Art History & Art Conservation


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Sarah Alford, Ph.D. Candidate

Dissertation Topic: Art Botany in 19th century British Design Reform
Major Fields of Interest: Craft and Design reform in 19th-21st century Britain and North America, Visual and Material Culture, Critical Theory
Graduate Experience: School of the Art Institute of Chicago: MFA Studio; MA Visual and Critical Studies
Undergraduate Experience: Nova Scotia College of Art and Design University: BFA Jewellery and Metalsmithing; BA Art History
Supervisor: Dr. Janice Helland


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Amber Berson, Ph.D. Candidate

Dissertation Topic: A Case for Utopian Dreaming: A Study of Labour Issues, Diversity and Community within Canadian Artist-Run Centres
Major Fields of Interest: Artist-run centres, Artist-run culture in Canada, Canadian contemporary art, institutional critique, feminist art, utopian theory
Graduate Experience: Concordia University, M.A. Art History (2010)
Undergraduate Experience: Concordia University, B.F.A. Art History (2008)
Supervisor: Dr. Susan Lord and Dr. Carla Taunton




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Lauren Bird, Ph.D. Student

Dissertation Topic: "Embodying Otherness: Fashion, Performance, and the Ballets Russes in Paris, 1909-1914"
Major Fields of Interest: 19th and 20th c. Orientalism in visual culture; performance and embodiment; fashion history; dance history; material culture; queer theory & feminism.
Graduate Experience: M.A. Art History, Concordia University (2014)
Undergraduate Experience: BA Art History; BFA Fine Art, Concordia University (2012); DEC Fine Art, Dawson College (2009)
Supervisor: Dr. Allison Morehead, Dr. Janice Helland


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Rose Brown, M.A. Candidate

Major Fields of Interest: Cultural heritage, conservation principles, UNESCO, object biography, collective memory, cultural loss, Inka architecture, the city of Cusco, 17th and 18th century Andean art
Undergraduate Experience: Queen's University, B.A. (honours), major in art history (2015)
Supervisor: Dr. Cathleen Hoeniger




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Brendan Cull, Ph.D. Student

Major Fields of Interest: Nineteenth-century photography, Canadian science images, botanical illustration, visual culture of science, international networks of science and art.
Graduate Experience: M.A. Art History (2015), Queen's University
Undergraduate Experience: B.Sc. Honours, major in Biology with a minor in Art History (2012); B.Ed. (Concurrent Education), Primary and Junior Divisions (2013); Queen’s University.
Supervisor: Dr. Joan M. Schwartz



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Marla Dobson, Ph.D. Candidate 

Major Fields of Interest: 19th century British art, Victorian genre painting, Collecting and exhibition practices, History of museums
Graduate Experience: M.A., Museum Studies, University of Toronto (2010)
Undergraduate Experience: B.A. Honours, major in History, minor in French, Carleton University (2007)
Supervisor: Dr. Janice Helland




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Julie Hollenbach, Ph.D. Candidate

Dissertation Topic: "A Cultural Analysis of Common Creativity" 
Major Fields of Interest: Contemporary art and craft; the art market and creative economies; art and activism; artist interventions; museum studies; decolonizing methodologies; sociological approaches in art history; material culture; critical race studies; queer theory; feminist theory. 
Graduate Experience: M.A. Art History, Queen's University (2013)
Undergraduate Experience: BA Art History; BFA Fine Art, NSCAD University (2008)
Supervisor: Dr. Janice Helland, Dr. Sandra Alfoldy (NSCAD)



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Beth Knazook, Ph.D. Candidate

Major Fields of Interest: Nineteenth-century photography,   photographically illustrated books, book history and print culture, photographic archives, conservation of photographs
Graduate Experience: Ryerson University and George Eastman House International Museum of Photography and Film, M.A. Photographic Preservation and Collections Management (2007)
Undergraduate Experience: University of Toronto, B.A. (Honours) Fine Art History, minor in Medieval Studies (2005)
Supervisor: Dr. Joan M. Schwartz


