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Amber Wiley

Amber specializes in architecture, urbanism, and African American cultural studies. Her research interests are centered on the social aspects of design and how it affects urban communities - architecture as a literal and figural structure of power. She focuses on the ways local and national bodies have made the claim for the dominating narrative and collective memory of cities and examines how preservation and public history contribute to the creation and maintenance of the identity and “sense of place” of a city.

She has contributed chapters to three edited volumes: Designing Schools: Space, Place and Pedagogy (Routledge, 2017), Bending the Future Fifty Ideas for the Next Fifty Years of Historic Preservation in the United States (University of Massachusetts Press, 2016), and Walking in Cities: Quotidian Mobility as Urban Theory, Method, and Practice (Temple University Press, 2015). She was awarded the 2014 Bishir Prize from the Vernacular Architecture Forum for her article “The Dunbar High School Dilemma: Architecture, Power, and African-American Cultural Heritage.” Her research and public history work has been featured in CityLab, Architect, Offbeat, American Scholar, and the Journal of Digital Humanities. Amber is also a photographer, and her work reflects her research and teaching interests. She has exhibited at the Ogden Museum of Southern Art, The Project Box, and L'Entrepôt Gallery. She is currently working on a manuscript entitled Concrete Solutions: Brutalism and Black Power in the Nation’s Capital.

Her teaching approach mirrors her dedication to critical thinking about the human condition in the built environment, and the creation, evolution, and maintenance of cities, neighborhoods, and communities. She strives to actively engage in discourses that are significant across academic fields. Her theoretical and analytic background was founded in art and architectural history methodology, as well as the interdisciplinary methods of American Studies. She combines analysis of aesthetics and socio-cultural influences on community building with questions about the meaning of culture, authority, and agency.

Amber was named a 2016 Emerging Scholar by Diverse: Issues in Higher Education magazine and was awarded the inaugural H. Allen Brooks Travelling Fellowship from the Society of Architectural Historians. She traveled to Mexico, Guatemala, Ghana, Ethiopia, India, and Vietnam during the 2014-2015 academic year. She is a member of the National Park System Advisory Board Landmarks Committee and the Progressive Preservation Network steering committee.

Ph.D. in American Studies, George Washington University

Master's in Architectural History and Certificate in Historic Preservation from the University of Virginia School of Architecture

B.A. in Architecture from Yale University


Current Interests & Research

Brutalist architecture and its legacy

Intersections between social justice and design

Historiography of African Americans in architecture, city planning, landscape, historic preservation

New approaches to public history and cultural heritage

Undergraduate Classes

African-American Art


Graduate Classes

Washington: Symbol and City



Concrete Solutions: Brutalism and Black Power in the Nation’s Capital (Manuscript in Progress)



“Revisiting the Dunbar High School Dilemma,” Giving Preservation a History: Histories of Historic Preservation in the United States, 2 ed. Edited by Max Page and Randall Mason (London, New York, NY: Routledge, forthcoming)

“Firmitas, Utilitas, Profectus: The Architecture of Exploitation in Ghana,” Architectural Guide: Sub-Saharan Africa. Edited by Philipp Meuser, Adil Dalbai and Ingrid Stegmann (Berlin: DOM publishers, forthcoming 2018)

“A Model School for a Model City: Shaw Junior High School as a Monument to Planning Reform,” Designing Schools: Space, Place and Pedagogy. Edited by Julie Willis and Kate Darian-Smith (London, New York, NY: Routledge, 2017): 158-174

“A Modern-Day WPA,” Bending the Future: Fifty Ideas for the Next Fifty Years of Historic Preservation in the United StatesEdited by Max Page and Marla R. Miller (Amherst: University of Massachusetts Press, 2016): 261-264

“Geography, Planning, and Performing Mobility in New Orleans,” Walking in Cities: Quotidian Mobility as Urban Theory, Method, and Practice. Edited by Timothy Shortell and Evrick Brown (Philadelphia: Temple University Press, 2016): 177-196



The Dunbar High School Dilemma: Architecture, Power, and African American Cultural Heritage,” Buildings & Landscapes 20 no. 1 (Spring 2013): 95-128



Carlos Manuel Rosario,” Washington History 30 no. 1 (Spring 2018): 48-49

“Amber N. Wiley on Teaching with the Tang Collection,” Accelerate: Access and Inclusion at the Tang Teaching Museum. Edited by Ian Berry and Rebecca McNamara (Saratoga Springs, NY: Frances Young Tang Teaching Museum and Art Gallery, 2017): 8-9

