Art History Faculty

Clement Akpang

Assistant Professor of Art History, Art History Program

Clement Akpang, Corcoran's Art History Program, holds a PhD in art and art theory/history from the University of Bedfordshire in Luton, U.K. Prior to coming to GW, he was a Junior Core Research Fellow for the Institute for Advanced Studies at the Central European University in Hungary.

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Lynn Brostoff

Temporary Part Time Professor, Art History

Lynn Brostoff is currently a Research Chemist in the Library of Congress Preservation Division. She previously held conservation scientist positions at the Smithsonian Institution's MCI, The Artists' Materials Center at Carnegie Mellon Univ., The National Gallery of Art (Washington, DC), and the Metropolitan Museum of Art Read More  

Alexander Dumbadze

Associate Professor & Undergraduate Advisor, Art History

Alexander Dumbadze is Associate Professor of Art History. His essays and criticism have been published in a variety of national and international publications. He is also a co-founder and former president of the Society of Contemporary Art Historians. He teaches courses on contemporary art, theory, and historiography. Read More  

Gillian Elliott

Adjunct Professor of Art History, Art History Program

Dr. Gillian B. Elliott is a historian of Medieval art focusing on the political context of Romanesque sculpture in the Holy Roman Empire, specifically in northern Italy and in Alsace, France. Read More  

Dr. Elise A. Friedland

Associate Professor of Classics and Art History, Art History Program

Elise A. Friedland holds a BA in Classics from Williams College and an MA and PhD in Classical Art and Archaeology from the University of Michigan.

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Philip Jacks

Professor, Art History Director of Visiting Artists & Scholars Committee

Philip Jacks is a Professor in the Art History Program within the Corcoran School of the Arts & Design. Most recently, Professor Jacks designed and oversaw construction of the new Seminar Room and Graduate Lounge on the first floor of Smith Hall of Art.
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Jung-Sil Lee

Adjunct Professor of Art History

Jung-Sil Lee has been a historian of modern and contemporary art in global perspectives and an independent curator. Her research interests cover public memorials, ritual theory, feminism, and grassroots activism through art.

Lisa Lipinski

Associate Professor of Art History, Art History Program

Lisa Lipinski's teaching and research interests include modern and contemporary art and theoretical approaches to the visual arts, Surrealism and the art of René Magritte, the body in modern and contemporary art, and Abraham Lincoln’s influence on America art and culture.

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Katherine Markoski

Adjunct Professor in Art History

Katherine Markoski is an art historian with a specialty in modern and contemporary art. As the 2009-10 recipient of the Dedalus Foundation Dissertation Fellowship and a 2014-15 Smithsonian American Art Museum Postdoctoral Fellowship, Markoski examined the significance of notions of community to artistic practice at Black Mountain College.
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Lynn Matheny

Adjunct Professor of Art History, Art History Program

Dr. Matheny currently serves as Deputy Head of Interpretation at the National Gallery of Art, leading a team of educators to shape interpretation of both the permanent collection and temporary exhibitions.
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Mika Natif

Associate Professor of Art History; Director of Graduate Studies

Mika Natif is an Islamic Art Historian who focuses on trans-cultural artistic connections between Muslim societies and Europe, diversity and religious tolerance in Islamic art, and the role of women as patrons, artists, and subject matter in the pre-modern Persianate spheres.
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Bibiana Obler

Associate Professor of Art History; Transfer and Study Abroad Art History Program

Professor Obler's research and teaching interests include modern and contemporary art and craft from the late nineteenth century to the present, with emphases on twentieth-century avant-gardes, theories of gender and cross-cultural representation, photography, applied arts, and intellectual history.
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Jacob Rangel

Academic Program Administrator for Art History

Jacob is the Academic Department Administrator for the Art History Department. He manages the day to day operations of the department while working with faculty, staff, and students.
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Paul Reuther

Visual Resources Coordinator

Paul Reuther is the Visual Resources Coordinator. Paul is a painter, a teacher, and an image collections curator. Paul currently teaches Technical Art History (AH3170) and heads the Visual Resources Center in the Art History Program.
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Lilien F. Robinson

Professor, Art History

A specialist in nineteenth-century European art, Professor Robinson’s primary research focus since 2003 has been on Serbian painting. Her most recent research includes a comparative study of Serbian and French history painting in “History Painting: Its Transformative Implications,” (in press) and a long term book project on nineteenth-century Serbian painting.
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Sandra Tropper

Adjunct Professor of Art History

Sandra Tropper has been a fine art appraiser and consultant in the Washington D.C. area for more than 25 years. She holds the designation of Fellow in the American Society of Appraisers (ASA) and has a specialty in Fine Arts.

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Barbara von Barghahn

Program Head of Art History, Professor of Art History, Art History Program

Professor von Barghahn is Professor and Program Head of Art History. She teaches Northern Renaissance and Baroque art, Spanish and Portuguese art, colonial art of Latin America and Brazil. In 2011, Professor von Barghahn was the curatorial advisor to the National Gallery of Art exhibition, The Invention of Glory: Afonso V and the Pastrana Tapestries, which traveled to museums in Dallas and San Diego. Read More  

Christopher C. Wilson

Professorial Lecturer, Art History Program

Christopher Wilson is a specialist in art of Early Modern Europe and Colonial Latin America. His work concentrates on the intersection of gender and sanctity, with particular focus on the iconography and artistic patronage of the Discalced Carmelite Order. Read More