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Predoctoral Dissertation Fellows, 1965 – 2017

2014 – 2015

Kate Cowcher [Stanford University]

Andrew W. Mellon Fellow, 2013 – 2015
Between Revolutionary Motherland and Death: Art and Visual Culture in Socialist Ethiopia


Nikolas Drosos [The Graduate Center, City University of New York]
Twenty-Four-Month Chester Dale Fellow, 2013 – 2015
Synthesis of Art and Architecture in Eastern Europe, 1954 – 1958


Hannah J. Friedman [The Johns Hopkins University]
Paul Mellon Fellow, 2012 – 2015
Taste and Prudence in the Art of Jusepe de Ribera


Adam Jasienski [Harvard University]

Samuel H. Kress Fellow, 2013 – 2015
In the Guise of Holiness: Portraiture, Dynastic Politics, and Sanctity under the Spanish Habsburgs


Miri Kim [Princeton University]
Wyeth Fellow, 2013 – 2015
"Right Matter in the Right Place": The Paintings of Albert Pinkham Ryder


David Pullins [Harvard University]
David E. Finley Fellow, 2012 – 2015
Cut and Paste: The Mobile Image from Watteau to Robert

Rachel Saunders [Harvard University]
Ittleson Fellow, 2013 – 2015
The Illustrated Life of Xuanzang: Poetry, Painting, and Pilgrimage in Medieval Japan

Zachary Stewart [Columbia University]
not in residence
Robert H. and Clarice Smith Fellow, 2014 – 2015
The Integrated Interior: Parish Church Architecture in Eastern England, c. 1330 – c. 1550

Nicole Paxton Sullo [Yale University]
not in residence
Twelve-Month Chester Dale Fellow, 2014 – 2015
The Art of Memory in Byzantium during the Later Middles Ages



2013 – 2014


Nicola Cronin Barham [University of Chicago]not in residence
Twelve-Month Chester Dale Fellow, 2013 – 2014
Ornament and Artistic Theory in Ancient Rome: An Alternative Classical Paradigm for the Visual Arts

Emmelyn Butterfield-Rosen [Princeton University]

David E. Finley Fellow, 2011 – 2014
The Disposition of Figures in Modern Art, 1886 ‒ 1912

Subhashini Kaligotla [Columbia University]
Ittleson Fellow, 2012 – 2014
Shiva’s Waterfront Temples: Reimagining the Sacred Architecture of India’s Deccan Region

Kristopher W. Kersey [University of California, Berkeley]
Andrew W. Mellon Fellow, 2012 – 2014
Emperor GoShirakawa and the Image of Classical Japan

Joshua O’Driscoll [Harvard University]
Paul Mellon Fellow, 2011 – 2014
Image and Inscription in the Painterly Manuscripts from Ottonian Cologne

Jessica Stevenson Stewart [University of California, Berkeley]not in residence
Robert H. and Clarice Smith Fellow, 2013 – 2014
Rules of Engagement: Art, Commerce, and Diplomacy in Golden Age Antwerp, 1500 – 1576

James M. Thomas [Stanford University]

Twenty-Four-Month Chester Dale Fellow, 2012 – 2014
The Administration of Space: Habitability and Abstraction during the Apollo Era

Susan M. Wager [Columbia University]
Samuel H. Kress Fellow, 2012 – 2014
Boucher’s Bijoux: Luxury Reproductions in the Age of Enlightenment

Elaine Y. Yau [University of California, Berkeley]
Wyeth Fellow, 2012 – 2014
Sister Gertrude Morgan’s Material Performances and the Sensory Cultures in New Orleans, 1960 ‒ 1983



2012 – 2013


Susanna Berger [University of Cambridge]
Samuel H. Kress Fellow, 2011 – 2013
The Art of Philosophy: Early Modern Illustrated Thesis Prints, Broadsides, and Student Notebooks

Meredith Gamer [Yale University]
Paul Mellon Fellow, 2010 – 2013
Criminal and Martyr: Art and Religion in Britain’s Early Modern Eighteenth Century

Marius Bratsberg Hauknes [Princeton University]
Twenty-Four-Month Chester Dale Fellow, 2011 – 2013
Imago, Figura, Scientia: The Image of the World in Thirteenth-Century Rome

Jessica L. Horton [University of Rochester]
Wyeth Fellow, 2011 – 2013
Places to Stand: Native Art beyond the Nation

Nathaniel B. Jones [Yale University]
David E. Finley Fellow, 2010 – 2013
Nobilibus pinacothecae sunt faciundae: The Inception of the Roman Fictive Picture Gallery