“Carrie Mae Weems, When and Where I Enter the British Museum,” Accelerate: Access and Inclusion at the Tang Teaching Museum. Edited by Ian Berry and Rebecca McNamara (Saratoga Springs, NY: Frances Young Tang Teaching Museum and Art Gallery, 2017): 10-13

An American in Saigon,” Architect Magazine (June 8, 2015)

Notes From the Golden Triangle,” Architect Magazine (April 10, 2015)

Schools and Prisons,” The Aggregate website 2 (March 2015)


The Roots of Urban Renaissance: Gentrification and the Struggle over Harlem, Journal of Architectural Education (January 16, 2018)

Dark Space: Architecture, Representation, Black Identity, Journal of the Society of Architectural Historians 76 no. 2 (June 2017): 252-254

Designing the Creative Child: Playthings and Places in Midcentury America, Journal of Design History 27 no. 3 (September 2014): 314-316

“Integrating Architecture into Digital and Public Humanities: Sites and Sounds + MediaNOLA,” Journal of Digital Humanities 2 no. 2 (Spring 2013)

Washington's U Street: A Biography. H-Net: Humanities and Social Sciences Online. (September 2011)



2015 “Wanderlust: Nomadic Interpretations of Contemporary Africa,” The Project Box, Oklahoma City, OK (Curator: Ebony Iman Dallas, Founder of Afrikanation Artists Organization)

2013 “Louisiana Contemporary,” Ogden Museum of Southern Art, New Orleans, LA (Juror: Franklin Sirmans, Director of the Pérez Art Museum Miami, FL)

2012 “Louisiana Contemporary,” Ogden Museum of Southern Art, New Orleans, LA (Juror: Rene Paul Barilleaux, Head of Curatorial Affairs of the McNay Art Museum of San Antonio, TX)

2012 “Bombay Sapphire Artisan Series Semifinal,” L’Entrepôt Gallery, New Orleans, LA

Sears, Tamara

Tamara I. Sears


Aug. 2004 Ph.D., History of Art, University of Pennsylvania
May 1996 B.A., Art History (high honors), Wesleyan University, Middletown, CT


South Asian art and architectural history, including traditions connected to Hinduism, Buddhism, Jainism, and Islam; Ancient and medieval architecture; Colonial historiography; Landscape studies; Environmental approaches to art history; Iconology; Transregional studies



Worldly Gurus and Spiritual Kings: Architecture and Asceticism in Medieval India (New Haven and London: Yale University Press, 2014).
 Winner of PROSE Award in the category of Architecture and Urban Planning, for Excellence in Professional and Scholarly Publishing by the American Association of Publishers

Mobility, Mercantile Communities, and the Transmission of Architectural Knowledge in Medieval India (special issue of Ars Orientalis, co-edited w/ Nachiket Chanchani, No. 45)



“Mobile Communities and Temple Towns: Kadwāhā at the Turn of the First Millennium A.D.,” in Contextualizing Material Culture in South and Central Asia, vol. 2, edited by Ute Franke and Verena Widorn, South Asian Archaeology 2010 (Brepols, 2016), 345-359.

“Following River Routes and Artistic Transmissions in Medieval Central India,” Ars Orientalis 45 (2015): 43-77.

“Reconsidering Kadwaha's Temples: History, Chronology, and Patronage,” in Prāsāda-nidhi: Studies in Indian Temple Architecture and Sculpture, A felicitation volume in honour of Professor M.A. Dhaky, edited by Parul Pandya Dhar and Gerd J. R. Mevissen (Delhi: Aryan International, 2015), 67-83.

“In the Gaze of the Guru: Shikshadana Scenes at Khajuraho,” in Art, Architecture and Iconography in South Asia A Felicitation Volume in Honour of Dr. Devangana Desai, edited by Anila Verghese and Anna L. Dallapiccola (Delhi: Aryan Books, 2015), 151-168.

“Encountering Ascetics On and Beyond the Indian Temple Wall,” in History and Material Culture in Asian Religions, edited by Benjamin Fleming and Richard Mann (London: Routledge, 2014), 172-94.

“Mapping Omkareshvara’s Early Medieval Past: Following Sculptural Fragments along the Parikrama Path,” in Patrimoine Culturel de L’Eau: Cities and Settlements, Temples and Tanks in Central India, edited by Michael Willis, et. al. (Bhopal : Directorate of Archaeology, Archives and Museums, Govt. of M.P., 2014), 113-132.

“From Guru to God: Yogic Prowess and Places of Practice in Early-Medieval India,” in Yoga: The Art of Transformation, edited by Debra Diamond (Washington, D.C.: Arthur M. Sackler Gallery, 2013), 47-57.

