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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.

For the safety of members and staff, the 2020–2021 academic year will begin in a remote environment. Members will benefit from the Library’s digital resources, database subscriptions, and Interlibrary Loan services, and fellows and professors will continue to present and discuss their research virtually.

Members of the Center, 2020–2021


Kress-Beinecke Professor
Dell Upton

University of California, Los Angeles



© Bonnie Robinson for The Graduate School, 2017

Andrew W. Mellon Professor
Huey Copeland
Northwestern University


Edmond J. Safra Visiting Professor
Penelope Jane Curtis

Calouste Gulbenkian Foundation


Seventieth A. W. Mellon Lecturer in the Fine Arts
Jennifer Roberts
Harvard University

Senior Fellows

Elena M. Calvillo, University of Richmond
Samuel H. Kress Senior Fellow, fall 2020
Rome in Translation: Cultural Brokerage in Sixteenth-Century Italy

Patrick R. Crowley, Stanford University
Samuel H. Kress Senior Fellow, spring 2021
Roman Portraiture: A Media Archaeology

Madhuri Desai, The Pennsylvania State University
Ailsa Mellon Bruce Senior Fellow
Creating the Mughal Temple: Architecture, Innovation, and Archaism (1590‒1700)

André Dombrowski, University of Pennsylvania
Paul Mellon Senior Fellow
Monet's Minutes: Impressionism and the Industrialization of Time

Byron Ellsworth Hamann, The Ohio State University
William C. Seitz Senior Fellow
A History of Mexico through Histories of "The Conquest": The
Lienzos of Tlaxcala Remade, 1552‒2012

Stuart Lingo, University of Washington
Samuel H. Kress Senior Fellow
Bronzino's Bodies and Mannerism's Masks

Oscar E. Vázquez, University of Illinois at Urbana-Champaign
Ailsa Mellon Bruce Senior Fellow
Copying the Body: The Practice and Politics of Life Drawing in Latin American Academies of Art, 1780‒1900

Visiting Senior Fellows

Kathryn Jane Brown, Loughborough University
Paul Mellon Visiting Senior Fellow, January 1–February 28, 2021
Artists' Books of the Harlem Renaissance

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

Melissa L. Hyde, University of Florida
Ailsa Mellon Bruce Visiting Senior Fellow, November 1–December 31, 2020
Marie-Suzanne Giroust Roslin: The Forgotten Académicienne

Samantha A. Noel, Wayne State University
Leonard A. Lauder Visiting Senior Fellow, January 1–February 28, 2021
Diasporic Art in the Age of Black Power

Howard Singerman, Hunter College
Paul Mellon Visiting Senior Fellow, September 1–October 31, 2020
Acts of Art and Cinque: Networks and Geographies of Black Art in Manhattan, 1969‒1975

Rachel Stephens, University of Alabama
Ailsa Mellon Bruce Visiting Senior Fellow, September 1–October 31, 2020
Hidden in Plain Sight: The Concealment of Slavery in Antebellum American Art

Molly Warnock, Johns Hopkins University
Ailsa Mellon Bruce Visiting Senior Fellow, December 1, 2020–January 31, 2021
The Subject of Painting: James Bishop and Tel Quel

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
Melanee C. Harvey, Howard University
Paul Mellon Guest Scholar, 2020–2021
Patterns of Permanence: African Methodist Episcopal Architecture and Visual Culture

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

Mel Harper
National Gallery of Art
Education Department, Interpretive Resources
ACT: The Black Women's Performance Wikipedia Project

A. W. Mellon Postdoctoral Fellow
Ellen Tani
A. W. Mellon Postdoctoral Fellow, 2020–2022
Black Conceptual Practice in Contemporary Art

Research Associates

Miriam K. Said
Postdoctoral Research Associate
Kress-Bienecke Professor and Andrew W. Mellon Professor
Materializing Apotropaia: The Entangled Body in Neo-Assyrian Magical Arts, 9th–7th c. BCE

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

Lauren Taylor
Postdoctoral Research Associate
Afro-Atlantic Histories
The Art of Diplomacy in Dakar: The International Politics of Display at the 1966 Premier Festival Mondial des Arts Nègres

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)

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

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

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

Predoctoral Fellows (not in residence)

Davida Fernández-Barkan [Harvard University]
David E. Finley Fellow, 2020–2023
Mural Diplomacy: Mexico, the United States, and France at the 1937 International Exposition in Paris

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, 2020–2021
Unbearable Witness: The Disfigured Body in the German-Speaking Lands, c. 1500‒1650

Christine Garnier [Harvard University]
Wyeth Fellow, 2020–2022
Amalgamating the West during the American Silver Age (1848‒1893)

Isabella Lores-Chavez [Columbia University]
Samuel H. Kress Fellow, 2020–2022
Plaster Casts in the Life and Art of Seventeenth-Century Dutch Painters

Mohit Manohar [Yale University]
Andrew W. Mellon Fellow, 2020–2022
The City of Gods and Fortune: An Architectural and Urban History of Daulatabad, 1200‒1500

Maria Verónica Muñoz-Nájar Luque [University of California, Berkeley]
Twelve-Month Chester Dale Fellow, 2020–2021
Art, Civility, and Religion in the Amazon Margins

Cleo Nisse [Columbia University]
Paul Mellon Fellow, 2020–2023
Unraveling Canvas: Textile Supports and Venetian Painting from Bellini to Tintoretto

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

Catherine H. Popovici [University of Texas at Austin]  
Ittleson Fellow, 2020–2022
Stones of Statehood: Art, Politics, and Placemaking in a Classic Maya Landscape
Erhan Tamur [Columbia University]
Twenty-Four-Month Chester Dale Fellow, 2020–2022
Site-Worlds: An Account of Material Lives from Tello (Ancient Girsu)

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

Zoë Colón [University of Delaware]

Grace Converse [University of Southern California]

Phillippa Pitts [Boston University]



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