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2010 Fellowships and Grants

Catherine Boland, recipient of the Jacob K. Javits Fellowship, administered by the U.S. Department of Education. Catherine will be continuing her study in New Brunswick.

David Boffa, recipient of a Mellon Dissertation Fellowship for 2010-2011. David will be in Rome, finishing work on his doctoral dissertation, “Artistic Identity Set in Stone.”

Susannah Fisher, recipient of a Mellon Dissertation Fellowship for 2010-2011. Susannah will continue her stay in Munich, working on her doctoral dissertation, “Materializing the Word: Early Medieval Book Covers.”
Hilary Haakenson, recipient of a Fulbright Fellowship in Italy for 2010-2011. Hilary will be in Venice to conduct research for her doctoral dissertation, “Cultural Crossroads: The Old Testament and Identity in Late Medieval Maritime Republics in Italy.”
Dr. Karen Lloyd, laureate of the first André Chastel Scholarship from The Institut National d’Histoire de l’Art and the French Academy in Rome – Villa Medici for October 2010. Karen will be conducting research for an article, “A New Samson: Cardinal Scipione Borghese’s Early Art Patronage.” She recently completed her doctoral dissertation, “Adopted Papal Kin as Art Patrons in Early Modern Rome (1592-1676).”
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Kim Sels, recipient of a Smithsonian Predoctoral fellowship at the National Portrait Gallery. Kim will be conducting research on her doctoral dissertation, “Assembling Identity: The Object-Portrait in American Art, 1917–27.”
Carly Jane Steinborn, recipient of the Phyllis G. Gordan/Samuel H. Kress Foundation, Pre-Doctoral Rome Prize. Carly will be at the American Academy in Rome from 2010-2012 to conduct research for her doctoral dissertation, "Transforming Sacred Space: Image and Materiality in the Orthodox Baptistery of Ravenna,"
Emily Urban, recipient of the Samuel H. Kress Foundation, Fellowship in the History of Art at the Bibliotheca Hertziana. Currently a Fulbright fellow in Rome, Emily will remain to continue research for her dissertation, "The Sala Bologna in the Vatican Palace," in 2010-2012.
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Sarah Wilkins, recipient of a Fulbright Fellowship in Italy for 2010-2011. Sarah will be in Florence to conduct research on her doctoral Dissertation, “She Loved More Ardently than the Rest: the Magdalen Cycles of Late Duecento and Trecento Italy.”

Graduate Awards



Emily Urban, PhD (T. Marder)
Ricki Sablove, PhD (C. Yanni)
Yelena Kalinsky, PhD (J. Sharp)
Catherine Boland Erkkila, PhD (C. Yanni)

MAs Completed:

Alia Nour El-Sayed
Benjamin Eldredge
Alexis Jason-Mathews
Andrew Scruggs
Melissa Yuen


Todd Adams
Tiffany Lowe
Michele Racioppi
Laura Rossi
Victoria Sheridan
Adi Sela Wiener
Zoe Watnick



Nicole Logan, PhD (T. Marder)
Olivia Gruber Florek, PhD (S. Sidlauskas)
Cynthia Jacob, PhD (A. Harvey)
Diana Bramham, PhD (S. Sidlauskas)
Lisandra Estevez, PhD (C. Puglisi)
Kim Sels, PhD (J. Marter)
Sarah Wilkins, PhD (S. McHam)

MA recipients

Sara Berkowitz
Eleni Caravanos
Shannon Connelly
Allison Cooper – also completed the Curatorial Certificate
Seraphina Ferraro
Natalie Fleming – also completed the Curatorial Certificate AND the CHAPS certificate
Hilary Haakenson
Catherine Kupiec
Allison Leigh
Mary Manning
Stephen Mandravelis – going to UNC for Ph.D., and also completed the Curatorial Certificate
Kira Maye
Kate Scottv
San Solu
Kathleen Sullivan
Christina Weyl


Eleni Caravanos
Alyssa Hagen
Stephanie Johnson
Randi Ragsdale

Certificate in Historic Preservation – Awarded May 2012

Back, Erica
Drag, Robyn
Fleming, Natalie
Giannullo, Lauren
Goldman, Alyson
Hecht, Stacey
Hindenlang, Leigh Anne
Knigge, Dalynn
Little, Megan
Mariella, Lauren
Ree, Patrick
Richardson, Migdalia
Rotella, Kaylee
Shalumova, Mariya
Tarantino, Alexandra



