP), a North Korean government-owned artist studio building throughout Africa and the Middle East from the 1970s to present. The dissertation’s three case studies attend to questions of representation and national identity. Her advisor is Professor Kristine Stiles, France Family Professor of Art, Art History & Visual Studies.
Karlee received a B.A. from the Union College, New York in 2015. She was a Thomas J. Watson Fellow from 2015 to 2016. As a Watson fellow, she conducted an independent research project titled “The Dirty Archeology of Alternative History” in Argentina, Cambodia, Germany, India, Namibia, and South Africa.