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Graduate Dissertations and Theses Supervised

Doctoral Dissertations

1987  John H. Pryor. Stylistic Patterns of Northern California Indian Baskets. (Anthropology)

1989  Nancy Hamme. Images of Seamstresses in the Art of William Gropper. (Art History)

1991  Katrina Irving. The Discursive Construction of the Immigrant Woman in America, 1890-1925. (English)

1992  Paul Ivey. Tabernacle to Temple. The Christian Science Building Boom, 1895-1925: The Triumph of the Classical Style. (Art History)

1993  Melissa Hall. Modernism, Militarism and Masculinity: Modern Art Discourses and British Official War Art During the First World War. (Chair) (Art History)

1998  Young-June Lee. Mapping Contemporary Theories of Photography: A Reader in New Approaches to the History of Photography, 1964-1995 (Chair) (Art History)

1999  Charles Reeve. The Subject of Formalism: Ruskin, Fry and Greenberg. (Cornell University, Art History)

2000  Gordon Bleach. Visions of Access: Africa Bound and Staged 1880-1940. (Chair) (Art History)

2000  Stephen DeCaroli. Go Hither and Look: Aesthetics, History and the Exemplary in Late Eighteenth-Century Philosophy (Philosophy, Interpretation, and Culture)

2002  Leigh George. The Functions of Graphic Design: Sociologies, History, and the International Design Conference in Aspen (Chair) (Art History)

2003  Hong Kal. The Presence of the Past: Exhibitions, Memories and National Identities in Colonial and Postcolonial Korea and Japan. (Chair) (Art History)

2004  Jina Kim. Invitation to the Other: The Reframing of "American" Art and National Identity and the 1993 Whitney Biennial in New York and Seoul. (Chair) (Art History)

2004  Sarah Bassnett. Visible Cities: Photography, Visual Discourse and City Planning in Early Twentieth-Century Toronto and Montreal. (Chair) (Art History)

2005  Rodrigo Mier. Spectral Politics and War in Zapatista Discourse. (Chair) (Philosophy, Literature and the Theory of Criticism Program)

2006  Alexis Dengel. Just Before Getting Over the Past and Other Stories. (English)

2006  Linda Steer, Found, Borrowed and Stolen: The Use of Photographs in French Surrealist Reviews, 1924-1939. (Chair) (Art History)

2008  Ovidiu Tichindeleanu, The Graphic Sound: An Archaeology of Sound, Technology and Knowledge at 1900. (Chair) (Philosophy, Interpretation and Culture)

2008  Nikolay Karkov. The Ontology of Immanence: Spinoza and the Politics of Affect. (Program in Philosophy, Interpretation and Culture)

2009 Jordan Baer. Look Again: The Multiples of Photographic Discernment and Production. (Art History and Archaeology, Columbia University)

2009 Victoria Scott. Silk Screens and Television Screens: Maoism and the Posters of May 1968 in Paris. (Art History)

2010 Cindy Stelmackowich. Bodies of Knowledge: Nineteenth-Century Anatomical Atlases, 1800–1860 (Chair) (Art History)

2010 Julia Friday. Czechoslovakia from the Prague Spring to the Velvet Revolution: The Composition of Memory, Public Record and Archive (Chair) (Comparative Literature)

2010 Irmak Ertuna. The Avant-Garde and the Politics of Revolution: From Dada into Surrealism, 1919–1931 (Comparative Literature)

2010 Hilary Malatino. Sexing the Monster: Intersex and the Politics of Queer Becoming (Program in Philosophy, Interpretation and Culture)

M.A. Theses

1988  Philip Armstrong. Gustave Caillebotte's "The Floor Scrapers": The Parameters of a Critical Perspective.

1988  Mary E. Law. English Hunting Images: Representation, Social Positionality and Class Identity.

1989  Kathleen Colman. The Construction of Greek Identity: An Analysis of Cultural Systems.

1991  Alison Ferris. Street Photography in the City of Capital: Sexual Politics, Representation and the Discourse of Space.

1991  Josette Clermont. "The Crisis": A Case-Study of the Politics of Representation in Afro-American Culture.

1991  Jamie Park. The Cultural Politics of Empowerment: The Great Wall of Los Angeles and the Min Joong Art Movement of South Korea.

1993  Christopher Jakel. Textile Strategies: Worker's Clothing Design and the Reconstruction of Everyday Life in the U.S.S.R., 1917-1934.

1993  Shawn Parker. Deviance and Photography: Images of Male Sexual Perversion in American Medical Journals and Texts, 1890-1920.

1993  Eileen Robertson. Cultural Nationalism and Cultural Otherness in the Presentation of Mexican Art in Mexico and the United States.

