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 funerary monuments and popular concerns regarding memorialization.
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.
Fellowships, Supported Research, & Other Grants
James B. Duke International Research Travel Fellowship awarded by The Graduate School, Duke University. (2019 to 2020)
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)