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CASVA's resident community of international scholars consists of the Kress-Beinecke Professor, the Andrew W. Mellon Professor, the Edmond J. Safra Visiting Professor, the A. W. Mellon Lecturer in the Fine Arts, and approximately 18 fellows at any one time, including senior fellows, visiting senior fellows, guest scholars, research associates, a postdoctoral fellow, and predoctoral fellows. In addition, CASVA supports approximately 15 predoctoral fellows who are conducting research both in the United States and abroad.

Members of the Center, 2019–2020


Kress-Beinecke Professor
Jeffrey F. Hamburger

Harvard University



Andrew W. Mellon Professor
Steven Nelson
University of California, Los Angeles 


© 2014 MMA, photograph by Jackie Neale

Edmond J. Safra Visiting Professor
Emily Braun

Hunter College and The Graduate Center, City University of New York


Sixty-Ninth A. W. Mellon Lecturer in the Fine Arts
Yve-Alain Bois
Institute for Advanced Study, Princeton, NJ

Senior Fellows

Carolina Mangone, Princeton University
Samuel H. Kress Senior Fellow
Imperfect Michelangelo: Non finito, Decorum, and the Limits of Marble Sculpture

Therese Martin, Consejo Superior de Investigaciones Científicas, Madrid
Samuel H. Kress Senior Fellow
Art-Making and Code-Switching in Medieval Iberia: Queens, Consorts, and Countesses, c. 950–1150

Elizabeth Otto, University at Buffalo, State University of New York
Ailsa Mellon Bruce Senior Fellow
Bauhaus Artists in Nazi Germany

Steffen Siegel, Folkwang University of the Arts, Essen
Ailsa Mellon Bruce Senior Fellow
From Photographies to Photography: Formation of a Medium, 1800–1850

Edward A. Vazquez, Middlebury College
William C. Seitz Senior Fellow
Phases of Happiness: Alfredo Jaar and Chilean Art and Culture, c. 1980

Ittai Weinryb, Bard Graduate Center
Paul Mellon Senior Fellow
Art and Frontier

Visiting Senior Fellows

Piers Alan Baker-Bates, The Open University
Ailsa Mellon Bruce Visiting Senior Fellow, November 1–December 31, 2019
“In the Spanish Fashion”: Italian Material Culture and Spanish Devotional Practice in the Sixteenth Century

Delinda J. Collier, School of the Art Institute of Chicago
Ailsa Mellon Bruce Visiting Senior Fellow, June 15–August 15, 2020
African Art as Evidence

Simone C. Drake, The Ohio State University
Ailsa Mellon Bruce Visiting Senior Fellow, June 15–August 15, 2020
Visualizing and Hearing Separatist Aesthetics in Contemporary Black Art and Music

Henry John Drewal, University of Wisconsin–Madison
Paul Mellon Visiting Senior Fellow, January 2–February 29, 2020
Sensiotics: Senses in Understandings of the Arts, Culture, and History of the Yoruba People in Africa and the African Diaspora

Péter Farbaky, Budapest History Museum
Ailsa Mellon Bruce Visiting Senior Fellow, September 1–October 31, 2019
The Role of John of Aragon (1456–1485) in the Art Patronage of Matthias Corvinus, King of Hungary

Amy F. Ogata, University of Southern California
Ailsa Mellon Bruce Visiting Senior Fellow, January 2–February 29, 2020
Metal, the Metallic, and the Making of Modern France

Stephanie Porras, Tulane University
Paul Mellon Visiting Senior Fellow, November 1–December 31, 2019
The First Viral Images: Maerten de Vos, Antwerp Print, and the Early Modern Globe

Karl P. Whittington, The Ohio State University
Paul Mellon Visiting Senior Fellow, June 15–August 15, 2020
Trecento Pictoriality: Diagrammatic Painting in the Age of Giotto

Guest Scholar
Jacqueline Francis, California College of the Arts, San Francisco
Paul Mellon Guest Scholar, September 1–November 30, 2019
A Legacy Project: The Evans-Tibbs Collection Catalog of 1989

Ailsa Mellon Bruce National Gallery of Art Sabbatical Curatorial/Conservation Fellows

Molly Donovan
National Gallery of Art
Department of Modern Art
The Gift Economy: Art of the Present

Molli E. Kuenstner
National Gallery of Art Library
Department of Image Collections
The Führerprojekt

Thomas A. O'Callaghan
National Gallery of Art Library
Department of Image Collections
The Führerprojekt

A. W. Mellon Postdoctoral Fellow
Rachel Grace Newman
A. W. Mellon Postdoctoral Fellow, 2018–2020
The Sugar Plantation, The Transatlantic Slave Trade, and Modernity

Research Associates

Ravinder S. Binning
Postdoctoral Research Associate
Kress-Bienecke Professor
The Medieval Art of Fear: 300–1200