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Agnes E. Ladon, Ph.D. Candidate

Dissertation Topic​: Art and Arctic Sovereignty: Towards Visualizing the North as a Canadian Possession, 1920-1965
Major Fields of Interest: Canadian Historical Art, with a particular interest in early and mid twentieth-century Canadian modernist art and ideas of Canadian nationalism, national identity and cultural diplomacy; Aboriginal and Inuit visual and material culture; museological practices.
Graduate Experience: Queen's University, M.A. Art History (2012)
Undergraduate Experience: University of Toronto, Honours B.A. Art History and Aboriginal Studies, with High Distinction (2010)
Supervisor: Dr. Lynda Jessup


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Casey K. Lee, Ph.D. Candidate

Dissertation Topic: "Taste, Passion, Ambition, and Practice: Dutch Artists and Their Print Collections, 1600-1750"
Major Fields of Interest: Netherlandish Baroque art, Early Modern prints and print culture; history of collecting; the early modern art market
Graduate Experience: Queen's University, M.A. Art History (2013)
Undergraduate Experience: University of California, Riverside, B.A. Art History and Administrative Studies, magna cum laude (2009)
Supervisor: Dr. Stephanie Dickey


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Rosemary Legge, Ph.D. Candidate

Major Fields of Interest: Rococo art and culture, mirrors in 18th century interiors, Indigenous Canadian art, contemporary museum practices, and decolonization of the museum
Undergraduate Experience: Mount Allison University, B.A. (double major) in Art History and Fine Art, minor in Anthropology (2015)
Supervisor: Dr. Gauvin A. Bailey




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Isabel Luce, Ph.D. Student 

Dissertation Topic: "Picturing Domesticity: An Investigation of household objects in the Victorian home"
Major Fields of Interest: Canadian women artists, Material Culture, Victorian Interiors,19th- century and early 20th- century Canadian and British art, artist networks in Canada and England, Feminist and Post-Colonial theory 
Graduate Experience: MA Art History and Curatorial Studies at York University (2014)
MA Major Research Paper Title: "Collaborative Portraits and Montreal’s Anglophone Elite: An examination of the artistic career of Gertrude Des Clayes (1879- 1949)"
Undergraduate Experience: BA Honours Art History and Major in Canadian Studies at McGill University (2012) 
Supervisor: Dr. Janice Helland


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Chantal Manna, Ph.D. Candidate

Dissertation Topic: "Performances of Power: Ephemera and the Decorative Arts in Queen Christina of Sweden's Rome"
Major Fields of Interest: Italian Renaissance and Baroque art, visual and material culture, ephemera, issues of sexuality and gender. 
Graduate Experience: Queen's University, M.A. Art History (2013)
Undergraduate Experience: University of Toronto, B.A. (Honours) Art History, Renaissance Studies, French (2011)
Supervisor: Dr. Gauvin Bailey


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Emily Marshall, M.A. Candidate

M.A. Research Topic: Henri de Toulouse-Lautrec’s Elles portfolio
Major Fields of Interest: Nineteenth- and early twentieth-century art, fin-de-siècle, depictions of prostitution, intersections between art and science, constructions of gender, museums and curatorial practice
Undergraduate Experience: Queen's University, B.A. (Honours), Major in Art History, Arts Minor in Political Studies (2013)
Supervisor: Dr. Allison Morehead




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​Carolijn Mensing, Ph.D. Candidate

Major Fields of Interest: 15th and 16th century Netherlandish painting, prints and drawings, 16th century Portuguese art, Technical art history and the scientific examination of artworks, the art market in the Early Modern period, intercultural relationships.
Graduate Experience: MA ‘Art, market and connoisseurship’, VU University, Amsterdam, The Netherlands (2012) 
Undergraduate Experience: BA ‘Art History’, Utrecht University, The Netherlands (2011), minor in communications
Supervisor: Prof. Ron Spronk 


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Heather Merla, Ph.D. Candidate

