Visual Studies Ph.D. Students

Chessa Adsit-Morris
Chessa Adsit-Morris is a curriculum theorist and member of the Center for Creative Ecologies. She is currently pursuing a PhD in Visual Studies at the University of California, Santa Cruz, USA.
Lorraine J. Affourtit
contemporary visual culture, Latin-American graphic art and protest, moving-image installation, viewer/ artwork dynamics, poststructuralism, visual semiotics
Lily Alexander
New Media Art, The History of Art and Technology, Curating Media & The Politics of Production
Sara Blaylock
Art and culture of East Germany (performance, photography, film, independent galleries and presses); East German film (DEFA); counter-visuality; Modernism; Post-Modernism; 20th century theories of aesthetics and politics; state and experimental art and culture in the Eastern Bloc; art in post-socialism; Photography


Brinker Ferguson
Intangible/tangle heritage, software studies, virtual heritage, digital preservation, and globalization
Gaby Greenlee
Visual culture in colonial South America (the Andes): textiles and other visual objects; concepts of landscape, territory, claim to land; conflict, contrast, confluence and things inbetween in colonial encounter
Christina Hellmich

In addition to pursuing a degree in Visual Studies, I serve as Curator in Charge of the department of the Arts of Africa, Oceania and the Americas (AOA) at the deYoung Museum in San Francisco.

Amber Hickey
Art Activism and Contemporary Culture
Aubrey Hobart
Visual Cultures of Mesoamerica and Colonial New Spain
Kate Korroch
South Korean contemporary art and culture in regard to gender, sexuality, and the body.