Jennifer Nelson [Yale University]not in residence
Robert H. and Clarice Smith Fellow, 2012 – 2013
Image beyond Likeness: The Chimerism of Early Protestant Visuality, 1517 – 1565

Ann E. Patnaude [University of Chicago]not in residence
Twelve-Month Chester Dale Fellow, 2012 – 2013
Locating Identity: Mixed Inscriptions in Archaic and Classical Greek Pottery and Stone, c. 675 – 336 BCE

Fredo Rivera [Duke University]
Andrew W. Mellon Fellow, 2011 – 2013
Revolutionizing Modernities: Visualizing Utopia in 1960s Havana, Cuba

Yanfei Zhu [The Ohio State University]
Ittleson Fellow, 2011 – 2013
Transtemporal and Cross-Border Alignment: The Rediscovery of Yimin Ink Painting in Modern China, 1900 – 1949


2011 – 2012

Benjamin Anderson [Bryn Mawr College]
David E. Finley Fellow, 2009 – 2012
World Image after World Empire: The Ptolemaic Cosmos in the Early Middle Ages

Dana E. Byrd [Yale University]
Wyeth Fellow, 2010 – 2012
Reconstructions: The Visual and Material Cultures of the Plantation, 1861 – 1877

Jason Di Resta [The Johns Hopkins University]
Samuel H. Kress Fellow, 2010 – 2012
“Crudeliter accentuando eructant”: Rethinking Center and Periphery in the Art of Giovanni Antonio da Pordenone

Razan Francis [Massachusetts Institute of Technology]
Twenty-Four-Month Chester Dale Fellow, 2010 – 2012
Secrets of the Arts: Enlightenment Spain’s Contested Islamic Craft Heritage

Di Yin Lu [Harvard University]
Andrew W. Mellon Fellow, 2010 – 2012
Seizing Civilization: Antiquities in Shanghai’s Custody, 1949 – 1996

Anna Lise Seastrand [Columbia University]
Ittleson Fellow, 2010 – 2012
Praise, Politics, and Language: South Indian Mural Paintings, 1500 – 1800

Jennifer M. S. Stager [University of California, Berkeley]
Paul Mellon Fellow, 2009 – 2012
The Embodiment of Color in Ancient Mediterranean Art

Maggie Taft [University of Chicago]not in residence
Twelve-Month Chester Dale Fellow, 2011 – 2012
Making Danish Modern, 1945 – 1960

Noa Turel [University of California, Santa Barbara]not in residence
Robert H. and Clarice Smith Fellow, 2011 – 2012
Life to Likeness: Painting and Spectacles au vif in the Burgundian State


2010 – 2011

Priyanka Basu [University of Southern California]
Andrew W. Mellon Fellow, 2009 – 2011
Kunstwissenschaft and the “Primitive”: Excursions in the History of Art History, 1880 – 1925

Shira Brisman [Yale University]
Samuel H. Kress Fellow, 2009 – 2011
The Handwritten Letter and the Work of Art in the Age of the Printing Press, 1490 – 1530

Christina Ferando [Columbia University]
David E. Finley Fellow, 2008 – 2011
Staging Canova: Sculpture, Connoisseurship, and Display, 1780 – 1822

Dipti Khera [Columbia University]
Ittleson Fellow, 2009 – 2011
Picturing India’s “Land of Princes” between the Mughal and British Empires: Topographical Imaginings of Udaipur and Its Environs

Beatrice Kitzinger [Harvard University]
Paul Mellon Fellow, 2008 – 2011
Crucifix and Crucifixion in Ninth- and Tenth-Century Breton Gospel Books: The Early Medieval Liturgical Cross and Its Representations

Jason David LaFountain [Harvard University]
Wyeth Fellow, 2009 – 2011
The Puritan Art World

Lisa Lee [Princeton University]
Twenty-Four-Month Chester Dale Fellow, 2009 – 2011
Sculpture’s Condition/Conditions of Publicness: Isa Genzken and Thomas Hirschhorn

Kate Nesin [Princeton University]not in residence
Twelve-Month Chester Dale Fellow, 2010 – 2011
Twombly’s Things: The Sculptures of Cy Twombly

Miya Tokumitsu [University of Pennsylvania]not in residence
Robert H. and Clarice Smith Fellow, 2010 – 2011
“Die Kleine, die Feine, die Reine, die Eine”: The Sculpture of Leonhard Kern (1588 – 1662)