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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.

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.

Caissie, Todd

Todd Caissie is Ph.D. candidate in Art History and Cultural Heritage and Preservation Studies. He received a B.A. in Classical Archaeology from Hunter College and a B.A. in Psychology from Stony Brook University. His dissertation examines negotiations of Gallic and Roman Heritage through Roman commemorative monuments in southern France. He is interested in the art history and archaeology of the Ancient Mediterranean. Todd is also on the Board of Directors for the NB Interment Camp Museum and co-author of a chapter, “The New Brunswick Internment Camp Museum: Preserving the History of Internment Camp B-70,” in the forthcoming (2018) book “Civilian Internment in Canada: Histories and Legacies.”

Bartolome, Isabel

Position: Teaching Assistant
Email: mailto:isabel.b.bartolome@gmail.com
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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