Müge Arseven, Columbia University

Müge entered Columbia University Art History and Archaeology Department’s Ph.D. program in 2014 as a Fulbright scholar and is primarily interested in the ancient art and architecture of Greece, Anatolia, and the Near East. She received her B.A. in architecture and landscape architecture (2013), as well as her MA in architectural history (2014), from Istanbul Technical University. In her master’s thesis, Müge catalogued and analyzed the archaic architectural pieces from Larisa/Buruncuk in the Aeolis region of western Asia Minor. She also participated in the 2013 survey of this site and is currently a member of Columbia University’s excavations at the Sanctuary of Poseidon at Onchestos. Her other research interests include the history of archaeology, particularly in the Ottoman Empire, and the reception and propagandistic use of archaeological heritage in Turkey. In her dissertation, Müge will study the representations of sacred architecture in Ancient Greek vase painting and relief sculpture. Her dissertation research is generously supported by a Riggio Fellowship in Art History (2017-18).

Robert J. Barnes, Bryn Mawr College

RJ is a graduate student in the Classics department at Bryn Mawr College. His work tends to focus on the intellectual history of Greece and Rome and, in particular, the ways in which Greeks and Romans make sense of their own art and literature. Currently, he is working on how features of religion and magic are integrated into meta-discourse about art and aesthetics. His dissertation traces the way the language of magical enchantment is used in ancient philosophy, rhetoric, and literary criticism in order to articulate certain styles and effects of speech. Apart from this, he has an abiding interest in ancient comedy – especially, in how the comic genre and the phenomena of humor and laughter were experienced and made sense of by ancient Greeks and Romans over time and in different locations.

Savannah Bishop, Brandeis University

Savannah Bishop is a recent graduate of the Brandeis University Ancient Greek and Roman Studies Master program. She has spent her academic career gaining proficiency in and furthering her knowledge of material culture and archaeological practice through intensive coursework and fieldwork. Her research interests include archaeological science, material culture, daily life, and the digital humanities. For the past year she has acted as Supervisor for both the Brandeis Classical Studies Artifact Research collection (CLARC) as well as the interns therein employed;  she is the current Acquisitions Editor for the Journal Preternature. Savannah continues to engage in research and fieldwork in the pursuit of furthering her understanding of the ancient world.

Virginia Girard, Columbia University

Virginia Girard is a Ph.D. student in the department of Art History and Archaeology at Columbia University. Her research focuses on the intersections of art and science in Europe and North America from the Early Modern period through the 20th century. She is particularly interested in cross-disciplinary approaches to art history that draw from fields such as environmental studies and neuroscience. Prior to coming to Columbia, Virginia completed her M.A. at the Courtauld Institute of Art (2018) and her B.A. at Cornell University (2017). She has held positions at the Courtauld Institute’s Witt & Conway Library, Pace Gallery, the Anderson Collection at Stanford University, and the Fine Arts Museums of San Francisco. 

Jenni Glaser, Bryn Mawr College

Jenni is pursuing her M.A. in the department of Greek, Latin and Classical Studies. She earned a B.A. from Biola University in 2008 and an M.A. in Classical Philology from Fordham University in 2013. Her current projects include work on Aristophanes, Seneca, and ancient emotion.

Wesley Hanson, University of Pennsylvania

Wesley Hanson is a Ph.D. candidate at the University of Pennsylvania where he is writing a dissertation on Suetonius’ organizational principles. His BA is from UC Davis, where he studied both English and Classics and wrote an undergraduate thesis on Sallust’s Bellum Catilinae, and his MA is from the University of Kansas, where he wrote an MA thesis on Caesar’s Gallic Wars. He is interested in Latin prose broadly and history / biography specifically in addition to theories of form, genre, and prose style.

Taylor Hobson, Bryn Mawr College

Taylor Hobson is a doctoral candidate in the History of Art at Bryn Mawr College, where he specializes in contemporary art and its intersection with film and media studies. His dissertation explores light projection as a phenomenon that connects moving-image spectatorship with the expanded technologies of video art. Focusing on artists Jim Campbell, Douglas Gordon, and Janet Cardiff, Taylor follows the traces of the cinematic experience within the multimedia installations of current visual culture. Taylor received his master’s from The University of Georgia in 2014 and a certificate in cinematography from New York University after graduating with a bachelor’s degree in 2008 from Georgetown University. In addition to his public lectures at the Philadelphia Museum of Art, he has served as an adjunct professor at the Savannah College of Art and Design.

Emily Leifer, Bryn Mawr College

Emily Leifer is a PhD student in the History of Art at Bryn Mawr College. She received her MA from Williams College and her BA from Brandeis University. Her research focuses on the intersection of art, science, and technology in the Cold War era. Her current project examines installation art in 1970s Los Angeles and its relation to the Environmentalist movement.

Isabelle Martin, University of Illinois at Chicago

Isabelle Martin is a master’s student in Art History at the University of Illinois at Chicago, where she studies representations of racial and cultural identity in contemporary American art. She received her B.A. in Art History and Visual Studies with a minor in Music Performance from the University of Kentucky. Isabelle’s other research interests include published in Trans-Scripts, the student-edited interdisciplinary humanities journal based at the University of California, Irvine, and the International Journal of Comic Art (forthcoming September 2019). She is currently working on her master’s thesis on two photographic series by the Chicago-based artist Dawoud Bey.

