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Art History

Current Graduate Students

Gisela Alvarez

Gisela Alvarez is a first year MA graduate student and graduate assistant. Her research interests focus on the intersecting trajectories of art history, art institutions, and the art market and their role in the development of the canon of modern and contemporary art. Gisela received her undergraduate degree from Stetson University in Art with an Art History emphasis. She received the Stetson Undergraduate Research Experience (SURE) grant which she used to research her senior thesis on Jeff Koons’ Made in Heaven (1989-91) at the Getty Research Institute. She presented her research at the Florida Conference of Historians and her paper was also accepted by the National Conference on Undergraduate Research. Prior to her enrollment at University of Florida, Gisela worked as coordinator for the Homer and Dolly Hand Art Center at Stetson University. Once she completes her MA, Gisela plans to pursue her PhD.

Patrice Boyer

Patrice Boyer has taught as an adjunct in art history for the last seven years at USF on both the  St. Petersburg and Tampa campuses.  She has taught the following courses:  Art and Culture, History of Visual Arts I & II, Greek and Roman Art, Renaissance Art, and Nineteenth Century Art History. She graduated from the University of Florida at Gainesville and received an MA in Art History from Case Western Reserve and the Cleveland Museum of Art. She is currently completing the Ph.D. in Art History, with a focus on 18th Century French portraiture.  In the summer of 2016, she taught in the USF Paris program, and recently has presented her work at the Southeastern American Society for Eighteenth-Century Studies annual conference. 

Elizabeth Cerejido

Elizabeth Cerejido is a PhD candidate in Art History at the University of Florida. Her research interests and academic work reside in the intersection of identity and politics in contemporary Latin American and Latino art, with a specialization in Cuban art and its diaspora. Her dissertation aims to narrate other histories missing from the existing literature on Cuban American visual art production beyond the framework of nation and exile. Cerejido also has an extensive background in curating and holds a Masters degree in Latin American Studies from the University of Miami.  She is the creator of a multi-year project, Dialogues in Cuban Art, which brings together Cuban and Cuban-American artists around a series of exchanges, conferences, and exhibition programs funded by a Knight Arts Challenge Grant from the John S. and James L. Knight Foundation. In August 2018, Cerejido was named the Esperanza Bravo de Varona Chair of the Cuban Heritage Collection at the University of Miami Libraries.

Helena Chuanyang Chen

Helena Chen is a doctoral student studying East Asian art with an emphasis on eighteenth and nineteenth century antiquarianism. Her secondary area is eighteenth century French Art. Helena graduated Summa Cum Laude with a BA in history from Soochow University, Taiwan, and a MA in art history from University of Florida. She is the recipient of several academic awards, including University of Florida Graduate School Fellowship, Gary Libby Award for Outstanding Student in Art History, and the Phi Tau Phi Scholastic Honor. Helena had researched and interned in the Freer/Sackler Gallery, DC, and the Royal Ontario Museum, Toronto.

Linda Clarke

Ph.D., Management and International Business, Florida International University; J.D. (cum laude), specializing in Public and Private International Law, Washington College of Law at American University; MBA, Queens University; BS, Mathematical Sciences with Concentrations in Physics, Mathematics and Computer Science, Appalachian State University; BA, Germanic Languages and Literature, University of North Carolina at Charlotte. 

Dr. Clarke has taught in graduate schools of business, economics, and engineering in Asia, the Caribbean, and the United States, including American University, The University of Florida, Florida International University, Florida Atlantic University, Fudan University, The Ibero American University, The University of Technology, and in the University of North Carolina System. Over the years she has also worked professionally as a manager, consultant, scientist, or engineer in companies such as Michelin Tire Corp., Science Museums of Charlotte, IBM, Duke Energy, Rexham/Bowater, Broadway & Seymour, First Union Corp., and others. 

Her research publications have appeared in The Academy of Management Journal, Journal of International Business Studies, Academy of Management Executive, The International Journal of Human Resources Management, Journal of International Entrepreneurship, and The Journal of Eastern European Studies, among others.

Laura R. Colkitt

Laura R. Colkitt is a doctoral student studying modern and contemporary art with an emphasis on critical theory. Laura received her BA from the University of Pennsylvania and graduated with an MA in art history from University of South Florida. She is a recipient of the Grinter Fellowship. In her research she explores hybridity of cultures in the global age, with a specific focus on the transatlantic connection between Europe, North America and South America. Her MA culminated with an examination of discrete globalization in “From Local to Global: Kama Wangdi Paints Bhutan's Changing Geopolitics” (2015). Recent publications include a book chapter titled “Randomness, Order, and Being” in Sandra Cinto: Acaso e Necessidade (2017) and numerous contributions to exhibition catalogues for the USF Contemporary Art Museum. Before coming to University of Florida, Laura helped curate private art collections. Her advisor is Dr. Kaira M. Cabañas.

