Interests: Influence of psychology, biology, and related sciences on Modernist art and architecture; the use of broad and intersecting methodologies to approach art, artists, and audiences.
Interests: Roman Imperial portraiture; diversity, race, and "other"ness in the Roman world; relationships between provincial peoples and Rome; art education and training methodologies; the rise of neoclassical imagery in 19th century Europe; provenance research on antiquities
Minor: 19th Century European
Interests: Humor in art as a force for coping, critique and change, with an emphasis in the art of medieval Europe and the medieval and early modern Islamic world; and medieval games and play
Interests: Visual culture and colonization, modern/contemporary art in the Americas, critical archival theory
Minor: 19th Century European
Major: 19th/20th Century American
Interests: Islamic and Medieval art, specifically portraiture and manuscripts
Minor: Latin American
Interests: transatlantic slavery, diasporic identity, postcolonialism, and race in visual culture and curatorial theory
Interests: British art, craft history, history of collecting, and taste in art
Interests: Chinese ink painting and ceramics, Buddhist art, Japanese art, architecture and garden design
Elizabeth (she/her) is a MA student from northern Massachusetts with a major in European art and a minor in art of the African diaspora. Elizabeth's recent publications include the catalogue essay accompanying the 2022 exhibition The Ground We Stand On at the Anderson Gallery in Bridgewater, MA, which examined the liveliness of the wooden fence panel collages done by the contemporary artist Lavett Ballard. Her research interests include feminist theory, maternalism, and bodies as symbols of domination and submission in colonialist art.
Lawrence Gianangeli (he/him) is a second year MA student. His academic interest is on the early-modern Mediterranean, with a focus on the art and culture of Renaissance Italy.
Major: Ancient Roman
Roya Peighambarzadeh (she/her) is a second-year Master’s Candidate in the History of Art and Architecture department at UMass. Specializing in Islamic and Iranian art, her academic focus spans from ancient traditions to modern and contemporary practices. She earned her B.A. in Graphic Design, as well as a minor in Art History, from the University of Science and Culture in Tehran in 2019.
Interests: art in public spaces, monuments and the commemorative landscape, critical pedagogy, postcolonialism, race in visual culture
Olivia White (she/her) is a first year MA student focusing on French modernism and the Africa diaspora as seen through a feminist lens. Her recent publication in Art Journal, “Bronze Head of a Black Woman: Renaming and Reframing a Brâncuși Series," illustrates her interests in deconstructing the colonialist art historical canon, renaming racist artworks, and uncovering identities of anonymized subjects.
Interests: Post-colonialism in the long 18th century, power structures such as the British Empire, and cross-cultural exchanges in Persia