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Graduate Students

Assistant Director, Center for Creative Ecologies
Chessa Adsit-Morris is a curriculum theorist and assistant director of the Center for Creative Ecologies. She is currently pursuing a PhD in Visual Studies. She is author of the book 'Restorying Environmental Education: Figurations, Fictions, Feral Subjectivities' (Palgrave Macmillan, 2017).
MA/ Ph.D. Candidate
contemporary visual culture, Latin-American graphic art and protest, moving-image installation, viewer/ artwork dynamics, poststructuralism, visual semiotics
Ph.D. Student
New Media Art, The History of Art and Technology, Curating Media & The Politics of Production
Early Modern globalization & visual cultures of viceregal Latin America, with an emphasis on criollo consciousness & indigenous elite performativity
Visual culture of East Africa and the African diaspora in the Indian Ocean; textiles, clothing and the body; French colonial culture; nineteenth-century photography.
Visual aspects of devotional practices in Christian traditions, specializing in ex voto practices of central Italy
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
Ph.D. Candidate
Art Activism and Contemporary Culture
After working in Beirut and studying in Toronto, Sintia Issa joined HAVC as a PhD student to research the visual culture of waste from the eastern Mediterranean.
South Korean contemporary art and culture in regard to gender, sexuality, and the body.
Contemporary Art from Africa and its Diasporas
Ph.D. Candidate, History of Art and Visual Culture , MFA, Fine Art ,
Contemporary Art and Visual Culture, Contemporary Photography, Queer and Trans Theory, Gender Theory, Video and Performance, collaborative practices, Critical Issues in Art Practice, Identity and Representation, Critical Race Studies..
Theories of empire and the ways in which ethnic minorities maintained their identity under periods of colonization localized in Indigenous and Spanish empires in the Andes.
Interactions between the Inka and the Amazon; colonial Peru
Interest in the cultural patronage of Late Antique, Byzantine, and Medieval royal women.
19th and 20th century US built environment, public art and architecture, schools, urban planning, modernism
Contemporary art, social practice and collaborative art, art and ecology, postcolonial theory, African urban space and visual culture.
Identity and representation, contemporary African Diasporic art, black visual culture, popular culture, contemporary photography, social practices, performance, critical pleasure studies, and contemporary black life.
Visual culture and the environment, documentary, landscape, trauma, museums/memorials
Photography and Whiteness in American Visual Culture
Islamic art and material culture in Southeast Asia
Contemporary Art, 20th-21st Centuries Latin American and Brazilian art, Latin American and Brazilian Visual Culture.
Visual lexicons; cultural memory, cosmopolitanism, and identity formation; post-Holocaust art; temporal/spatial relations.
Institutional and individual elements in photographic multivalence and histories of photographic reception: current focus on quotidian photography books in postwar Japan, Germany and Austria; recent work in receptions of official and commercial photography in colonial-to-postcolonial Vietnam and France
North American environmental imaginary, Whiteness and visual culture
Contemporary Chicanx, Latinx, and Latin American art and visual/material culture. Borderlands, transborder politics, and the colonial body.
Material and visual cultures of Oceania, environment and ecology, Indigenous media, Native American material and visual culture, settler colonial history
Modern and contemporary art of the Americas; decolonial environmentalism; ecocriticism and political ecology; contemporary Indigenous art; environmental justice.
Modern and Contemporary Art, Asian Diasporic Art, Globalization, Postcolonialism, Memory and Trauma Studies