Adrian Barr, PhD (J. Sharp)
David Boffa, PhD (S. McHam)
Jeremy Canwell, PhD (J. Sharp)
Susannah Fisher, PhD (E. Thuno)
Heather Nolin, PhD (S. McHam)
Ljubomir Milanovic
Florence Quideau
Tuna Sare, PhD (J. Kenfield)
Chiara Scappini, PhD (T. Marder)
Wendy Streule

MA recipients

Catherine Boland Erkkila
Ellen Brueckner
Nicole Deaugustine
Jenevieve Delossantos
Michael Deniro
Brenna Graham
Lauren Kane
Leigh-Ayna Passamano
Robyn Radway

CHAPS MA Students

Nicole DeAugustine
Lauren Kane
Leigh Passamano


Fellowships and Grants awarded to Art History Graduate Students, 2010


Ljubomir Milanovic, PhD (A. Harvey)
Patrick Coleman, PhD (J. Kenfield)
Florence Quideau, PhD (S. Sidlauskas)
Wendy Streule, PhD (C. Puglisi)

MA recipients

Alexa Arroyo
Rebeca Feest
Kimberly Fisher
Cynthia Jacob
Sue Heun Kim
Pamela Margerem
Colette Moryan
Reshma Nayyar
Colette Obzeyta
Faigie Roth
Heather Shannon
Jennifer Simonelli
Alexandra Venizelos



Lisa Neal Tice, PhD (T. Marder)
Ashley Atkins, PhD (S. Sidalauskas)
Donna Gustafson, PhD (J. Marter)
Christine Filippone, PhD (J. Marter)
Erin Benay, PhD (C. Puglisi)
Karen Lloyd, PhD (T. Marder)
Kandice Rawlings, PhD (S. McHam)

MA recipients

Olivia Florek
Haimo Lu
Emily Urban



Theresa Grupico, PhD (J. Kenfield)
Amy Bryzgel, PhD (A. Sharp)
Denise Rompilla, PhD (J. Marter)
Sascha Scott, PhD (J. Marter)
Joseph Giuffre, PhD (S. McHam)

MA recipients

Susannah Fisher
Tatiana Plaxina
Katherine Weaver Scott
Katharine Waller
Fatima Younus



Jennifer Zarro, PhD (W. Bellion)
Mary Tinti, PhD (J. Marter)
Alison Poe, PhD (A. Harvey)
Robert Gross, PhD (J. Kenfield)
Katherine Poole, PhD (S. McHam)
Patricia Zalamea, PhD (C. Puglisi)
Susanne Hillman, PhD (J. Marter)

MA recipients

Jeremy Canwell
Ann Keen
Kandice Rawlings
Ricki Sablove



Fellowships and Grants awarded to Art History Graduate Students, 2007

Jeremy Canwell, J.William Fulbright Foreign Scholarship (for Estonia)

Christine Filippone, Smithsonian Pre-Doctoral Fellowship, Smithsonian American Art
Museum, 2007-08
Pre-Doctoral Fellowship, National Air and Space Museum, 2007-2008
American Association of University Women American Fellowship, 2007-08

Francis Fletcher, University and Bevier Fellowship, 2007-08

Olivia Gruber, Social Science Research Council, Dissertation Proposal Development Fellowship

Mary Shay Millea, Coleman Memorial Fund Art History Fellowship, The Metropolitan Museum of Art, 2007-08
Travel Fellowship in the History of Art, Kress Foundation, 2007-08

Heather Nolin, Fellowship, Gladys Krieble Delmas Foundation
Kress Foundation Fellowship at the Hertziana, Rome [2 year]

Kandace Rawlings, Fellowship, Gladys Krieble Delmas Foundation

Sascha Scott, Luce/ACLS Doctoral Dissertation Fellowship in American Art, 2007-08
American Association of University Women American Fellowship, 2007-08

Lisa Neal Tice, Walter Read Hovey Memorial Fund Scholarship

Recent full time positions:

Christopher Atkins, Queens College, City University of New York

Patricia Zalamea, University of Los Andes (Universidad de Los Andes), Bogota

Katie Poole, Eastern Connecticut State University

Caitlin Sproule Davis, Assistant to the Director, The Frick Collection

Elizabeth Gaudino, Assistant to the Deputy Director for External Affairs, The Frick Collection