Maura Gleeson

Maura Gleeson is a PhD Candidate in Art History. She earned her BA with Honors in Art History from the University of North Florida and her MA in Art History from the University of Florida. Maura's primary area is eighteenth- and nineteenth-century French art with a particular focus on gender identity and representations of 'self'. Her secondary area is Latin American visual and material culture. Maura's research topics of interest include amateur art, female friendship, artist-patron relationships, and political networking. Her dissertation explores these themes through a case study of Hortense de Beauharnais Bonaparte and her extensive web of elite friends and allies during Napoleon's First Empire. Maura's advisor is Dr. Melissa Hyde.

Mark Hodge

Mark Hodge is a PhD student studying under Dr. Ashley Jones. He received his BA in History from Florida State University in 2010 and an MA in the same from the University of West Florida in 2012. He taught at a public high school for two years before entering the art history program at UF. Mark’s research focuses on Roman sarcophagi from the third and fourth centuries and religious change in late antiquity.

Ryan MacLennan

Ryan MacLennan is a PhD student studying under Dr. Elizabeth Ross. He received his BA in both English: Writing and Philosophy from Mount Union College (University of Mount Union) in 2010. He earned his MA in History from New Mexico State University in 2015. Before attending NMSU, Ryan spent time as a music critic. Ryan’s primary research focuses on print culture in the Northern Renaissance and the consumption of food and alcohol. He is also interested in Minimalism and site-specific art of the 1960s and 1970s.

Genia Martinez

Genia Martinez is a PhD candidate completing a dissertation entitled “Arabic Script in Action: Calligraphy in Senegalese Religious Visual Culture.” She earned her BA at Appalachian State University and her MA here at UF, both in African art history. Genia’s doctoral project explores the multiple forms and contexts of written Arabic in Senegal, a mostly Muslim society where many languages – though rarely Arabic – are spoken. The visual and often material manifestations, symbolic, and practical employment of Arabic among non-Arabic speaking people is crucial to the particular signifying power that the language wields as a visual medium in Senegal. Genia has been awarded FLAS fellowships to study Arabic and Wolof, has spent significant time doing field research in Senegal since 2007, and has presented parts of this research as it has developed at professional conferences since 2009.

Jennifer McAninch

Jennifer McAninch received her BA in Art History from Arizona State University and her MA in Art Education from University of Florida, graduating both programs Summa Cum Laude. While studying abroad in Italy, she completed a museum internship at the Basilica of Santa Croce. She also participated in a study of Florentine architecture extending over a period from the Late Medieval through the Baroque. The following year, Jennifer was a member of the archeological crew for the excavation at Piazza Garibaldi in Fiesole, Italy. She is currently in her second year, pursuing a PhD in Art History with a focus on residential art and architecture from the intermediate years of the Roman Empire. Her current research project involves analyzing the design program of a second century maritime villa on the Gulf of Baratti in Populonia, Italy. Jennifer was recently admitted to the Kunsthistorisches Institute in Florence as a visiting scholar and presenter for the upcoming program "The City as Archive." She also served as a 2018 delegate to the national convention of the Archaeological Institute of America. Some of her peripheral areas of interest are Gender Studies in Art, Late Italian Renaissance, Ancient Mesoamerica, as well as Mid Century Modern Art and Architecture.

Carissa Nicholson

Carissa Nicholson is a doctoral candidate at the University of Florida in the department of Art History. She received her Bachelors of Arts from Boise State University and a Masters in Art History from the University at Buffalo SUNY, with a thesis on Minoan art. She has worked as senior staff at the Gournia Excavation project and with Olynthus Survey Project. At present, her concentration is on Classical Greek art and archaeology, with a dissertation on representations of the Greek household on painted vases. During the 2016/17 school year, she was granted Student Associate Membership at the American School of Classical Studies in Athens for her year of research.

Clemens A. Ottenhausen

Clemens A. Ottenhausen is an arts writer and researcher. He started his doctoral degree at the University of Florida in fall 2016 and is the recipient of the Graduate School Fellowship. After qualifying as a master carpenter, he studied philosophy and art history in Trier, Bonn, and Brussels. He graduated from the University of Bonn with a thesis on the exhibition politics of the new Magritte Museum and received his Master degree from the University of Glasgow’s program in “Art History: Art: Politics: Transgression: 20th Century Avant-Gardes” for which he completed a master’s thesis on Peter Downsbrough’s sculptural practice. Clemens has published essays on German postwar architecture (2011) and the work of Cerith Wyn Evans (2013). He has held positions at the Kunstmuseum Stuttgart, the Kunstsammlung NRW, and the Museum Folkwang and also worked for the Bergen Assembly, the Venice Biennial, and documenta. At UF, he continues his research on European and North American art after WWII with a focus on conceptual art and exhibition history. His advisor is Dr. Kaira M. Cabañas.

