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 in the 1980s (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


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.
Kristen Laciste
Ace Lehner
Contemporary Art and Visual Culture, Queer and Trans* Theory, Gender Theory, Contemporary Photography, Video, collaborative practices, Critical Issues in Art Practice, Identity and Representation, Critical Race and Performance Theory.
Alexandra Macheski
Colonial Peru, the Andes; gender performance, sexuality, queer theory; identity; the history of emotions, the soma, trauma theory.
Amanda M. Maples
African visual culture; Museum representations of Africa; Sierra Leone; African performative arts; Senegalese gold jewelry; African colonial postcards
Alexandra C Moore
Contemporary art, social practice and collaborative art, postcolonial theory, African urban space and visual culture.
crystal am nelson
Identity and representation, contemporary African Diasporic art, visual culture and citational practices, contemporary photography, digital and new media, social practices, performance
Rachel Nelson
The Political Economies of Contemporary Art, Art and Activism, Conflict Studies, Globalism, Art in the Global South, Feminist Studies, Critical Theory
LuLing Osofsky
Contemporary Chinese art, political ecology, documentary, memorial design
Bruce Picano - In Memoriam
Latin American Visual Culture

April 09, 2014

With sadness we note the death of Bruce Picano, a third year graduate student in the Visual Studies Ph.D. program.

Jordan Reznick
Photography and Whiteness in American Visual Culture
Diana C Rose
Performance, embodiment and time in pre-Hispanic and contemporary Mesoamerica
Tatiane Santa Rosa
Contemporary Art, 20th-21st Centuries Latin American and Brazilian art, Latin American, and Brazilian Visual Culture.
Ellen Haruko Takata
History of religious and political approaches to aesthetics in the cultures of Catholic missionaries and converts in the region of Indochina, with emphasis on Vietnam
Mary Thomas
Visual Culture in Southern California
Kris Timken
North American Environmental Imaginary and Identity, Environmental Studies, Race and Visuality, and Social Movements and Activism
Madison Treece
Contemporary visual culture, political and activist art, intersectionalities of social identities and systems in contemporary art practice.
Maggie Wander
Material and visual cultures of Oceania, environment and ecology, Indigenous media, Native American material and visual culture
Mitchell Winter
South Asian Visual Cultures and religion, anthropological engagements with the sacred via European colonialism, Sanskrit poetics and aesthetics
Michelle Yee