Tenure awarded:
Stephanie Leone, Boston College


October 2005 – Caitlin Davis
January 2006 – Heather Hess
May 2006 – Aliza Edelman and Christopher Atkins

Master’s Degree:
October 2005 – Justin Christopherson, Lisandra Estevez, Julia Kameron, Kevin Ford, Timothy McManus
January 2006 – Jessica Evans and Florence Quideau
May 2006 – Gretchen Burch and Erin Benay

Certificates in Curatorial Studies:
Gretchen Burch
Caitlin Davis
Aliza Edelman
Lisandra Estevez
Jessica Evans
Florence Quideau

Graduate School awards

Patricia Zalamea won a Bevier and the Graduate School Dissertation Teaching Award.

Kim Curtiss received the ACLS/Luce fellowship for 2006-2007.

Francis Fletcher who won a Kress Travel Fellowship.

Theresa Grupico received a dissertation award from the Business and Professional Women of New Jersey.

Heather Hess, who completed the PhD in October 2005, has been awarded the 2006-2008 Stefan Engelhorn Curatorial Internship at the Busch-Reisinger Museum at Harvard University.

In December 2005, Ann M. Keen was awarded a research grant by the International Olympic Committee to study at the Olympic Studies Centre in Lausanne, Switzerland.

Karen Lloyd received the Kress Institutional Grant for 2 years of study in the Herziana in Rome.

Tuna Sare was accepted to the American School of Classical Studies at Athens for the summer 2006 program.

Sascha Scott was awarded a Predoctoral Fellowship for residency at the Smithsonian American Art Museum during the 2006-2007 academic year.

Jennie Smithken-Lindsay was accepted to the American Academy in Rome's Summer Archaeology Program.

Mary Tinti will receive the departmental Luce award.


David Boffa – Frick Symposium Speaker “Mere Matter into Spirit: Donatello’s St. Louis of Toulouse”

Amy Bryzgel – Philadelphia Museum of Art Symposium Speaker. Amy is currently in Latvia where she recently received a special invitation from the President of Latvia and her husband to attend a ceremony where she and President George W. Bush laid flowers at the Freedom Monument in Riga.

Brian Clancy – The Dean’s Research Award

Kim Curtiss - has been selected as the "Graduate Lecturer" at the National Gallery of Art,
Washington, D.C. for the academic year 2005-06

Julia Kameron was accepted into the Met summer internship program to the Prints and Drawings Department.

Katie Poole - Fulbright: (to Italy)

RSA, Cambridge – Katie Poole and Lisandra Estevez

Sascha Scott – Dissertation Teaching Award

Mary Tinti – Smithsonian Pre-doctoral Fellowship at the Air & Space museum and the Getty Research Institute Dissertation Workshop Award

Patricia Zalamea – interdis. Conference on Ovid at Toronto & selected for ENS exchange in Lyon.

Ph.D. Recipients

Francesca Bacci-Melcher
Meghan Callahan
Justin Carlino
Brian Clancy
Sara Diebel
Emma Guest
Molly Gwinn
Aileen Wang- also awarded Certificate in Curatorial Studies

M.A. Recipients

Francis Fletcher
Thea Gunhouse - also awarded Certificate in Curatorial Studies
Catherine Hammond - also awarded Certificate in Curatorial Studies
Mizuho Saito - also awarded Certificate in Curatorial Studies



Welcome to the Rutgers Art History Graduate Program

 Strategically located on the Northeast Corridor between New York City and Philadelphia, Rutgers University’s Art History Department offers both M.A. and Ph.D. students an exceptional combination of an outstanding faculty, rigorous, imaginative scholarship, innovative critical approaches, a spectrum of cross-disciplinary programs, and professional opportunities.  Taking full advantage of the great museums, galleries and academic institutions in the northeast, our students benefit from internships in the New York/New Jersey/Philadelphia area and from a consortium of art history programs that allows our PhD students to register for graduate courses at Columbia University, Fordham University, The Graduate Center at CUNY, the Institute of Fine Arts, The New School, New York University, SUNY at Stony Brook, Princeton University and the University of Pennsylvania.

In addition to a Ph.D. in art history, we offer two different M.A. degrees: one in art history, and the other in Cultural Heritage and Preservation Studies (CHAPS).  For full details about our exciting new CHAPS M.A., see  Both Ph.D. and M.A. students can also pursue a certificate in both Curatorial Studies and CHAPS.  The Curatorial Studies certificate encompasses specialized courses, including one taught by a professional curator, an exhibition seminar taught by a faculty member, and a series of internships at museums in the area.

