Alumni

Note: Alumni are listed by the year in which the degree was conferred. MAs are listed after PhDs.


Victoria Gao - PhD 2022
Dissertation: “By the Road: Photography, Film, and Reimagining the American Road Narrative”
Current Position: Director, Bannister Gallery and Exhibitions, Rhode Island College

Lauren DiGiulio - PhD 2021
Dissertation: “Circling the Sign: Pattern and Gesture in Late Twentieth Century Performance”
Current Position: Mellon Postdoctoral Fellow at Carolina Performing Arts at the University of North Carolina-Chapel Hill

Jiangtao Harry Gu - PhD 2021
Dissertation: “A Nation in Prospect: Photography and the Making of Modern China”
Current Position: Visiting Assistant Professor of Media and Society at Hobart and William Smith Colleges

Tracy Stuber - PhD 2021
Dissertation: “Photo Processing: Pictures in the American Social Landscape, 1973-1982”
Current Position: Research Specialist for PhotoTech at the Getty Research Institute

Patrick Sullivan - PhD 2021
Dissertation: “TV Sound in the Network Era, 1952-1984”
Current Position: Lecturer, Performance Studies, Texas A&M University

Alana Wolf Johnson - PhD 2021
Dissertation: “‘How Noisy is New York?': Mapping Sensation and Sonic Signatures of the Modern Metropolis, 1920-1930”
Current Position: Collections Research Curator at the Utah Museum of Fine Arts

Joel NevilleAnderson- PhD 2020
Dissertation: “Self-Documentary in Community: Private Images Against Neoliberal Enclosure”
Current Position: Visiting Assistant Professor of Cinema Studies and Film at Purchase College, State University of New York

Jerome Dent - PhD 2020
Dissertation: “Of Figures and Failure: Blackness and the Topographies of the Imagination”
Current Position: Assistant Professor of Communication and Africana Studies at Tulane University

Eitan Freedenberg - PhD 2020
Dissertation: “Rebuilding: Architectural Reproduction in America, 1900-1945”
Current Position: Assistant Director of Programming at the Rochester Education Justice Initiative

Tara Najd Ahmadi - PhD 2019
Dissertation: “Unfinished: Art, Film, and Revolution in Iran, 1979”
Current Position: Independent scholar, artist, and filmmaker

Christopher Patrello - PhD 2018
Dissertation: “Indigenous Accounts: Local Exchange and Global Circulation on the Northwest Coast”
Current Position: the Andrew W. Mellon Postdoctoral Curatorial Fellow in American Indian Art at the Denver Art Museum

Hend Alawadhi - PhD 2017
Dissertation: “Tracing Trauma: Gender, Memory, and Erasure in Contemporary Arab Cinema”
Current Position: Assistant Professor in the College of Architecture at Kuwait University

Tiffany Barber - PhD 2017
Dissertation: “Undesirability and the Value of Blackness in Contemporary Art”
Current Position: Assistant Professor of Africana Studies and Art History at the University of Delaware

Abigail Glogower - PhD 2017
Dissertation: “Drawn Together: Collective Representation in United States Visual Culture 1815-1860”
Current Position: Curator of Jewish Collections and Jewish Community Archives at The Filson Historical Society

Berin Golonu - PhD 2017
Dissertation: “Modernizing Nature/Naturalizing Modernism: Late Ottoman and Early Turkish Republican Landscape Imagery, 1876-1939”
Current Title and Organization: Assistant Professor in the Department of Art at SUNY Buffalo

Alexander Brier Marr - PhD 2017
Dissertation: “Aesthetics of Dwelling: Architecture in Native American Art, 1904-1945”
Current Position: The Andrew W. Mellon Foundation Assistant Curator of Native American Art at the St. Louis Art Museum

Jenevive Nykolak - PhD 2017
Dissertation: “Painting in Question, 1967-1981: 'BMPT,' Supports/Surfaces, and ja-na-pa”
Current Position: Assistant Professor of Modern and Contemporary Art at California State University, Los Angeles

Ruben Yepes-Munoz - PhD 2017
Dissertation: “Affecting the Conflict: Mediations of the Colombian War in Contemporary Art and Film”
Current Position: Assistant Professor of Art History at Georgia College & State University

Lina Zigelyte - PhD 2017
Dissertation: “Queer Departures: Migration, Sexuality, and the Avant-Garde”
Current Position: Adjunct Instructor at the Susan B. Anthony Institute for Gender, Sexuality, and Women’s Studies at the University of Rochester