1994  Jennifer Hirshlag. Framing Wombs: The Politics of Fetal Imagery and Technologies of Observing Pregnancy.

1995  Margaret Crocker. A Frowning Fetus: Aubrey Beardsley and the Drawing of Sexual Distinctions.

1995  Ilana David. Politics and Archaeology in Israel: Yigael Yadin's Excavations at Masada. (co-supervised)

1996  Hong Lee. Pornographic Politics: Debates on the Public Funding of "Controversial" Art and Neo-Conservative Attacks on the National Endowment for the Arts between 1989 and 1992

1996  Leigh George. Imposed Integration: Identity and Layout in 12 Million Black Voices.

1997  Krista Ivy. When Surrender Is Sweet: Bob Flanagan, Masochism and the Modalities of Resistance.

Curatorial Practice

1987  Alison Ferris, Suzan Friedlander and Pamela Toma. Working Spaces: New Work from New York

1987  Paul Ivey. Yee Jan Bao: Oils 1983-1985

1988  Wendy Botting. Posing for Power/Posing for Pleasure: Photographies and the Social Construction of Femininity

1990  Darlene Miller. Access and Exclusion: A Survey of Works from the Wilkes-Barre/Binghamton Regions (co-supervised)

1990  Jamie Park. In Search of a National Identity: The Min Joong Art Movement of Korea (co-supervised)

Current Graduate Supervision

Ph.D. Dissertation Committees

Esra Atamer. An Altered Concept of Production: Transindividual. (Comparative Literature) [ABD: 11 November 2008]

Ozgur Cicek. Raising Voice Through Cinema: The Politics of Kurdish Film-Making in Turkey. (Program in Philosophy, Interpretation and Culture)

Hyeok Cho. Postmodernity, Femininity, and Racial Identity in Lee Bul’s Art (Chair) (Art History)

Jeremy Culler. From Television Signal to Magnetic Strip: An Archaeology of Experimental Television and Video Knowledge, 1962-2006. (Chair) (Art History) [ABD: 29 May 2007]

Cagatay Dogan. Representations of Istanbul in Postwar Turkey: Othmar Pferschy, the State and Urban Reconstruction (Art History)

Todd Goehle, Visualizing “1968:” Media, Memory, and Social Transformation in West Germany, 1966 to 1983. (History) [ABD: 7 June 2006]

Josh Franco. Chicano/a Art. (Art History)

Jennifer Kennedy. “Charming Little Monsters:” The Spectacle of Femininity in Postwar France. (Art History)

Na’ama Klorman-Eraqi. Feminism and Photography in 1970s Britain. (Chair) (Art History)

Hye-ri Oh. Photography and Criticism in Korea: Modernity, National Identity and the Conception of Photography from the Late Chosun Dynastic Period to Japanese Colonialism. (Chair) (Art History) [ABD: 1 June 2009]

Young-Sin Park. International Expositions in Korea, 1915 to 1929. (Chair) (Art History)

Chunghoon Shin. Art As Spatial Critique: South Korean Visual Arts since the Late 1960s. (Art History) [ABD: 18 August 2009]

Ariza Torres The Development of the Photobook in Puerto Rico (Chair) (Art History)

Ya-Ling Wang. The Reception of Abstract Expressionism in China and Taiwan. (Chair) (Art History)

Dengyan Zhou. The Language of Photography in China: Key Concepts for a Critical History. (Chair) (Art History)

Undergraduate Supervision

Senior Honors Theses

1988  Tracy Bashkoff. Essentialism and Anti-Essentialism in Feminist Art: Judy Chicago's "Birth Project" and Mary Kelly's "Post-Partum Document"

1990  Ellen Tepfer. The Cultural Politics of Surrealism

1995  Marissa Gluck. An Examination of the Politics of Meaning in the Languages of Advertising Directed at or Representing Women

1996  Kim Forsberg. The Body and Theory: Reimagining the Body in Contemporary Art Practice

1997  Rebecca Gardner. Envisioning Women: Photography, Capitalism and Gender in America, 1935-45

2001  Mary Gustaitis. Ben Shahn: The Biography of a Mural

2004  Kristina Seekamp. Unmaking the Museum: Marcel Duchamp's Readymades in Context

2005  Emily Colasacco. The Decoded Seine: The Meaning of Water in Monet's Highway Bridge and Boat Basin, 1874

2008  Timothy Leonido. Spanish Experimental Film in the "Apertura" Period, 1962-1975. (Comparative Literature)

Senior Tutorial Projects

1990  Christine Haight. The Festival of India in New York, 1985

1991  Mikhal Eskayo. Archives of Lesbian Cultural History in New York State

1993  Jack Aiello. Like A Virgin? Madonna and the Marriage of Postmodernism and Feminism

1995  Felyluz Laguio. Words and Images of Medicine

1998  Danielle Greisen. A Study of U. S. Magazine Production and Design

1998  Julia Iannello. A Chronology of the Development of Photographic Techniques and Technologies

1998  Molly McGoey. Gianni Versace: Cultural Production and the Fashion Industry

2001  Travis Pelkie, The Museum of Comics: An Interactive Web-Site

Innovational Program Board Majors

1992  Aaron Howard. Art Theory and Practice (Honors Thesis: Art into Idea as Art: The Development of Conceptual Art.)

Courses Taught



Fall 1986  Art History and Cultural Theory: An Introduction to Recent Debates (Art-H 380K)

Fall 1986  Curatorial Practice (Art-H 560)