Megan Driscoll
Postdoctoral Research Associate
Andrew W. Mellon Professor and Edmond J. Safra Visiting Professor
Art on the Internet and the Digital Public Sphere

Valeria Federici
Postdoctoral Research Associate
History of Early American Landscape Design (HEALD)
Network Culture in Italy in the 1990s and the Making of a Place for Art and Activism

Tiffany A. Racco
Postdoctoral Research Associate
Carlo Cesare Malvasia's Felsina pittrice
Luca Giordano: Speed, Imitation, and the Art of Fame

Matthew J. Westerby
Robert H. Smith Postdoctoral Research Associate
Digital Projects
Sculpture, Manuscripts, and the Immaterial in Benedictine Monasteries across the Eastern Pyrenees, c. 1002–1200

Fulvia Zaninelli
Postdoctoral Research Associate
The Early History of the Accademia di San Luca, c. 1590–1635
1932–1935: The Impact of the Kress Traveling Exhibitions of Old Master Paintings on Local Artists and Communities

Predoctoral Dissertation Fellows

Predoctoral Fellows (in residence)

Rachel E. Boyd [Columbia University]
David E. Finley Fellow, 2017–2020
Experimentation and Specialization: The Glazed Terracotta Sculpture of the Della Robbia Workshop, c. 1430–1550

Alicia Caticha [University of Virginia]
Twenty-Four-Month Chester Dale Fellow, 2018–2020
Étienne-Maurice Falconet and the Matter of Sculpture: Marble, Porcelain, and Sugar in Eighteenth-Century Paris

Samuel Luterbacher [Yale University]
Andrew W. Mellon Fellow, 2018–2020
Layovers: Japanese Export Lacquer's Transit and Reuse across Early Modern Iberian Empires

Julia Oswald [Northwestern University]
Samuel H. Kress Fellow, 2018–2020
The Visual Rhetoric of the Relic Treasury, 1100–1600

James Pilgrim [Johns Hopkins University]
Paul Mellon Fellow, 2017–2020
Jacopo Bassano and the Environment of Painting

Miriam K. Said [University of California, Berkeley]
Ittleson Fellow, 2018–2020
Materializing Apotropaia: The Power of the Sensing Body in Neo-Assyrian Magical Arts, Ninth–Seventh Century BCE

Michelle Smiley [Bryn Mawr College]
Wyeth Fellow, 2018–2020
"An American Sun Shines Brighter": Science, Technology, and the American Invention of Photography

Predoctoral Fellows (not in residence)

Thadeus Dowad [University of California, Berkeley]
Paul Mellon Fellow, 2018–2021
Border Regimes: European Art and Ottoman Modernity, 1789–1839

Susan Eberhard [University of California, Berkeley]
Andrew W. Mellon Fellow, 2019–2021
Chinese Export Silverwares, Foreign Coins, and Incarnations of Value: The Global Economy and Its Materials, 1682–1902

Luke A. Fidler [University of Chicago]
Paul Mellon Fellow, 2019–2022
Henry the Lion and the Art of Politics in Northern Europe, c. 1142–1195

Sara Lent Frier [Yale University]
Robert H. and Clarice Smith Fellow, 2019–2020
Unbearable Witness: The Disfigured Body in the German-Speaking Lands, c. 1500–1650

Abigail Lapin Dardashti [The Graduate Center, City University of New York]
Twelve-Month Chester Dale Fellow, 2019–2020
The Production of Modern Afro-Brazilian Art: African Decolonization, US Black Power, and Transnational Religious Networks, 1966–1988

Ziliang Liu [Harvard University]
Ittleson Fellow, 2019–2021
Art of Changes: Material Imagination in Early China, c. Third to First Century BCE

Rachel Catherine Patt [Emory University]
David E. Finley Fellow, 2019–2022
Meaning, Materiality, and Pothos in Late Antique Gold-Glass Portraits

Andrew Sears [University of California, Berkeley]
David E. Finley Fellow, 2018–2021
The Sacred and the Market: Reliquaries and Urbanism in Medieval Cologne

Kimia Shahi [Princeton University]
Wyeth Fellow, 2019–2021
Margin, Surface, Depth: Picturing the Contours of the Marine in Nineteenth-Century America

Johanna Sluiter [New York University]
Twenty-Four-Month Chester Dale Fellow, 2019–2021
Engineering Habitat: Reconstruction, Decolonization, and the Atelier des Bâtisseurs, 1945–1962

Teresa Soley [Columbia University]
Samuel H. Kress Fellow, 2019–2021
The Politics of Death: A Social History of Renaissance Portuguese Tomb Sculpture

Ailsa Mellon Bruce Predoctoral Fellowships for Historians of American Art to Travel Abroad

Abby R. Eron [University of Maryland]

Katherine Oestreich Fein [Columbia University]

Katie L. Loney [University of Pittsburgh]

Sara C. Morris [University of California, Santa Barbara]


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