Graduate Students

Graduate Students

Rokhgar, Negar

Negar Rokhgar ( is a fourth-year Ph.D. Candidate in the Department of Art History at Rutgers, under the supervision of Prof. Sarah Blake McHam. Her area of concentration is Italian Renaissance art, particularly on the transported objects from the Islamic Middle East to Italian collections and paintings. She received her M.A. from the Art University of Tehran, Iran. Negar is writing her dissertation on the diplomatic gifts from Persia to Italy, between 1450 and 1700.

Weitzman, Margo

Margo Weitzman is a Ph.D. student focused on painting in Florence, Italy during the fifteenth and sixteenth centuries. She received her B.A. in fine art from DePaul University and M.A. in Humanities from the University of Chicago. In 2015, she collaborated with Dr. Ada Palmer to edit and publish a collection of essays on Homeric texts in The Bibliotheca Homerica Langiana, and the following year co-curated the exhibit Tensions in Renaissance Cities at the Special Collections Gallery at UChicago. Her primary academic interests include viewer engagement and phenomenology, urbanism, and identity formation in the Italian Renaissance.

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.

Nouril, Ksenia

Ksenia Nouril is a Doctoral Candidate in Art History at Rutgers, The State University of New Jersey. As Dodge Fellow (2011-2016, 2017-2018), she has helped organized numerous exhibitions of the Norton and Nancy Dodge Collection of Nonconformist Art from the Soviet Union at the Zimmerli Museum. During her studies, Ksenia also has worked at The Museum of Modern Art, New York, as a Research Assistant for the Thomas Walther Collection (2014) and as the Contemporary and Modern Art Perspectives (C-MAP) Fellow for Central and Eastern Europe in the International Program (2015-2017). Her dissertation examines the work of contemporary Eastern European artists who actively question and engage with history and historical representations of socialism since 1989.

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 Renaissance and Baroque art at Rutgers under the supervision of Dr. Catherine Puglisi. Christina earned a curatorial certificate from Rutgers and served as a Dodge-Lawrence Fellow at the Zimmerli Art Museum during the 2017-2018 academic year. Christina’s dissertation, "Artistic Mobility and Cultural Transfer: Prince Eugene of Savoy's Belvedere Palace in Imperial Vienna," investigates the movement of artists and art objects in central Europe during the early 18th century.