“Building Beyond the Temple: Sacred Centers and Living Communities in Medieval Central India,” in A Companion to Asian Art and Architecture, edited by Rebecca Brown and Deborah Hutton (Oxford: Wiley-Blackwell, 2011), 123-152.

“Fortified Maṭhas and Fortress Mosques: The Reuse of Hindu Monastic Sites in the Sultanate Period,” Archives of Asian Art 59 (2009): 7-31.

“Constructing the Guru: Ritual Authority and Architectural Space in Medieval India,” The Art Bulletin 40, no. 1 (March 2008): 7-31.

“Śaiva Monastic Complexes in Twelfth-Century Rajasthan: The Pāśupatas and Cāhamānas at Menāl,” South Asian Studies 23 (2007): 107-26.

“‘Whither Vernacular?’: Discussions from the Seminar,” in Traditional and Vernacular Architecture, edited by Subashree Krishnaswami (Madras: Madras Craft Foundation, 2003), 133-40.


Art of India (undergraduate lecture)
Introduction to Asian Art (undergraduate lecture)
Nature, Landscape, and Environmental Art History (graduate seminar)


Rutgers Board of Trustees Research Fellowship for Scholarly Excellence (2017)
Clark Art Institute (2017)
National Humanities Center (2016)
Dumbarton Oaks Research Library, Garden and Landscape Studies Program (2015-2016)
Fulbright-Nehru Senior Research Fellowship, India (2012)
J. Paul Getty Trust Postdoctoral Research Fellowship (non-residential) (2008-2009)
Society of Architectural Historians (2006)
Fulbright-Hays Doctoral Dissertation Research Abroad Fellowship (2001)

Sharp, Jane Ashton

Position: Associate Professor
Phone: 732-932-6772
Office Hours: Thursdays 2:00-4:00 and by appointment
Office Location: 60 College Ave., Rm 301

Twentieth Century Art, Russian and Soviet Art, Soviet Nonconformist Art

Ph.D. Yale University

Biographical Information:

Dr. Sharp is Associate Professor in the Department of Art History and acts as Research Curator of the Dodge Collection at the Zimmerli Art Museum. In addition to teaching she has engaged students in curating and writing for exhibitions that explored abstract painting and Moscow conceptualist art in the Dodge Collection. While at Rutgers she has curated over ten exhibitions drawing from the Dodge Collection and recently curated the reinstallation of the Dodge Collection (2012). She is currently engaged in research for a book on abstract painting in Russia during and after the Thaw (1956-1991).

Her book,
Russian Modernism Between East and West: Natalia Goncharova and the Moscow Avant-Garde, 1905-1914.  (Cambridge University Press, 2006) was awarded the Robert Motherwell Prize from the Dedalus Foundation.

Dr. Sharp has served as editor of the Zimmerli Journal, volumes 1, and 5 (2008, 2003), part 1 (Soviet Nonconformist and Russian Art). She has published extensively on the prerevolutionary Russian avant-garde, and Soviet unofficial art (see attached C.V.).


Russian Modernism between East and West: Natal’ia Goncharova and the Moscow Avant-Garde, 1905-1914. New York and Cambridge: Cambridge University Press, 2006. Awarded the Robert Motherwell Prize by the Dedalus Foundation, 2007.

Select Publications:

“Stsenicheskii dizain, ornament I svoeobrazie kopii v iskusstve Natalii Goncharovoi.” Nataliia Goncharova. Mezhdu Vostokom I Zapadom. I.A. Vakar, ed. Exhibition Catalogue. Moscow: State Tretiakov Gallery, 2013, 64-75.

Jane Sharp

 “The Revolutionary Art of Natalia Goncharova and Mikhail Larionov.” The Russian Avant-Garde and Radical Modernism: An Introductory Reader (Cultural Syllabus). Dennis G. Ioffe & Frederick H. White, eds. Brighton MA: Academic Studies Press, 2012.

“Natalia Gontcharova, Michel Larionov et les limites du cubisme.” Marc Chagall et l’avant-garde russe. Exhibition Catalogue, Angela Lampe, ed. Paris: Musée national d’art moderne, Centre Georges Pompidou, 2011, 74-79.

“Inside the Gap: Art of the Georgian Diaspora (New York, London, Düsseldorf).”  Born in Georgia. Exhibition Catalogue, Jan Hein Sassen, ed. The Cobra Museum, Amsterdam, 2009, 17-27.

 “Makarevich/Elagina and New Histories of Russian Modernism.” Makarevich and Elagina: Mushrooms of the Avant-Garde. Nadim Julien Samman, ed. London: [Art]iculate Art Fund, 2008, 25-31.