Ryan Conrath – PhD 2016
Dissertation: “Bodies In Between: The Corporeal Poetics of Montage”
Current Position: Assistant Professor of English at Salisbury University

Alicia Inez Guzmán – PhD 2016
Dissertation: “Connected in Isolation: Land and Landscape in New Mexico and the Greater Southwest”
Current Position: Staff writer at Searchlight New Mexico

Erin Leary – PhD 2016
Dissertation: “Decorating for Discrimination: Nativism and Eugenics in American Decorative Arts and Design, 1893-1924”

Paula Pinto – PhD 2016
Dissertation: “Condemned to Invisibility? Antonio Canova and the Impact of Photographic Reproduction on the History of Art”

Cesare Antonio Wright – PhD 2016
Dissertation: “Re-Framing 'Ecstatic Truth'-Experiments in the New Visual Language of Werner Herzog”
Current Position: Assistant Professor of Communications at University of St. Thomas, Texas; Founder and President of Kino-Eye Center; Independent filmmaker

Iskandar Zulkarnain – PhD 2015
Dissertation: “Programming Archipelago: Digital Visual Cultures and Nationalism in Indonesia”
Current Position: Visiting Assistant Professor of Media and Society at Hobart and William Smith Colleges

Alexandra Alisauskas – PhD 2014
Dissertation: “Deforming the 'Homo Sovieticus': The Collective Subject in Polish Art (1982-1992)”
Current Position: Learning and Engagement Librarian at University of Calgary

Rebecca Burditt – PhD 2014
Dissertation: “Hollywood's 'Commercial Moments': Seeing Difference in the Postwar Era”
Current Position: Assistant Professor of Media and Society at Hobart and William Smith Colleges

Amanda Graham – PhD 2014
Dissertation: “The Myth of Movement: Lucinda Childs and Trisha Brown Dancing on the New York City Grid, 1970-1980”
Current Position: Independent artist

Kyoung-Lae Kang – PhD 2014
Dissertation: “Guilt Cinema: Memory, Boundaries, and Ethical Criticism in Postcolonial Korea”
Current Position: Assistant Professor at the School of Liberal Arts at Seoul National University of Science and Technology

Sohl Lee – PhD 2014
Dissertation: “Images of Reality/Ideals of Democracy: Contemporary Korean Art, 1980s-2000s”
Current Position: Assistant Professor in the Department of Art at Stony Brook University

Jessica McDonald – PhD 2014
Dissertation: “Relocating Rochester: A Critical Historiography of American Photography in the 1960s and '70s”
Current Position: the Nancy Inman and Marlene Nathan Meyerson Curator of Photography for the Harry Ransom Center at the University of Texas at Austin

Shota Ogawa – PhD 2014
Dissertation: “Zainichi Koreans (Koreans in Japan): A Cinematic History”
Current Position: Associate Professor in the Graduate School of Humanities at Nagoya University

Jessica Horton – PhD 2013
Dissertation: “Places to Stand: History, Memory and Location in Native North American Art”
Current Position: Associate Professor and Director of the CTPhD Program at the University of Delaware

Lucy Mulroney – PhD 2013
Dissertation: “Andy Warhol, Publisher”
Current Position: Associate Director for Collections, Research, and Education at the Beinecke Rare Book & Manuscript Library at Yale University

Maia Dauner – PhD 2012
Dissertation: “Playing Dead: Corporeal Confusion and Performance Art”
Current Position: Analytic Consulting Specialist at Concentrix

Mara Gladstone – PhD 2012
Dissertation: “Sensing the Museum: Contests of Experience with Contemporary Art”
Current Position: Associate Curator at Palm Springs Art Museum

Gloria Kim – PhD 2012
Dissertation: “Transmissions: Public Health Information Campaigns and Ambient Media in the Era of Global Health Under U.S. Health Security”
Current Position: Assistant Professor of Media & Cultural Studies at University of California, Riverside

Bo Zheng – PhD 2012
Dissertation: “The Pursuit of Publicness: A Study of Four Chinese Contemporary Art Projects”
Current Position: Associate Professor at School of Creative Media at City University of Hong Kong

Dinah Holtzman – PhD 2011
Dissertation: “Portrait of the Postmodern Artist as Hysteric”
Current Position: Lecturer in the Department of American Studies at Indiana University Bloomington

