Visual Studies Ph.D. Students

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, installation, photography, film, independent galleries and presses); East German film (DEFA); Alternative modernisms; 20th century theories of aesthetics and politics; Modernity and Post-Modernity

Brinker Ferguson
Gaby Greenlee
Visual culture in colonial Latin American (the Andes); collaboration, conflict, confluence...
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
Pat Kolyouthapong
Kate Korroch
South Korean contemporary art and culture in regard to gender, sexuality, and the body.
Ace Lehner
Contemporary Art and Visual Culture, Contemporary Photography, Critical Issues in Art Practice, Identity and Representation, Video and collaborative practices, Queer Theory and Aesthetics, Critical Race and Feminist Discourses and Performance 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, contemporary African art.
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
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 Rose
Performance, embodiment and time in pre-Hispanic and contemporary Mesoamerica
Ellen Haruko Takata
cumulative and divergent human relations and aesthetic usages around photography and film in colonial Indochina, from origins through re-uses across time and geography; histories of documentation, reportage, curation
Mary Thomas
Visual Culture in Southern California
Mitchell Winter
Popular art in colonial India, ephemera, the 'sacred'