Long List of Publications




sharp3a Toshiharu Omuka, Neil McWilliam, John Clark and Jane Sharp at CIHA, "Other Modernities", London 2000

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Current Interests & Research:

Critical debates in Soviet art after 1953
Conceptual art in the former Soviet Union and Eastern Europe
Russian avant-gardes before and after the 1917 revolutions
Art in the postwar Soviet Period
Late 20th-century abstract painting in the former Soviet Union

Undergraduate Classes Taught:

Russian Avant-Gardes of the Twentieth Century
Dissidence and "nonconformist" strategies in Soviet Art
Soviet Art, Nonconformist and Other
Modernism between East and West: Central and East-European Art 1900-1990
Globalization and Modernist Art
Art in the One Party State (Russia, Germany, Italy and China)
Sculpture "in the Expanded Field"
Conceptual Art
20th Century Art of the Soviet Republics

Graduate Classes Taught:

Theories of the Avant-Garde
Utopias and Realities: The Social Uses of Art in Central and Eastern Europe
Primitivism and Difference
Abstract Painting "Once Removed"
Approaches to the History of Art
Global Conceptualisms











Rico, Trinidad

Position: Assistant Professor and Director of CHAPS
Phone: (848) 932-1301

Cultural Heritage and Preservation Studies

Ph.D. (Anthropology) Stanford University

M.A. (Cultural and Social Anthropology) Stanford University

M.A. (Principles of Conservation) University College London

B.A. (Archaeology) University of Cambridge

Assistant Professor, Department of Art History and Associate Member of Graduate Faculty, Department of Anthropology. She is also Senior Honorary Lecturer at the Institute of Archaeology of University College London and currently serving in the Executive Committee of the Association of Critical Heritage Studies.

Dr Rico's areas of research in critical heritage studies include risk, Islamic materiality, ethnography and the vernacularization of heritage discourses and expertise and heritage ethics. Her current research projects focus on the mobilization of Islamic values in the Arabian Peninsula and the study of heritage and secrecy in South America. She is co-editor of Cultural Heritage in the Arabian Peninsula (Ashgate, 2014) and Heritage Keywords: Rhetoric and Redescription in Cultural Heritage (University Press of Colorado, 2015); as well as author of Constructing Destruction: Heritage narratives in the tsunami city (UCL Institute of Archaeology Critical Cultural Heritage Series, Routledge 2016). She is also founding editor of the series Heritage Studies in the Muslim World (Palgrave Macmillan) and editor of the first volume of the series, The Making of Islamic Heritage: Muslim Pasts and Heritage Presents (2017).

Select Publications:


The Making of Islamic Heritage: Muslim Pasts and Heritage Presents, Heritage Studies in the Muslim World Series, ed. Trinidad Rico (New York: Palgrave Macmillan, 2017).

Constructing Destruction: Heritage Narratives in the Tsunami City. UCL Institute of Archaeology Critical Cultural Heritage Series (New York and London: Routledge, 2016).

Heritage Keywords: Rhetoric and Redescription in Cultural Heritage, eds. Kathryn Lafrenz-Samuels and Trinidad Rico (Boulder: University Press of Colorado, 2015).

Cultural Heritage in the Arabian Peninsula: Debates, Discourses and Practices, eds. Karen Exell and Trinidad Rico (Farnham: Ashgate, 2014).


“Stakeholder in practice: ‘us’, ‘them,’ and the problem of expertise,” in Archaeologies of ‘Us’ and ‘Them’: Debating the Politics of Ethnicity and Indigeneity in Archaeology and Heritage Discourse, (eds) Charlotta Hillerdal, Anna Karlström, Carl-Gösta Ojala, (Abingdon and New York: Routledge, 2017), 38-52.

"Technology, Technocracy, and the Promise of “Alternative” Heritage Values," in Heritage in Action, eds. H. Silverman, E. Waterton and S. Watson (New York: Springer Press, 2016), 217-230.

“Heritage at Risk: The Authority and Autonomy of a Dominant Preservation Framework,” in Heritage Keywords: Rhetoric and Redescription in Cultural Heritage, eds. K. Lafrenz-Samuels and T. Rico (Boulder: University Press of Colorado, 2015), 147-162.

“The Limits of a ‘Heritageat Risk’ Framework:The Construction ofPost-Disaster CulturalHeritage in Banda Aceh,Indonesia,” Journal of Social Archaeology 14.2 (2014): 157-176.

“Islamophobia and the Location of Heritage Debates in the Arabian Peninsula,” in Cultural Heritage in the Arabian Peninsula: Debates, Discourses and Practices, eds. K. Exell and T. Rico (Farnham, Surrey: Ashgate, 2014), 19-32.

