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San Martin, Florencia

Florencia San Martín is a 6th year Ph.D. candidate in the Department of Art History at Rutgers University, where she is working under the tutelage of Dr. Tatiana Flores on her dissertation titled “The art of Alfredo Jaar: Representing memory, humanitarian crisis, and power relations through the lens of decoloniality.” She holds an MFA from NYU and a BA from Catholic University in Chile. A contributor for Latin American art magazines ArtNexus and Artishock, she has published academic articles and collaborated in several book chapters and exhibition catalogues on artists from Latin America and Latin American art. She has also taught courses on art history and Latin American art as an adjunct lecturer at the College of Staten Island/CUNY from 2015 to 2016, and prior moving to the US in 2010, she taught courses on Chilean art and photography in several universities in Chile. Currently the 2017-18 Patricia and Phillip Frost Predoctoral fellow at the Smithsonian American Art Museum in Washington D.C., her doctoral studies and research have also been supported by the Center of Cultural Analysis at Rutgers from 2016-17, and CONICYT, the Chilean Commission for Scientific and Technological Research, from 2012 to 2016.

Shaw, Hannah

Hannah Shaw is a Ph.D. candidate specializing in the history of photography, with a minor field in medieval art. Her dissertation, “August Sander and the Photographic Conditions of Nazi-Era Germany,” considers how Weimar-era photographers and photographic strategies were integrated into the visual culture of National Socialism. As the Graduate Curatorial Assistant within the Department of American Art at the Zimmerli Art Museum (2016-2017), she assisted with the exhibition “Subjective Objective: A Century of Social Photography,” and curated “It's Just a Job: Bill Owens and Studs Terkel on Working in 1970s America” (2018). She received a graduate research fellowship from the German Academic Exchange Service (DAAD) in 2017-2018.

van Donkersgoed, Joëlla


Joëlla van Donkersgoed (PhD Candidate) has a BA and MA in Archaeological Heritage Management from Leiden University (The Netherlands) and is currently enrolled as PhD student in Cultural Heritage and Preservation Studies at the Department of Art History at Rutgers University. She is currently working on a project to enlist the Banda Islands (Indonesia) on the UNESCO World Heritage List as a mixed site. The Banda Islands also form the case study for her dissertation research, in which she will explore the physical and intangible fabric that make up this unique cultural landscape.

Joëlla is a PhD candidate in the program of Cultural Heritage and Preservation Studies in the department of Art History at Rutgers, the State University of New Jersey. She obtained her B.A in Archaeology (2011) and M.A. degree in Archaeological Heritage Management in a World Context (2014) at the Faculty of Archaeology at Leiden University, the Netherlands.

Her research is focused on the current post-colonial landscape of the Banda Islands in the province Moluccas in Indonesia. She co-authored a chapter with Jessica Brown in Intangible Cultural Heritage and Contemporary Culture: a Law and Heritage Exploration, a peer-reviewed volume which is currently in press at Edward Elgar Publishing. Alongside her dissertation research she consults the process for the cultural landscape of the Banda Islands to become a mixed site for the UNESCO World Heritage List.

Mingoia, Jessica

Jessica Mingoia earned her BA in History with a concentration in the Ancient World from SUNY New Paltz followed by her MA from NYU's Institute of Fine Arts with a focus in Roman Art, Architecture, and Archaeology. Her MA thesis titled “The Business of Hospitality and the Praedia of Julia Felix at Pompeii” served to contradict negative, ancient literary stereotypes of the hospitality industry in the Roman Empire through examination and classification of the often misunderstood Pompeiian complex, the Praedia of Julia Felix. She entered Rutgers as a third year student and intends to expand her research on the taverns, inns, and rental apartments in the Roman world for her dissertation.

Punj, Nandita

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