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 preparing her dissertation, tentatively titled "In Perpetuity: Funerary Monuments, Consumerism and Social Reform in Paris (1804–1924)." In the dissertation she discusses the production and market for funerary monuments in nineteenth-century Paris. In doing so, this dissertation reconstructs the picture of the nineteenth-century Parisian cemetery at the intersection of visual studies, material culture and cultural economics. Confronting issues of survival bias in the cemetery through the use of data-driven and digital methodologies, this work revisits funerary monuments in Paris after Napoleon's burial reforms of 1804 by considering the role and reputation of marbriers (stone-cutters), and the low-end market for monuments. Working outwards from discussions regarding the role of large-scale, merit-based commemoration practices in nineteenth-century France, this dissertation examines the mass market for funerary monuments and popular practices of memorialization in the nineteenth century.
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.