Hossein Khosrowjah – PhD 2011
Dissertation: “Unthinking the National Imaginary: The Singular Cinema of Abbas Kiarostami”
Current Position: Senior Adjunct for the History of Art and Visual Culture Program at California College of the Arts & Saint Mary's College of California

Godfre Leung – PhD 2011
Dissertation: “The White Wall in Postwar Art: The Aesthetics of the Exhibition Space”
Current Position: Independent curator and writer

Nicola Mann – PhD 2011
Dissertation: “The Death and Resurrection of Chicago's Public Housing in the American Visual Imagination”
Current Position: Professor of Communications and Visual Cultures and
Head of Department of Communications at Richmond, The American International University in London

Taro Nettleton – PhD 2011
Dissertation: “Throw Out the Books, Get Out in the Streets: Subjectivity and Space in Japanese Underground Art of the 1960s”
Current Position: Associate Professor of Art at Temple University, Japan Campus

Pass, Victoria – PhD 2011
Dissertation: “Strange Glamour: Fashion and Surrealism in the Years Between the World Wars”
Current Position: Assistant Professor of Art History at Maryland Institute College of Art

Audrey Anable – PhD 2010
Dissertation: “Digital Decay: The Urban Interface in New Visual Culture, 1968-2008”
Current Position: Associate Professor of Film Studies at Carlton University

Lyell Davies – PhD 2010
Dissertation: “Expose, Impel, and Sustain Change: The Committed Documentary in Political Life”
Current Position: Associate Professor of English at John Jay College of Criminal Justice

Aviva Dove-Viebahn – PhD 2010
Dissertation: “Looking for Pleasure: Art, Spectatorship, and Desire in Televisual Age”
Current Position: Assistant Professor of Film and Media Studies at Arizona State University

Margot Bouman – PhD 2009
Dissertation: “A Broken Piece of an Absent Whole: Experimental Video and its Spaces of Production and Reception”
Current Position: Assistant Professor of Visual Culture at The New School

Leanne Gilbertson – PhD 2009
Dissertation: “Bodies Out of Time in Place: Queerly Present in Andy Warhol's Factory and Beyond”
Current Position: Associate Professor of Art at Montana State University Billings

Randy Innes – PhD 2009
Dissertation: “On the Limits of the Work of Art: The Fragment in Visual Culture”
Current Position: Senior Advisor, Social and Cultural Sector at Treasury Board of Canada Secretariat

Elizabeth Kalbfleisch – PhD 2009
Dissertation: “Bordering on Feminism: Home and Transitional Sites in Recent Visual Culture and Native Women's Art”
Current Position: Independent researcher and consultant

Lisa Uddin – PhD 2009
Dissertation: “Breeding Grounds: Race, Space and Species in the New American Zoo”
Current Position: Associate Professor of Art History and Visual Culture Studies at Whitman College

Elizabeth Czach – PhD 2008
Dissertation: “Careless Rapture: Artifacts and Archives of the Home Movie”
Current Position: Associate Professor, Faculty of Arts - English & Film Studies Department at University of Alberta

Akiko Mizoguchi – PhD 2008
Dissertation: “Reading and Living Yaoi: Male-Male Fantasy Narratives as Women’s Sexual Subculture in Japan”
Current Position: Part time Lecturer in the Department of Art Studies at Tama Art University

Derya Özkan – PhD 2008
Dissertation: “The Misuse Value of Space: Spatial Practices and the Production of Space in Istanbul”
Current Position: Assistant Professor of Cinema and Digital Media at Izmir University of Economics

Marc Léger – PhD 2007
Dissertation: “Subjectivity and Social Space in Critical Public Art”
Current Position: Independent scholar

Norman Vorano – PhD 2007
Dissertation: “Iniut Art in the Qallunaat World: Modernism, Museums and the Popular Imaginary, 1949-1962”
Current Position: Department Head, Associate Professor of the Department of Art History & Art Conservation at Queen’s University

Lucy Curzon – PhD 2006
Dissertation: “Re-placing Modernism: Visual Culture and National Identity in Britain, 1930-1960”
Current Position: Associate Professor of Art History at The University of Alabama

Daniel Humphrey – PhD 2006
Dissertation: “Subjective Others/Foreign Selves: Queer American Spectatorship and Swedish 'Art Cinema'”
Current Position: Associate Professor of Performance Studies at the College of Liberal Arts at Texas A&M University

Daniela Sandler – PhD 2006
Dissertation: “Counterpreservation: Decrepitude and Memory in the Architecture of Berlin since 1989”
Current Position: Associate Professor of Architectural and Urban History at the University of Minnesota