Major Fields of Interest: Early Modern Italian visual culture, the history of science and medicine, monstrosity and the grotesque, intersections between literature and art.
Graduate Experience: M.A., Queen’s University (2011)
M.A. Major Research Paper Title: "Aberrant Identities: The Gonzales Family in Text and Image"
Undergraduate Experience: B.A. Honours, Art History, University of Guelph (2008)
Supervisor: Dr. Una D’Elia


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Anna-Maria Moubayed, Ph.D. Candidate

Dissertation Topic: "The Bodies of Eve, Luxury, and Sirens in French Medieval Sculpture"
Major Fields of Interest: Medieval Art, Eve, Women, Romanesque and Gothic France, Theology, Body, Beauty, Spolia, Romances, Pagan influences and Christianity, Cross-cultural Exchange, Art of the Crusades
Graduate Experience: Concordia University, M.A. Art History (2010)
M.A. Thesis: "Saint-Antoine-de-Padoue co-Cathedral: Christianity, Victorian Gothic Revival, and Quebec's Hybrid Culture"
Undergraduate Experience: Concordia University, B.F.A. with Distinction, major in Art History and minor in Classical Archaeology (2007)
Supervisor: Dr. Matthew Reeve



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Sheilagh Quaile, Ph.D. Candidate

Thesis: “Paisley, Scotland’s nineteenth-century shawl designers: innovators or imitators?”
Major Fields of Interest: Design history, textiles, material culture, dress and fashion, industrial history, labour history, the British Empire, and globalisation during the long nineteenth century (c.1750 to 1914)
Graduate Experience: MA Art History, Queen’s University (2015). Thesis: “Wrapped in import: Kashmiri shawls in British paintings of the long nineteenth century.”
Undergraduate Experience: BA (Hons) with distinction – major in History, minors in Art History and Studio Art, University of Guelph (2014).
Supervisor: Professor Janice Helland



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Farrukh Rafiq, Ph.D. Candidate

Major Fields of Interest: 19th-century British visual and material culture, Pre-Raphaelite Brotherhood, International reception of British art
Graduate Experience: M.A. University of Toronto (Art History)
Undergraduate Experience: Honours B.A. University of Toronto (Art History, History, Anthropology)
Supervisor: Dr. Janice Helland



Nina Schroeder, Ph.D. Candidate

Dissertation Topic: Anabaptist Visual Culture and Mennonite Engagement with Art in the Dutch Golden Age
Major Fields of Interest: Dutch Baroque history painting, Rembrandt and his circle, portraiture, sixteenth-century Netherlandish iconoclasm, and relationships between art and religious practice.
Graduate Experience: University of Oxford, M.St. History of Art and Visual Culture (2013)
Undergraduate Experience: Canadian Mennonite University, major in English literature with minors in music, theology, and psychology (2012)
Supervisor: Dr. Stephanie Dickey





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Erin Wall, Ph.D. Student

Major Fields of Interest: 19th- and early 20th- century Canadian visual and material culture; the construction, narration and imagining of Canadian identity; Canada and the British Empire; object biographies; art historiography; postcolonial studies; museum studies
Major Research Paper Title: 'A Charm to Canadian Winter Life': Identity, Exclusion, and Canadian Sleighs at the Great Exhibition of 1851"
Graduate Experience: M.A., Art History, Queen's University (2014) 
Undergraduate Experience: B.A. Honours, Art History with a minor in English, McMaster University (2011)
Supervisor: Dr. Janice Helland 



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Meaghan E. M. Whitehead, Ph.D. Candidate

Dissertation Topic: "Painted Cycles in the Residences of Henry III of England (1216-1272)"
Major Fields of Interest: Western medieval art and architecture, Plantagenet and Capetian court culture, relationships between art and liturgy, kingship, medieval wall painting, art of the crusades.
Graduate Experience: Queen’s University, M.A. Art History (2012)
M.A. Major Research Paper Title: "The Wheel of Fortune in Medieval English Art and Literature"
Undergraduate Experience: Queen’s University, B.A.H. Art History, History (2010)
Supervisor: Dr. Matthew M. Reeve