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.
Alexander, Kaylee P. “Père-Lachaise in 1815: A New Method in the Study of Ephemeral Funerary Monuments.” Monumental Troubles: Rethinking What Monuments Mean Today, edited by Erika Doss and Cheryl Snay, Midwest Art History Society and the Snite Museum of Art, 2018, pp. 16–28. Manual, doi:10.7274/r0-30e5-2840. Full Text Open Access Copy
Alexander, Kaylee P. “Lemay, Kate Clarke. Triumph of the Dead: American World War II Cemeteries, Monuments, and Diplomacy in France.” Public Art Dialogue, vol. 9, no. 1, Informa UK Limited, June 2019, pp. 121–22. Manual, doi:10.1080/21502552.2019.1574191. Full Text
Alexander, Kaylee P. “Descent From the Cross: James Ensor's Portrait of the Symbolist Artist.” Shift: Graduate Journal of Visual and Material Culture, vol. 10, 2017. 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
Eleonore Jantz Reference Intern Fellowship awarded by David M. Rubenstein Rare Book & Manuscript Library, Duke University Libraries (2020 to 2021)
Summer Research Fellowship for Third-Year Ph.D. Students and Beyond awarded by The Graduate School, Duke University (2020)
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)