History of Art and Architecture Graduate Students
Dan Baliban studies European art from the Salon des Refusés to World War II, with special emphasis on aestheticism, formalism(s), and approaches to abstraction.
Emily Beckstrand is interested in Latin American art with an emphasis on the 18th-century and the enduring changes Spanish colonization introduced for indigenous methods of artistic expression and style. She is also interested in museum studies and the role museums play in relation to power, representation and education within a society.
Gabriela is interested in Medieval art with an emphasis on gothic architecture and the architecture of religious spaces. She is particularly interested in the historiography of these spaces. She approaches this research seeking to leverage technology as a research tool wherever possible.
Zane Casimir is interested in the complex interrelationships amidst the assembly, the activation, and the aesthetics of constructed space—virtual and otherwise. His constellation of interests includes digital games, architecture of all forms/functions, modern and contemporary art, Japanese art, and cultural material.
Jayne Cole studies global contemporary art with a focus on contemporary Chinese art in a transnational context. Her dissertation considers the history of Chinese diasporic artists living in New York City from 1970-2000.
Eric Dil is interested in art and science in the development of garden and landscape architecture, and aims to define his research as a comparative study between Europe and the United States. He wants to become a researcher that uses his knowledge to publish, teach, develop exhibition concepts and curate exhibitions.
Andrea Fowler studies modern and contemporary Japanese art and globalization. She is particularly interested in World’s Fairs, art that expands on the foundations of Ukiyo-E, and installation art that deals with the human experience.
Taylor Hayes studies ancient Mediterranean art with an emphasis in Greek sculpture and architecture. He is particularly interested in ritual space in the Greek and Roman worlds, as well as the way antiquity has been utilized by artists throughout time.
Jessica M. Johnson
Jessica M. Johnson studies Early Modern art with an emphasis on 17th and 18th-century British art and its global contexts. She is particularly interested in portraiture and the visual representation of people of color during this period.
Zoey Kambour specializes in medieval manuscripts and studies the Iberian Peninsula in the early medieval period. She is particularly interested in the cross-cultural artistic exchange between al-Andalus and the Northern Spanish Christian kingdoms. Her Master’s thesis investigates the possible correlation between socio-political events in the Iberian Peninsula and the artistic change in eleventh century Beatus manuscripts.
Jon Kerr studies ancient Mediterranean art and material culture with an interest in the intersection of race, gender, and social status in the representations of the sub-elite, particularly those involved in food production. Additionally, he is enthusiastic about cultural exchange and hybridity in art.
Zoe Lalonde specializes in modern and contemporary Japanese art, globalization, and visual media in Japanese popular culture.
Adam Langan studies the art and architecture of the ancient Mediterranean world. His research interests include Greek and Roman art from the Hellenistic period to the fall of the Western Roman Empire. He earned his BA’s in Art History and Anthropology at the University of South Alabama.
Emily Lawhead specializes in contemporary Japanese art and new media. She is interested in the globalization of the art world, intersections of art and technology, and variable media conservation.
Alexis Moon enjoys studying unique art-making techniques and is particularly interested in material constructions that distinguish fine art from craft. For her undergraduate thesis, Alexis studied intersections between the scientific method and artmaking in the context of post-war Los Angeles, defined in the “L.A. Look” moment, frequently identified as “West-Coast Minimalism.”. At the University of Oregon, Moon is excited to continue investigating unique applications of media in varying contexts.
Christin Newell is interested in glocalization and how it has become integrated into Asian countries, history of Japanese prints, the Cultural Revolution in China, and politics in art and how they were used in South Korea, China and Japan. In addition, she enjoys Western European and Middle Eastern art from France, Italy, Spain, and Egypt.
Raechel Root’s work focuses on the intersection of modern and contemporary art and issues of space, landscape, urbanism, and environment. Within that realm, she has researched land-based practices, participatory art and design, aesthetics of gentrification, critical cartography, queer ecology, feminist spatial practice, flanerie, public art, and contemporary architecture.
Sammy Shaw specializes in Modern Art and Comparative Literature, with an emphasis on Scandinavia and German Expressionism. She is also interested in Latin American & Mexican Modernism as well as Feudal Japanese art.
Joe Sussi is interested in the art of the Americas with an emphasis on contemporary environmental art practices, post-nature, ecocritical art history, land-use politics, nuclear aesthetics, and truth-formation.