Funding opportunities include a multi-year excellence fellowship awarded to select PhD candidates; teaching assistantships for advanced students; Mellon Foundation-funded graduate assistantships offered by the Zimmerli Museum; and research assistantships funded by the Norton Dodge Collection of Soviet Non-Conformist Art.  Rutgers has been chosen as one of six departments in the School of Arts and Sciences to compete in a fellowship program sponsored by the Mellon Foundation, which awards summer travel grants, recruiting funds for new students, and dissertation fellowships.  The graduate school offers a small number of predoctoral grants.  Several research institutes and the Expository Writing Program at Rutgers offer funding opportunities for students finishing their dissertations. We are unfortunately unable to fund M.A. students, and strongly encourage those who are interested in pursuing a Ph.D. after earning an M.A. here to apply to other doctoral programs, which will give both depth and breadth to their degrees.   

Our distinguished faculty of eighteen offers an intellectually rigorous and theoretically sophisticated program of study.  Historically, the fields of Italian Renaissance and Baroque art and architecture have been particularly strong, and these continue to flourish, with reinforcement from faculty in Greek and Roman, Late Antique, and Medieval art and architecture.  Our faculty also includes specialists in African, Asian and Islamic art and architecture. 

Over the last decade, an already strong program in modernism has been greatly enhanced by several new hires, which have allowed the department to offer a full range of courses in American and European, Contemporary, Latin American, Russian, Soviet and Eastern European art, architecture and visual culture, as well as the History of Photography.  The interdisciplinary research and teaching of the modernist faculty are concentrated in several areas, including gender and women’s studies, visual culture, the history of science and medicine, and the history of photography.  A number of the modernist faculty are particularly interested in the emerging study of comparative modernities.

Many faculty have been actively involved with the vital research institutes and interdisciplinary programs within Rutgers.  The Center for Cultural Analysis sponsors two different working groups organized by the Art History Department--the Developing Room, focused on the history and theory of photography; and another organized around the interdisciplinary field of the Medical Humanities.  Faculty are also deeply involved with the British Studies Center, American Studies, The Department of Latino and Hispanic Caribbean Studies, Italian Studies, the Center for Middle Eastern Studies, the Institute for Research on Women, the Department of Women’s and Gender Studies and the Center for Historical Analysis.

Our doctoral students have been very successful in securing outside funding for their dissertation travel, research, and writing. A selection of the honors recently awarded includes: the two-year Rome Prize at the American Academy in Rome; two different Kress Institutional Fellowships for study at the Hertziana Library in Rome; Fulbright Fellowships to Austria, Estonia, Germany, Italy, and Moscow; the Deutscher Akademischer Austausch Dienst (DAAD); the Paul Mellon Centre for Studies in British Art in London, and residential fellowships to the Smithsonian Institution and the Metropolitan Museum of Art.  Our students also participate enthusiastically in a wide range of graduate student symposia, as well as international conferences.  The Graduate Student Organization arranges a Distinguished Speakers series each year, complemented by the annual Sydney Jacobs Lecture in American Art and the newly inaugurated Edwin L. Weisl Lecture in Early Modern Art and Architecture.


**Changes to the Graduate Program requirements, which go into effect with the entering class of 2012.  Additional details will be appearing soon on our website.  Note: Students who entered the program earlier have the option of choosing the new formats, described below.**


The Master’s in Art History

Students who need to strengthen their backgrounds in certain areas of the field are encouraged to take undergraduate 300-level courses, registered as a graduate student.

The M.A. exam

The M.A. examination is scheduled twice a year, once in August, and once in March (dates to be announced).  The exam itself will consist of a series of essay questions, chosen from a list of six which the student is given one week before the exam.  The questions are chosen and graded by an M.A. faculty committee. The purpose of this exam is to test students’ abilities to write cogently about works of art and architecture across a variety of fields in a way that incorporates their history, context, and form.

Ph.D. students petition to waive the M.A. exam, when they apply for candidacy to the Ph.D. track of the program, which should be done by January of the second year.

The M.A. essay, for both Master’s and Ph.D. students

 (Note: doctoral students may not schedule either their dissertation proposal presentation or their qualifying exams until the Master’s essay is complete.)