Rachel Polinsky

Rachel Polinsky is a second-year PhD student in Art History studying ancient Greek art. She received her BA in Art History and Ancient Civilizations from Clark University (2016) and completed her MA in Ancient Greek and Roman Studies at Brandeis University (2018). Rachel's MA thesis examined the iconographic representation and meaning of local vs. foreign goats in Minoan zoomorphic art and the importance of having regionally specific identifications for culturally specific imagery. Now at UF, her primary research focuses on Archaic korai dress/fashion; more broadly, some of Rachel’s research interests include the portrayal of gender and gendered power, ancient dress/fashion and its societal valuation, mythological and mytho-historical narratives in art and architecture, and the role, manipulation, and transformation of iconography.

Macarena Deij Prado

Macarena Deij Prado is a PhD student at the University of Florida in the department of Art History. She received her MA in Art History from the University of Florida (2016) and her BA in the same discipline from the University of Chile (2013). In order to complete her MA thesis, she was awarded a research fellowship from the Center for Latin American Studies at the University of Florida, during which she developed archival research in Cusco, Peru. Before returning to the University of Florida for her PhD, she worked as an art history professor at the Instituto Botticelli para el Arte y la Restauración in Cuernavaca, Morelos, Mexico. Her primary field of study is colonial Latin American Art. She’s especially interested in studying Andean and New Spanish paintings and altarpieces in their relationship to one another and in their original context of display within colonial churches. Before starting her MA at the University of Florida she worked as a curatorial assistant at the Museum of Contemporary Art in Santiago, Chile.

Allison Raper

Allison Raper graduated summa cum laude with a BA in history from Winthrop University. In 2014, she received her Master of Science in art history from the University of Edinburgh. Her master’s thesis, “Blood of the Princess: Violence and Gender in the Belles Heures de Duc de Berry’s Saint Catherine Cycle” examined the historical influences on the Limbourg brothers’ distinctive representation of St. Catherine of Alexandria’s martyrdom. Currently, Allison is pursuing her doctorate, specializing in early Renaissance art. She is also interested in medieval art, gender, theology, and fashion history. Allison has presented her research at the Phi Alpha Theta Carolinas Regional Conference, Illinois Medieval Association Conference, and at the University of Oregon’s Graduate Research Symposium in April 2018. She has worked as a teaching assistant for ARH 2000, ARH 2050, and ARH 2051. Her advisor is Dr. Elizabeth Ross.

Kyra Rietveld

Kyra Rietveld is a Ph.D. candidate studying under Dr. Ashley Jones. Her research focuses on depictions of the goddess Artemis used in cult practices across Asia Minor and the Greek Mainland during the Hellenistic period. She received her B.A. Summa Cum Laude from Oakland University and her M.A. Summa Cum Laude from the University of Florida. She completed her M.A. thesis entitled The Promotion of Perge as a Stable Political Force: Taking Advantage of the Iconization of Artemis Pergaea, in the spring of 2017. Originally from the Netherlands, she was part of the Oakland University Women’s Swim and Dive Team while earning her undergraduate degree. She is the recipient of several academic awards and fellowships, including the Tedder Family Doctoral Fellowship, the Perry Summer Study Abroad Scholarship, the Certificate of Outstanding Achievement from University of Florida, Departmental Honors in Art History at Oakland University, and Werner Holzbock Humanities Scholarship.

Melina Tsalikis

Melina Tsalikis is an MA student who completed her undergraduate degree in Studio Arts at Florida International University in 2016. During her graduate studies she will be focusing on nineteenth-century European art, with special interest in French Impressionism.​


Lauren Walter

Lauren Walter is a third-year PhD student, studying eighteenth- and nineteenth-century French art with an emphasis on gender studies. After receiving her BA from Marymount College in New York, she began her MA in Art History at UF. Her MA culminated with an examination of representations of women in the public sphere in “Manet, Tissot, and Béraud and the Unattended Woman in Nineteenth-Century France” (2015). In her current research Lauren explores female friendship and cultural exchange between France and England. Outside of UF, she has helped with several exhibitions at the Art Institute of Chicago, including Impressionism, Fashion, and Modernity (2012) and Gauguin: Artist and Alchemist (2017). She recently presented her paper “Doctor, I Think They Have a Case of Anglomanie: Friendship and Fashion in the Portraits of Marie Antoinette and the Princesse de Lamballe” at the American Society for Eighteenth-Century Studies. Her advisor is Dr. Melissa Hyde.

Fiona Wirth

Fiona Wirth is a second year M.A. student and graduate assistant in Art History. She received her B.A. in Art History with a Museum Studies concentration from James Madison University, graduating magna cum laude with an Honors College dual diploma. Her graduate studies have focused largely on the Golden Age of Spain and the development of international artistic trade between Europe and the Americas. Fiona has curated many exhibitions in the past, such as “Adoration and Art” at the Lisanby Museum or “The 19th Amendment: A History of Women’s Rights at JMU” at Carrier Library. She is a recent Modern Art curatorial intern at the Harn Museum of Art, and has assisted the Conservation Department of UF in collection condition surveying. Fiona looks forward to future opportunities in honing her research through experience in art institutions.

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