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, video, 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
Oceanic Art



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
Ace Lehner is a Contemporary Art and Visual Culture scholar and practicing artist. Lehner's research and critical writing practice often focuses on Photography, Video and collaborative practices, Queer Aesthetics, Critical Race and Feminist Discourses, Performance Theory and Affect 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, and British 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, Globalism, Contemporary Art from Africa and its Diasporas, Feminist Studies, Critical Theory
Bruce Picano - In Memoriam
Latin American Visual Culture

April 09, 2014

With sadness we write to inform you of the death of Bruce Picano, a 3rd 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'