A Master’s Essay is submitted to one faculty advisor and a second reader.  Most successful essays—which should be approximately 25 to 35 pages—are based on a prior seminar paper, which the student, aided by the advice of the appropriate faculty member, refines and expands.  The essay should be completed by the end of the summer after courses are finished.


The Ph.D. Track in Art History

 A minor field:

PhD candidates are strongly encouraged to complete a Minor Field. A student’s major and minor fields should be reasonably distinct from one another, separated by some combination of media, geography, time period or other factors as appropriate.  Definition of the major and minor fields, although proposed by the student, must have the approval of the primary faculty advisor and the Graduate Program Director. Successful passing of the minor field option consists of two classes in the minor field and a written qualifying paper which can be an extension of a seminar paper written for class. Students will be allowed to count one advanced undergraduate course (taken for graduate credit) toward the minor field. The minor-qualifying paper may be the same as the student’s M.A. essay.  If the student submits the M.A. paper as the Minor Option qualifying paper, the rules regarding M.A. papers must be followed.  At the same time the paper is approved for the M.A, the advisor will also approve the paper for the minor field.

There is no minor field option for students pursuing the M.A. degree as their final degree. 

Doctoral students should submit the qualifying paper to the Graduate Program Director and one other art history faculty member for approval (usually the professor who taught the course for which the paper was written). If the paper was written in another department or at another institution, the student must nonetheless submit it to the Graduate Program Director and one Rutgers art history faculty member for review.

Dissertation Proposal and Qualifying Examinations

PhD. Students must complete the Master’s Essay before registering for either their exam preparation or dissertation proposal preparation. NO EXCEPTIONS.

Students without a dissertation topic in their fourth year, or third, if they have been admitted with an M.A., cannot register for dissertation research or their exams, but must register as “Matriculation continued.”

Students, with their faculty advisors and members of their exam committee should plan the date at least six months in advance, in order to ensure that all relevant faculty members are present.  If a faculty advisor anticipates being away during the semester the student plans to take the exam, he or she will be responsible for finding a substitute, or choosing to come into Rutgers on the day of the exam.  All members of the exam committee must be present—unless there is a personal emergency. 

The Dissertation Proposal Workshop

Twice a year—usually in September and April--students and faculty gather to hear the dissertation proposals of those who are at the beginning stages of their research. Students present their work for about fifteen minutes, and then entertain questions from both students and faculty.  Suggestions will be made, and the student is expected to meet with any faculty member who has offered substantive criticism or suggestions.  A fifteen page proposal, with bibliography, is submitted to the faculty and voted upon at the faculty meeting following the workshop.  If accepted, the student is encouraged to begin dissertation research immediately.

The Qualifying Exams:

Starting with the incoming graduate class of 2012, all PhD students will take the oral exam followed by the ten day written paper.

Note: There is no change for students currently enrolled, who will continue to have a choice between the ten day format and the two day format. 

 The oral examination will be approximately two hours in length. After successful completion of this portion, the student begins the written portion, usually beginning on the Friday after the oral examination is completed.  The topic of the paper, which is assigned by the committee, is designed to assist students with formulating concepts and methods for their dissertations. 

The goal of the faculty in making this change is to compel students to consider potential dissertation topics earlier in their graduate educations.

A student who fails a portion of the qualifying exams may take one or both portions again within a year.

The Dissertation Defense:

The dissertation defense should take place on campus. While the outside reader may be present electronically, or, if necessary, have supplied a letter to the student’s advisor, the remaining three faculty members, and the student, must be present.  If a faculty member anticipates being on leave at the time of the defense, he or she should either re-schedule the defense, or arrange for a substitute at the time the defense is scheduled. 

Dissertation defenses will begin with a public presentation open to faculty, students, friends and family. The student will present his or her work for 20-25 minutes, followed by questions and discussion with the audience.  For the second portion, the student will meet with his or her committee for a private discussion.  Students may be asked to make revisions, and a date for completion will be discussed.  It is the student’s responsibility to make sure all relevant materials from the graduate school have been filed properly in order to graduate.

Frick Museum/Institute of Fine Arts and Philadelphia Museum of Art Symposia:

 All advanced Ph.D. students may submit an abstract of 500 words to the faculty by November 15 in order to be considered as a speaker at one of these prestigious symposia. The faculty will vote to select the speakers, giving preference to the students who are close to completing their dissertations.

For assistance with preparing for job interviews, talk, and letters of application, students can consult with the faculty on the Job Placement Committee. The committee members will rotate yearly.

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