Kathleen Pierce is a Ph.D. candidate in the Department of Art History. She currently holds a Mellon Dissertation Completion Fellowship. Her dissertation, titled "Surface Tension: Skin, Disease, and Visuality in Third Republic France," examines a broad range of objects—from dermatological illustrations and wax-cast moulages, to public health posters and vanguard painting—to understand relationships between the surface of the modern body and the surface in modern painting in fin-de-siècle France and its colonies. She has previously held a Graduate Fellowship at the Rutgers Center for Cultural Analysis Seminar in the Medical Humanities. Her article, "Scarified Skin and Simian Symptoms: Experimental Medicine and Picasso's Les Demoiselles d'Avignon," recently appeared in Nineteenth-Century Art Worldwide.