Jenna Marvin, Yale University Art Gallery

Jenna Marvin is the Marcia Brady Tucker Curatorial Fellow in Photography at the Yale University Art Gallery. She is a 2019 graduate of the Williams College / The Clark Art Institute masters program in the history of art. Informed by her B.A. from the University of North Carolina, Chapel Hill (2015), where she studied under Dr. Mary Sheriff, Marvin’s scholarship focuses on photography from the nineteenth century to the present, particularly its intersections with science, technology, and medicine, as well as the medium’s material reality as a chemical process. Prior to matriculating to Williams and The Clark, Marvin worked as a Gallery Associate at Alexander Gray Associates in New York City.

Jenna Sarchio, University of Chicago

Jenna Sarchio has a B.A. from Vassar College and is currently a Ph.D. candidate in Classics at the University of Chicago, where she’s working on Roman elegiac poetry.

Claire Seidler, Emory University

Claire Seidler is a second year Ph.D. student in the art history department of Emory University studying Greek architecture under the direction of Dr. Bonna Wescoat and plans to minor in Egyptian Art with Dr. Rune Nyord. She graduated from NYU with a B.A. in Classics-Fine arts with a particular interest in Greek architecture. While studying at Emory, she has focused her interests on Hellenistic art and architecture with a qualifying paper focusing on stylistic and technical aspects of the terracotta roof of the stoa in the Sanctuary of the Great Gods on Samothrace. As she continues with her Ph.D. she plans to focus her research on Samothrace with its rich religious and architectural program.

Zach Silvia, Bryn Mawr College

Zach Silvia is a Ph.D. Candidate in the Department of Classical and Near Eastern Archaeology at Bryn Mawr College, where he specializes in the archaeology and history of Central Asia and the Near East during the Hellenistic Period. Drawing upon data obtained as a member of the Joint Uzbek American Expedition to Bukhara, remote sensing techniques, settlement archaeology, and the breath of underappreciated archaeological scholarship of the former Soviet Union, Zach draws attention to the diverse lifeways of Central Asian rural populations and their response to Greco-Macedonian colonization in elite centers. Zach also has a strong research interest in esotericism and occult thinking in Near Eastern antiquity and its reception in the modern intellectual tradition, as well as the reception of the archaeological past in modern New Age occult movements. He holds an M.Sc. in Archaeology from the University of Edinburgh and an M.A. from Bryn Mawr College, which focused on the significance of lapis lazuli and its trade in ancient Mesopotamian elite cosmology.

Benjamin Stolurow, Johns Hopkins University

Ben Stolurow is a third year Ph.D. candidate in the History of Art at Johns Hopkins University.  His research centers on early modern Northern Europe in its global context and addresses issues of identity, both individual and collective, in relation to early modern visual culture.  Ben was the recipient of the 2019 Roth Fellowship from Johns Hopkins University, which allowed him to travel to Germany, the Netherlands, and Belgium, where he attended the Summer Course for the Study of Arts in Flanders.  During the 2018-2019 academic year, Ben served as co-organizer of the Graduate Student Lecture Series in the Department of Art History and as the Art History Department Graduate Student Representative. Ben has worked as an intern and research assistant at numerous museums and art institutions, including the Metropolitan Museum of Art and the Art Institute of Chicago.  His published work can be found online at nyartistsequity.org and in Colloquium, journal of the Masters of Arts Program in the Humanities and the University of Chicago. 

Jennie Waldow, Stanford University

Jennie Claire Waldow is a Ph.D. candidate at Stanford University. She received her B.A. from Scripps College and her M.A. from the Courtauld Institute of Art, and has previously worked at the Museum of Modern Art and the Los Angeles Nomadic Division. Jennie studies conceptual art of the 1960s and 1970s, with a focus on ephemera, artist’s books, and Fluxus, and is currently at work on a dissertation about the American artist Allen Ruppersberg.

Genevieve Westerby, University of Delaware

Genevieve Westerby is a Ph.D. student at the University of Delaware. Her main area of study is French paintings of the nineteenth century, with specific research interests in the Impressionists, transnational exchange and artist networks, late nineteenth century collecting, institutional and exhibition history, and technical art history. Previously, she was a research associate at the Art Institute of Chicago in the department of European Painting and Sculpture where she worked as co-editor, co-author, and primary curatorial researcher for a series of digital scholarly collection catalogues focused on the Impressionist collection, including volumes on Claude Monet, Pierre-Auguste Renoir, Camille Pissarro, Gustave Caillebotte, Paul Gauguin, and Edouard Manet. She also assisted with the research and planning of the exhibition Manet and Modern Beauty (2019/20), co-organized with the J. Paul Getty Museum. Genevieve earned her B.A. in Art History from Webster University, and an M.A. in Art History from the University of Denver. She has held internships at the International Print Center of New York, and in the Modern and Contemporary department at the Denver Art Museum. This summer she was an intern at the National Gallery of Art in Washington, D.C., where she conducted research for an upcoming exhibition on Mary Cassatt.