T'ai Smith – PhD 2006
Dissertation: “Weaving Work at the Bauhaus: The Gender and Engendering of a Medium, 1919-1937”
Current Position: Associate Professor of Art History at The University of British Columbia

Lisa Soccio – PhD 2006
Dissertation: “Nothing's Shocking: On the Persistence of Avant-Gardism in Alternative Music”
Current Position: Associate Professor of Art History at College of the Desert

Michael Williams – PhD 2006
Dissertation: “Beyond Death: Perversity, Relationality, Virtuality”
Current Position: Lecturer at Rhode Island School of Design

Catherine Zuromskis – PhD 2006
Dissertation: “Intimate Exposures: The Private and Public Lives of Snapshot Photography”
Current Position: Associate Professor at the School of Photographic Arts and Sciences at Rochester Institute of Technology

Matthew Brower – PhD 2005
Dissertation: “Animal Traces: Early North American Wildlife Photography”
Current Position: Lecturer and Curator, Museum Studies and Faculty of Information Studies at the University of Toronto

Dore Bowen – PhD 2004
Dissertation: “Danger Box: Fluxphotography and Martin Heidegger’s Phenomenology”
Current Position: Professor in the Department of Art and Art History at San Jose State University

Lisa Finn – PhD 2004
Dissertation: “Risky Subjects: Constructions and Categorizations of Women in Health Care”
Current Position: Support Specialist at Hammersmith Support

Amy Herzog – PhD 2004
Dissertation: “Dreams of Differences and Songs of the Same: The Image of Time in Musical Film”
Current Position: Associate Professor of Media Studies at Queens College, CUNY

Matthew Reynolds – PhD 2004
Dissertation: “Soft Focus: Glamour and the Hollywood Redevelopment Project”
Current Position: Associate Professor of Art History and Visual Culture Studies at Whitman College

Reni Celeste – PhD 2003
Dissertation: “The Tragic Screen: Cinema at the Limits of Philosophy”
Current Position: Reni was a Postdoctoral Research Scholar and Teaching Fellow at Yale University until her passing in 2005

Jonathan Finn – PhD 2003
Dissertation: “Police Photography: Visual Representation, Scientific Evidence, and the Construction of the Criminal”
Current Position: Associate Professor of Communication Studies at Wilfred Laurier University

Cyril Reade – PhD 2003
Dissertation: “Mendelssohn to Mendelsohn: Visual Case Studies of Jewish Life in Berlin”
Current Position: Associate Professor of Art History at Rutgers University–Camden

C. Ondine Chavoya – PhD 2002
Dissertation: “Orphans of Modernism: Chicano Art, Public Representation, and Spatial Practice in Southern California”
Current Position: Professor of Art at Williams College

Bridget Cooks – PhD 2002
Dissertation: “Seen and Not Seen: A History of Black Representation and Self-Representation in Art Exhibitions in the United States, 1883-1998”
Current Position: Associate Professor in the Department of African American Studies and Department of Art History at University of California, Irvine

Darby English – PhD 2002
Dissertation: “Black Artists, Black Work? Regarding Difference in Three Dimensions”
Current Position: Carl Darling Buck Professor of Art History at the University of Chicago

Natasha Goldman – PhD 2002
Dissertation: “Missing Absence: Trauma and National Memorials to the Holocaust”
Current Position: Research Associate in Art History at Bowdoin College

Karen Keiko Kosasa – PhD 2002
Dissertation: “Critical Sights/Sites: Art Pedagogy and Settler Colonialism in Hawai'i”
Current Position: Associate Professor & Director of Museum Studies Graduate Program at University of Hawai'i at Manoa

Kirsi Peltomaki – PhD 2002
Dissertation: “Strategies of Institutional Critique in Recent American Art”
Current Position: Professor of Art and Art History at Oregon State University

Tina Takemoto – PhD 2002
Dissertation: “Traumatic Repetition: Mimicry, Melancholia, Performance”
Current Position: Associate Professor of History of Art and Visual Culture Program at California College of Art, San Francisco

Warren Zanes – PhD 2002
Dissertation: “Globalization and the Anxious State of a New Regionalism”
Current Position: Musician, Author, and Music Adjunct Faculty at New York University

Mark Edward Denaci – PhD 2001
Dissertation: “The Thick of Things: Framing, Fetishism, and the Work of Art History”
Current Position: Associate Professor of Art & Art History at St. Lawrence University

