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Art and Art History

Program Offered: M.A.

The Master of Arts (M.A.) in art history is a two-year program which provides students with a broad historical understanding of the visual arts and supports the development of students' critical thinking and methodological skills.

Courses and research opportunities offered by faculty include American, African, Armenian, Asian, Islamic, and Latin American art; architectural history; medieval, Renaissance, baroque, 18th century, modern, and contemporary art; art on film; theory; gender studies; and museum studies.

Requirements for the degree include the completion of eight graduate-level courses, comprehensive examinations, and a thesis (or two qualifying papers in lieu of a thesis).

Graduates of the program typically pursue careers with organizations such as museums, art galleries, art libraries, visual resource collections, and auction houses; and in fields including museum education, art publishing, and teaching. A number of graduates also continue their studies in Ph.D. programs.

Applicants to the program must have reading knowledge of one foreign language.

Art and Art History: Faculty

Daniel Abramson
Ph.D., Harvard University
Architecture from Renaissance to contemporary, architectural theory, architecture and urbanism of Boston

Cristelle Baskins
Ph.D., University of California, Berkeley
Italian Renaissance, secular painting and narrative, gender and women's studies

Madeline Harrison Caviness, Emeritus
Ph.D., Harvard University
Medieval art and architecture, stained glass, gender and women's studies

Eva Hoffman
Ph.D., Harvard University
Islamic art, portable arts, theories and methods

Ikumi Kaminishi
Ph.D., University of Chicago
Asian art and architecture, Buddhist painting, narrative studies

Christina Maranci, Director of Graduate Studies
Ph.D., Princeton University
Armenian art and architecture; early Christian, Byzantine, Romanesque, and Gothic art and architecture

Andrew McClellan
Ph.D., Courtauld Institute of Art, University of London
Baroque-Rococo art, history of museums, sculpture

Monica McTighe
Ph.D., University of Virginia
Art since 1960, history of installation and site-specific art, photography, film, video

Karen Overbey
Ph.D., Institute of Fine Arts, New York University
Medieval art and architecture, relics and reliquaries, early Irish art

Peter Probst, Interim Chair
Ph.D., Free University, Berlin
Contemporary African art, critical theory, visual culture, globalization

Eric Rosenberg
Ph.D., Harvard University
American art, modern and contemporary art, theories and methods

Judith Wechsler, Emerita
Ph.D., University of California, Los Angeles
French art—realism to postimpressionism, history of drawing, art on film

Adriana Zavala
Ph.D., Brown University
Modern and contemporary Latin American art, art of Mexico, gender and women's studies

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