Fellowships and Awards:

AHRC Global Challenges Research Fund Innovation Fund, UK (International co-Investigator, 2016-2017)

UCL Global Engagement Strategy Leadership Fund (International Partner Investigator, 2016-2017)

Universidad de los Lagos, Chile, Programa Nucleos de Investigacion Cientifica y Tecnologica (International Partner Investigator, 2016-2017)

Qatar National Research Fund – National Priorities Research Program (co-Lead Principal Investigator, 2015-2018)

Qatar National Research Fund – National Priorities Research Program (Principal Investigator, 2015-2017)


Elected member of the Executive Committee of the Association for Critical Heritage Studies, 2016-2018 [link:].

Founding editor of the series Heritage Studies in the Muslim World (Palgrave Macmillan, [link:]).

Sidlauskas, Susan

Position: Professor
Phone: (848) 932-1227
Office Hours: Wednesdays 3:00-5:00 and by appointment
Office Location: Beck Hall Livinston, Rm 213

19th Century

sidlauskasbookAbout Susan Sidlauskas

Biographical Information

My primary research interests are concentrated upon the long nineteenth-century, a period when so many of the ideas and art forms that have shaped our culture emerged: Darwin’s theory of evolution, the study of psychology, film, photography, new models of time, as well as a host of radical new forms of visual art and literature.   Both my teaching and research are dedicated to finding a way to demonstrate how those seismic cultural, social, and psychological changes are embedded in the visual structures of the most innovative historical objects we study. Many of my projects have revolved around identifying the traces of how artists collectively imagined the relation of the ever-changing 19th century “self” to its private and public worlds.  I am affiliated with the Department of Women’s and Gender Studies, and a co-founder of a working group on the medical humanities, in collaboration with the Robert Wood Johnson School of Biological Sciences, that is now based at Rutgers’ Center for Cultural Analysis.  I came to Rutgers in 2005, after teaching at the University of Pennsylvania for twelve years.

Undergraduate Classes Taught:

Rethinking the Portrait: seminar. A consideration of an historical form that has enjoyed a resurgence in contemporary art, considering American and European images from 1800 to the present.

The Art of the Body: The Visual Culture of Medicine (with Tanya Sheehan): An interdisciplinary course about the intersection of science and visual culture, intended to appeal to undergraduates from the sciences, social sciences, humanities, and fine arts.

Realism: undergraduate lecture. The course begins with the art of the French Revolution and concludes with the archetypal “realist”, Gustave Courbet. Works of art are located in larger historical and theoretical contexts.

Impressionism: The emphasis is on the emergence of leisure to 19th century painting, as well as the political and architectural changes in Paris that made it such a key subject in early modernity.

Graduate Classes Taught:

The Body in 19th Century Art: The representation of the body is historicized and located in a wider cultural, social, and economic context.

Portraiture: Theory and Practice: An examination of historical and contemporary theories about portraiture, in relation to the work of modern artists in a variety of media.

Methods in the History of Art: Introduction to key historical and theoretical texts.


Striking Resemblance: The Changing Art of Portraiture, ed. with Donna Gustafson, exh. cat. Zimmerli Museum, Rutgers University and Prestel, London and New York, 2014

Cézanne’s Other: The Portraits of Hortense, University of California Press, 2009
Body, Place and Self in Nineteenth-Century Painting, Cambridge University Press, 2000

Ongoing Book Projects:
Skins: The Metamorphoses of John Singer Sargent. A book on the late portraits.
Select Publications:

“Inside Out: Cézanne’s Perforated Wall,” forthcoming in Ewa Lajer-Burcharth and Beata Sontgen, eds. Interiors and Interiority, part of a project on Cézanne’s ‘Domestic Uncanny.’

 “The Spectacle of the Face: Manet’s Portrait of Victorine Meurent,” in Therese Dolan, ed. New Perspectives on Manet, Ashgate Press, London, 2012, the first in a series of essays about Manet and contemporary art.

 “The Not-Beautiful: A Counter-Theme in the History of Women’s Portraiture,” from Picturing Women¸ a collection of essays edited by Susan Shifrin.
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Notes (PDF)

"Emotion, Color, Cézanne (The Portraits of Hortense)" Nineteenth-Century Art Worldwide (Autumn 2004):

"Breaking the Mold," Zimmerli Art Museum, Exhibition (Oct. 23, 2005 - March 12, 2006):

Edgar Germain Hilaire Degas, "The Milliners," The Getty Museum, New Acquisition:

Rutgers University, Department of Women's Studies

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