Hanneke Grootenboer – PhD 2001
Dissertation: “The Rhetoric of Perspective: Realism and Illusionism in Dutch Seventeenth-Century Still Life and Trompe l'Oeil Painting”
Current Position: Professor and Chair of the History of Art Department at Radboud University, Netherlands

Laura Quinn – PhD 2001
Dissertation: “Telling It Slant: Historic House Museums and the Re-Creation of the Past”
Current Position: Non-Profit Consultant at Laura Quinn Consulting

Jeanette Roan – PhD 2001
Dissertation: “Fictions of Faraway Places: Travel, Exoticism, and Cinema from High Imperialism to Global Culture”
Current Position: Associate Professor in the History of Art and Visual Culture Program at California College of Art, San Francisco

Phillip Gentile – PhD 2000
Dissertation: “Pugilistic Occasions: Cultural Constructions of Boxing in Painting, Film, and Television”

Bethany Ogdon – PhD 2000
Dissertation: “On the Subject of Reality Television”
Current Position: Professor in the Art Department at Austin Community College

Anna Williams – PhD 2000
Dissertation: “Nothing but Bodies: Nineteenth-Century Representations of Animals in George Cuvier's System and U.S. Industrial Meat Production”

Brian Goldfarb – PhD 1998
Dissertation: “Media Pedagogy: Institutional Discipline, Cultural Dissidence, and Electronic Media Culture”
Current Position: Associate Professor and Chair of the Department of Communication at UC San Diego

Alla Efimova – PhD 1998
Dissertation: “Communist Nostalgia: On Society Aesthetics and Post-Soviet Memory”
Current Position: Independent Art Historian, Curator, Consultant

Grant Kester – PhD 1997
Dissertation: “The Faculty of Possession: Property and the Aesthetic in English Culture”
Current Position: Professor of Visual Arts at UC San Diego

Rochelle Steiner – PhD 1997
Dissertation: “Framing Words: Visual Language in Contemporary Art”

Laura Marks – PhD 1996
Dissertation: “The Skin of the Film: Experimental Cinema and Intercultural Experience”
Current Position: Grant Strate Professor in the School for the Contemporary Arts at Simon Fraser University, Vancouver

Lianne McTavish – PhD 1996
Dissertation: “Complicating Categories: Women, Gender, and Sexuality in Seventeenth-Century French Visual Culture”
Current Position: Professor of History of Art, Design, and Visual Culture at the University of Alberta

Walid Raad – PhD 1996
Dissertation: “Beirut...à la folie: A Cultural Analysis of the Abduction of Westerners in Lebanon in the 1980s”
Current Position: Professor of Art at The Cooper Union

Howard Singerman – PhD 1996
Dissertation: “The Discourse of the Artist in the University”
Current Position: Phyllis and Joseph Caroff Chair of Art and Art History at Hunter College, The City University of New York

George Dimock – PhD 1994
Dissertation: “Constructions of Childhood”
Current Position: Associate Professor Emeritus of Art and Art History at the University of North Carolina, Greensboro

Lev Manovich – PhD 1994
Dissertation: “The Engineering of Vision from Constructivism to Virtual Reality”
Current Position: Presidential Professor of The Graduate Center, City University of New York (CUNY)

Barbara Miller – PhD 1993
Dissertation: “Postmodernism: Artistic Ploy or Cultural Response?: A Visual and Textual Analysis of Fragmentation and Layering in Postmodern Art and Dominant Cinema”
Current Position: Professor of Art History at Western Washington University


Tristan Menzies – MA 2020

Amanda McFarland – MA 2017

Kelly Long – MA 2015
Current Position: Curatorial Assistant at the Whitney Museum of American Art

Zainab Saleh – MA 2014
Current Position: Program Coordinator for Partnership for the Public Good (PPG)

Erin Flaherty – MA 2012
Current Position: Major Gift Officer at The College of New Jersey

Ryan Randall – MA 2012
Current Position: Librarian, Instruction Coordinator, and Faculty Outreach at College of Western Idaho

Zachary Rottman – MA 2012
Current Position: Research Assistant at the Getty Research Institute

Genevieve Waller – MA 2012
Current Position: Founder of DARIA: Denver Art Review Inquiry & Analysis

Lauren Crabtree – MA 2009

Lucia Sommer – MA 2009

Derek Rushton – MA 2009

Yuichiro Kugo – MA 2008

Peter Hobbs – MA 2007
Current Position: Instructor, Faculty of Art at OCAD University

Linda Edwards – MA 2006