Spring 1987  Art History and Cultural Theory II: Narratives of History (Art-H 380L)

Spring 1987  Curatorial Practice (Art-H 560)

Fall 1987  Photographies/Power/The State (Art-H 570A)

Fall 1987  Curatorial Practice (Art-H 560)

Spring 1988  Curatorial Practice (Art-H 560)

Fall 1988  Art History and Cultural Theory: Pro-Seminar (Art-H 401/501)

Spring 1989  Junior Seminar: Theories and Methods (Art-H 496)

Fall 1989  Curatorial Practice (Art-H 560)

Spring 1990  Representation and Counter-Practice (Art-H 501B)

Spring 1990  Curatorial Practice (Art-H 560)

Spring 1992  Photographies/Power/The State (Art-H 570A)

Fall 1992  Art History and Cultural Theory: The Vision Thing (Art-H 401/501)

Spring 1993  Representation and Counter-Practice: Marxism and Representation (Art-H 501B)

Fall 1993  Seminar in Contemporary Art (ArtH 550A)

Fall 1994  Photographies/Power/The State (Art-H 570A)

Spring 1995  Art History and Cultural Theory: The Vision Thing (ARTH 401/501A)

Fall 1995  Documentary, Discipline, Democracy (ARTH 503A)

Spring 1996  Art History and Cultural Theory: Marxism and Representation(ARTH 501)

Fall 1996  Documentary, Discipline and the State (S HUM 408)

Fall 1997  Art History and Cultural Theory: After Structuralism (ARTH 501)

Fall 1998  Photography and Death (ARTH 580A; COLI 580A; ENG 593P)

Fall 1999  Documentary, Discipline and the State (ARTH 503A)

Fall 2000  Marxism and Representation (ARTH 502A; COLI 574M)

Spring 2000  Theory and Methods (ARTH 500; COLI 574J)

Fall 2002  Meaning and Melancholia (ARTH 451B/ARTH 503C; COLI 531T; ENG 450N; PIC 666B)

Fall 2002  Reading Early Foucault (PIC 597)

Fall 2003  Cultural Strategies and the State (ARTH 482D; ARTH 550E; COLI480G; COLI 535A; ENG 450F; ENG 572V; PIC 608F)

Spring 2005  Theory and Methods (ARTH 500; COLI 512A; PIC 604C)

Spring 2006  RE: Thinking Photography (ARTH 580C/480C; COLI 480W/535W; PIC 604H)

Fall 2006  Marxism and Representation (ARTH 482J/ARTH 502A; COLI 574R; PIC 604J)

Spring 2007  Theory and Methods (ARTH 500)

Spring 2007  Art History After Structuralism (ARTH 503F/COLI 574S/PIC 604L)

Fall 2008  Photo/Text (ARTH 580A/ARTH 480C/COLI 535C/PIC 604A)

Spring 2009 Theory and Methods (ARTH 500) Art History: Genealogy of a Discipline (ARTH 504A/COLI574C/PIC 604C)

Spring 2010 Picturing Crisis (ARTH 480D/ARTH 580D/COLI 574C/PIC 604D)

Fall 2010 The Politics of Documentary (ARTH 451E/ARTH 503E/COLI 480R/COLI 574A/ENG 593U/PIC 604A)

Spring 2011 Theory and Methods (ARTH 500) Art History After Structuralism (ARTH 503F/COLIT 507A/ENG 674C/PIC 604A)

Lecture Courses

Fall 1986  Photographies, Histories, Theories (Art-H 168J)

Spring 1987  Maps of Modernity or Why They Don't Do Surveys Like They Used To Do (Art-H 167Y)

Fall 1987  U.S.A.: Cultural Politics 1930-1960: American Culture and the State (Art-H 252)

Fall 1989  Photographies, Histories, Theories (ArtH-W 280)

Spring 1992  Contemporary Issues in Art (Art-H W 102)

Fall 1992  Histories of Photographies (ArtH-W 280)

Spring 1993  Contemporary Issues in Art (ArtH-W 102)

Fall 1993  American Art and Society, 1930-1960 (ArtH-W 252)

Fall 1994  Histories of Photographies (ArtH-W 280)

Spring 1995  Contemporary Issues in Art (ARTH-W 102)

Fall 1995  American Art and Society, 1930-1960 (ARTH-W 252)

Spring 1996  Contemporary Issues in Art (ARTH-W 102)

Spring 1998  Contemporary Issues in Art (ARTH-W 102)

Spring 1999  American Art and Society, 1930-1960 (ARTH 252)

Spring 2000  Contemporary Issues in Art (ARTH-W 102)

Spring 2003  Contemporary Issues in Art (ARTH-W 102)

Spring 2004  American Art and Society, 1930-1960 (ARTH 252)

Spring 2005  Contemporary Issues in Art (ARTH-W 102)

Spring 2006  Histories of Photography (ARTH-W 280)

Fall 2009  Histories of Photography (ARTH 280)

Fall 2010  American Art and Society 1930–1960 (ARTH 252)

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Last Updated: 7/29/11