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Graduate Students

Fee, Franchesca

Franchesca is a Ph.D. student specializing in Italian Renaissance art, with a particular focus on painting and patronage. After graduating from Penn State Erie, the Behrend College with a major in Arts Administration in 2014, she earned a Master’s degree in Art History from The Pennsylvania State University in 2016. Her research interests include ecclesiastical patronage, chapel decoration in Rome, and the intersection of art and politics. Franchesca has presented research at a number of international conferences and has held internships at the Erie Art Museum, Chautauqua Institution, the Erie Insurance Heritage Center, and the Peggy Guggenheim Collection in Venice.

Lamb Chakalova, Christina

Christina Lamb Chakalova received a B.A. from Lafayette College with a double major in Fine Art/Art History and Religious Studies in 2005. In 2012, Christina earned an M.A. in Art History with high honors from the University of Vienna. In 2015, Christina commenced with her doctoral studies in Italian Baroque painting at Rutgers under the supervision of Dr. Catherine Puglisi. Christina’s dissertation investigates practices of artistic coexistence and exchange between Italian and Austrian painters in the fashioning of the Austrian Baroque interior. Christina is also pursuing a curatorial certificate and is currently a Dodge-Lawrence Fellow at the Zimmerli Art Museum.

Jimerson, Lauren

Lauren Jimerson studies late-nineteenth and early twentieth-century art in Europe and North America, with a focus on the body, gender, female artists, and connections between art and literature. Her dissertation, “Defying Gender–Redefining the Nude: Female Artists and the Body in Early 20th century Paris,” concentrates on the artists, Émilie Charmy, Suzanne Valadon, and Marie Vassilieff. She received a Fulbright Scholarship to France in 2015 and is currently completing her dissertation in Paris with support from a Mellon Dissertation Completion Fellowship.
Lauren graduated Magna Cum Laude with a B.A. in Art History and French from Cornell University in 2007 and received an M.A. with distinction from the Courtauld Institute of Art in 2011. She has published articles in Woman’s Art Journal, The Conversation, and has spoken about female artists on the French TV channel, France 24.

Boyle, Brigid

Brigid Boyle is a Ph.D. student specializing in the art and visual culture of nineteenth-century France. After graduating summa cum laude from the University of Notre Dame in 2011 with a double major in Art History and French, she earned a Master’s degree in Art History from her alma mater. Her preliminary dissertation research focuses on Jean-Léon Gérôme’s representations of black male figures, building on longstanding interests in social constructions of masculinity and race, notions of self/other, and Orientalism. Prior to pursuing her doctoral studies, she held curatorial positions at the Nelson-Atkins Museum of Art and the Snite Museum of Art, and participated in excavations in Mursi, Albania.

Bartolome, Isabel

Position: Teaching Assistant
Office Hours: Mondays 10:00-12:00
Office Location: Skype

Isabel Bartolome-Thai studies Italian and French Baroque sculpture. She graduated with high honors from the University of California, Riverside with a B.A. in Art History. Her research interests include the cultural and artistic exchange between France and Italy, the artist as diplomat, and royal portraiture. She is writing her dissertation, in which she focuses on the ruler portraits by Gianlorenzo Bernini and explores the political and artistic implications of his portraits of Louis XIV and Bernini's influence on subsequent images of this king.

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