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Predoctoral Dissertation Fellows, 2016–2020

A list of former Predoctoral Fellows at the Center and their research projects.


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


Ravinder S. Binning [Stanford University]
Paul Mellon Fellow, 2016–2019
The Medieval Art of Fear: Christ Pantokrator after Iconoclasm

Ashley Dimmig [University of Michigan]
Ittleson Fellow, 2017–2019
Making Modernity in Fabric Architecture: Imperial Tents in the Late Ottoman Period

Suzanne T. Duff [Brown University] not in residence
Robert H. and Clarice Smith Fellow, 2018–2019
The Antwerp Saint Luke's Guild: Its Impact on Artistic Production and Identity, 1556–1663

Michele L. Frederick [University of Delaware]
Samuel H. Kress Fellow, 2017–2019
Shaping the Royal Image: Gerrit van Honthorst and the Stuart Courts in London and The Hague

Ximena A. Gómez [University of Michigan]
Twenty-Four-Month Chester Dale Fellow, 2017–2019
Nuestra Señora: Confraternal Art and Identity in Early Colonial Lima

Andrew P. Griebeler [University of California, Berkeley]
David E. Finley Fellow, 2016–2019
The Byzantine Illustrated Herbal and Its Use in the Transmission and Transformation of Botanical Knowledge, from Antiquity to the Modern Era

Annika K. Johnson [University of Pittsburgh]
Wyeth Fellow, 2017–2019
Agency at the Confluence of Euro-American and Eastern Dakota Art, 1835–1900

Lauren Taylor [University of California, Los Angeles]
Andrew W. Mellon Fellow, 2017 – 2019
The Art of Diplomacy in Dakar: The International Politics of Display at the 1966 Premier Festival Mondial des Arts Nègres

Stephanie E. Triplett [University of Michigan] not in residence
Twelve-Month Chester Dale Fellow, 2018–2019
Romanticism, Realism, and the Rise of Narrative Animal Painting in France and Germany, 1790–1880


Caitlin Beach [Columbia University]
Wyeth Fellow, 2016–2018
Sculpture, Slavery, and Commerce in the Nineteenth-Century Atlantic World

Magdalene Breidenthal [Yale University]
Paul Mellon Fellow, 2015–2018
Leaving "Heaven on Earth": The Visual Codes of Middle Byzantine Church Exits

Allison Caplan [Tulane University]
Ittleson Fellow, 2016 – 2018
Their Flickering Creations: Value, Appearance, and Surface in Nahua Precious Art

Grace Chuang [New York University]
Samuel H. Kress Fellow, 2016–2018
The Furniture of Bernard II Vanrisamburgh, Master Cabinetmaker in Eighteenth-Century Paris

Catherine Damman [Columbia University]
Twenty-Four-Month Chester Dale Fellow, 2016–2018
Unreliable Narrators: Laurie Anderson, Julia Heyward, and Jill Kroesen Perform the 1970s

María Lumbreras [Johns Hopkins University]
David E. Finley Fellow, 2015–2018
Likeness and Certainty: The Making of Artistic Knowledge in Golden Age Spain

Suzanne van de Meerendonk [University of California, Santa Barbara] not in residence
Robert H. and Clarice Smith Fellow, 2017–2018
Public Displays of Affection: Negotiating Power and Identity in Ceremonial Receptions in Amsterdam, 1580–1660

Fatima Quraishi [New York University]
Andrew W. Mellon Fellow, 2016–2018
Necropolis as Palimpsest: The Cemetery of Makli in Sindh, Pakistan (c. 1350–1650)

Emma R. Silverman [University of California, Berkeley] not in residence
Twelve-Month Chester Dale Fellow, 2017–2018
From Eyesore to Icon: The Watts Towers and Modernism in the Margins


Andrianna Campbell [Graduate Center of the City University of New York] not in residence
Twelve-Month Chester Dale Fellow, 2016–2017
Norman Lewis: Linearity, Pedagogy, and Politics in His Abstract Expressionism, 1946 – 1964

Seth Estrin [University of California, Berkeley]

Paul Mellon Fellow, 2014–2017
Objects of Pity: Art and Emotion in Archaic and Classical Greece

Aaron M. Hyman [University of California, Berkeley]
Andrew W. Mellon Fellow, 2015–2017
Rubens in a New World: Prints, Authorship, and Transatlantic Intertextuality

Denva Jackson [Harvard University]

Samuel H. Kress Fellow, 2015–2017
In the Footsteps of Our Fathers: The Morgan Library's Vitae patrum, M. 626

Michael Kubo [Massachusetts Institute of Technology]

Wyeth Fellow, 2015–2017
Architecture Incorporated: Collaboration, Authorship, and Anonymity in Postwar Modernism

Michelle McCoy [University of California, Berkeley]
Ittleson Fellow, 2015 – 2017
Astrology and Astronomy in the Art of Liao-Yuan China and Inner Asia

Phil Taylor [Princeton University]

David E. Finley Fellow, 2014–2017
Raoul Ubac's Photographic Surrealism

Leslie Wilson [University of Chicago]
Twenty-Four-Month Chester Dale Fellow, 2015–2017
Past Black and White: The Color of Photography in South Africa, 1994 – 2004

Oliver M. Wunsch [Harvard University] not in residence
Robert H. and Clarice Smith Fellow, 2016–2017
Painting Against Time: The Decaying Image in the French Enlightenment


John R. Blakinger [Stanford University]

Twenty-Four-Month Chester Dale Fellow, 2014–2016
Artist under Technocracy: György Kepes and the Cold War Avant-Garde

Monica Bravo [Brown University]
Wyeth Fellow, 2014–2016
Picturing Greater America: US Modernist Photography and the Mexican Cultural Renaissance, 1920–1945

Esther Chadwick [Yale University]
Paul Mellon Fellow, 2013–2016
The Radical Print: British Art and Graphic Experiment in the Paper Age

Robert Fucci [Columbia University]
David E. Finley Fellow, 2013–2016
Jan van de Velde II: The Printmaker as Creative Artist in the Early Dutch Republic

Brendan C. McMahon [The University of Southern California]
Andrew W. Mellon Fellow, 2014–2016
“Where sight is scarcely able to assure”:  Iridescence, Vision, and Belief in the Early Modern Hispanic World

Jason E. Nguyen [Harvard University] – not in residence
Robert H. and Clarice Smith Fellow, 2015–2016
Constructing Classicism: Architectural Theory, Practice, and Expertise in Late Seventeenth-Century Paris

Eiren L. Shea [University of Pennsylvania]
Ittleson Fellow, 2014 – 2016
Fashioning Mongol Identity in China (1200 – 1350)

Alice Isabella Sullivan [University of Michigan] – not in residence
Twelve-Month Chester Dale Fellow, 2015 – 2016
The Painted Fortified Monastic Churches of Moldavia: Bastions of Orthodoxy in a Post-Byzantine World

Kelli Wood [University of Chicago]
Samuel H. Kress Fellow, 2014 – 2016
The Art of Play: Games in Early Modern Italy