Art History Faculty

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Alexander Dumbadze

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  


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Gillian Elliott

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

Dr. Elise A. Friedland

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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Katherine Grube

Katherine Grube

Katherine Grube received her PhD from New York University. She was a 2014 Fulbright Scholar at Peking University and the recipient of the 2013 Asia Art Archive-Robert HN Ho Family Foundation China Research Grant. Read More  


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Philip Jacks

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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Andy Johnson

Andy Johnson

Andy Johnson is the Program Administrator for the Art History Program and Director of Gallery 102. Andy is a DC-based arts writer, editor, and art historian.
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Christiane Joost-Gaugier

Christiane Joost-Gaugier

Professor Joost-Gaugier earned her AB, AM, and Ph.D. degrees from Harvard University. She was awarded an honorary PBK degree from Harvard University for Lifetime Achievement.
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Lisa Lipinski

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. Read More  


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Katherine Markoski

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

Lynn Matheny

Dr. Matheny currently serves as Interim 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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Cristin McKnight Sethi

Professor McKnight Sethi is a curator and historian of South Asian art. Her research and teaching interests include textiles and folk art, the intersection of gender and practices of making, networks of circulation and exchange, the anthropology of art, and postcolonial theory.
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Mika Natif

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

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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Paul Reuther

Paul Reuther

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

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

Sandra Tropper

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

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