Kaylee P. Alexander is a Ph.D. candidate in Art History specializing in nineteenth-century French visual culture. Under the supervision of Professor Neil McWilliam, Kaylee is currently conducting research for her dissertation, tentatively titled "Sépultures (non)remarquables: The Production of Parisian Funerary Monuments, 1804–1924." In the dissertation she will discuss the complex space of the cemetery in nineteenth-century Paris. In examining the production and consumption of funerary monuments in the aggregate, this dissertation reconstructs the picture of the nineteenth-century Parisian cemetery at the intersection of visual studies, material culture and cultural economics. Specifically it defines the low-end market for funerary monuments in Paris after Napoleon's burial reforms of 1804 and through the first phases of Haussmannization in the 1850s and 1860s. Situated among discussions regarding the role of large-scale, merit-based commemoration practices in nineteenth-century France, this dissertation considers the mass market for funereal monuments and a citizen’s willingness to pay for public memorials to ordinary people.
Kaylee received a B.A. in Art History cum laude from New York University in 2013, and an M.A. in the History of Art and Architecture from the Institute of Fine Arts, NYU in 2015.
Alexander, K. "Père-Lachaise in 1815: A New Method in the Study of Ephemeral Funerary Monuments." Monumental Troubles: Rethinking What Monuments Mean Today. Ed. Doss, E and Snay, C. Notre Dame, IN.: Midwest Art History Society and the Snite Museum of Art. 2018. 16-28. (Essay) Full Text Open Access Copy
Marbriers de Paris: The Funerary Marble Industry in Paris, 1857–1907. 16th Annual Graduate Student Symposium in Nineteenth-Century Art. Association of Historians of Nineteenth-Century Art. March 24, 2019
The Space in Which We Live: Place and Time in the Early Christian Catacomb. Graduate Student Symposium "Killing Time: Temporality in Visual Culture". University of California Los Angeles. October 22, 2016
Fellowships, Supported Research, & Other Grants
Summer Research Fellowship for Third-Year Ph.D. Students and Beyond awarded by The Graduate School, Duke University (2019)
PhD Lab Fellowship in Digital Knowledge awarded by John Hope Franklin Humanities Institute, Duke University (2018 to 2019)
Summer Research Fellowship for Third-Year Ph.D. Students and Beyond awarded by The Graduate School, Duke University (2018)
National Humanities Center Summer Teaching Fellowship awarded by Versatile Humanists at Duke University (2018)
International Dissertation Travel Award awarded by The Graduate School, Duke University (2018)