Full-Time Faculty

   

photo of Suse Anderson

Suse Anderson

Suse Anderson, Ph.D., is Assistant Professor, Museum Studies at The George Washington University.
Photo of Catherine Anderson

Catherine Anderson

Catherine Anderson has worked at several architecture & interior design firms during her career and now dedicates her time to educating students on understanding architectural concepts. 
photo of robert baker

Robert Baker

Robert Baker has been a member of the faculty of the Department of Music for 25 years.
David Bjelajac

David Bjelajac

Professor of Art History and American Studies, David Bjelajac received his B.A. and M.A. degrees in Modern European History from the University of Wisconsin-Madison.
embossed photo of douglas boyce

Douglas Boyce

Douglas Boyce writes chamber music that draws on Renaissance traditions and modernist aesthetics, building rich rhythmic structures that shift between order, fragmentation, elegance, and ferocity.
lion with hat

Julia Brown

Julia Brown creates paintings, videos, and photographs exploring the politics of looking, the body as a site of cultural conflict, and the problems of representation.
photo of mary buckley

Mary Buckley

Mary Buckley is Associate Professor of Dance and Director of the EJS Women’s Leadership Program at George Washington University.
Photo of Dana Tai Soon Burgess

Dana Tai Soon Burgess

Dana Tai Soon Burgess's work has tended to focus on the "hyphenated person" - someone who is of mixed ethnic or cultural heritage - as well as issues of belonging and societal acceptance.
Mary Coughlin

Mary Coughlin

Professor Coughlin has an interest in the conservation challenges of contemporary museum collections, particularly with respect to plastic.
Photo of Professor Andrea Hunter Dietz

Andrea Hunter Dietz

Andrea Dietz is an architect, curator, and writer. Her creative and scholarly practice is focused on “architecture(s) of and on display” – or the translation and exhibition of the built environment.
photo of frank diperna

Frank DiPerna

Professor DiPerna started the BFA program in Photography at the Corcoran in the 1970s, and served for many years as the department chair.
photo of alexander dumbadze

Alexander Dumbadze

Alexander Dumbadze is Associate Professor of Art History.
black and white photo of matt eich

Matt Eich

Matt Eich is a photographic essayist working on long-form projects related to memory, family, community, and the American condition.
photo of janis goodman

Janis Goodman

Janis Goodman is a DC based visual artist.
Carl Gudenius

Carl Gudenius

In addition to teaching scenic and lighting design at GW and directing its Graduate Production Design Program, Professor Gudenius is an active professional designer.
photo of philip jacks

Philip Jacks

Philip Jacks is a Professor in the Art History Program within the Corcoran School of the Arts & Design.
photo of leslie jacobson

Leslie Jacobson

Leslie Jacobson has spent over 40 years producing, writing, directing, and teaching theatre committed to addressing societal challenges and to giving voice to people often marginalized by the dominant culture.
Photo of Sara Jamshidi

Sara Jamshidi

Sara Jamshidi is a research-based designer with a practice that spans between the realms of archives and special collections, museum and education, with an editorial design approach.
Photo of Professor Sigridur

Sigridur Johannesdottir

Sigridur is a costume designer who specializes and focuses her teaching on reproducing historical costumes based on research as well as dance costumes.
Photo of Scott Jones

Scott Jones

Scott Jones is an Industrial Designer with a focus on furniture, lighting and interiors.
Loren Kajikawa

Loren Kajikawa

Loren Kajikawa recently joined the music faculty at The George Washington University’s Corcoran School of the Arts & Design.
photo of jodi kanter

Jodi Kanter

As a scholar, she has been trained to apply the theoretical lens of performance to everyday practices and so, while her methodology is consistent, the subjects of her work vary wildly—from, for example, end of life health care to contemporary dramatic literature to the American Presidency.
photo of dean kessmann

Dean Kessmann

Professor Kessmann has had one-person exhibitions at Furthermore, Washington, DC, Orlando Museum of Art, Orlando, FL, William Shearburn Gallery, St. Louis, MO, Humanity Center Galleries, California State University, Chico, CA, White Flag Projects, St. Louis, MO, and the Miller Gallery, Carnegie Mellon University, Pittsburgh, PA.
Photo of Erin Kuykendall Thomas

Erin Kuykendall

After spending several summers as an archaeologist at Jamestown with Preservation Virginia, Erin Kuykendall shifted her studies of American history, architecture, and decorative arts to the world preserved above ground, and worked for the Colonial Williamsburg Foundation, Mount Vernon, the Reeves Collection of Chinese Export Porcelain at Washington & Lee University, and the Philadelphia Athenaeum.
Photo of Professor Jae Rhim Lee

Jae Rhim Lee

Jae Rhim Lee is an award-winning designer, entrepreneur, and transdisciplinary artist whose living units and wearables reimagine basic life systems and propose alternative and occasionally transgressive relationships between the body and the built and natural environment.
photo of lisa lipinski

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.
photo of kerry mcaleer-keeler

Kerry McAleer-Keeler

Ms. McAleer-Keeler serves on the Board of Directors of the College Book Art Association, working to advance and promote academic book arts education by encouraging its development and practice.
photo of Cristin McKnight Sethi

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.
photo of eugene montague

Eugene Montague

Eugene Montague joined the faculty at the George Washington University in the fall of 2009, having previously taught for several years at the University of Central Florida.
photo of Carmen montoya

Maria del Carmen Montoya

Maria del Carmen Montoya´s studio practice combines participatory art, sculpture and digitalia.
photo of Mika Natif

Mika Natif

Dr. Mika Natif (Ph.D., New York University – Institute of Fine Arts, 2006) is a historian of Medieval art focusing on the intercultural exchanges and global connections that Muslim societies forged with the European sphere in the pre-Modern era.
hand drawn sketch of bibiana obler by student, Travis Beauchene

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.
photo of turker ozdogan with ceramic piece

Turker Ozdogan

As a professional artist, Turker Ozdogan has achieved national and international recognition through a variety of research grants and awards, juried expositions, and solo exhibitions.
photo of Kevin Patton

Kevin Patton

Kevin Patton is an artist and speculative designer whose primary mode of making is through creating interactive systems.
photo of Kym rice

Kym Rice

Kym Rice is the Interim Director of the Corcoran School of the Arts and Design, and Full-Time Faculty in the Museum Studies Program at GW University.
photo of Siobhan Rigg

Siobhan Rigg

Professor Rigg explores local relationships through experimental forays between personal conversations, and recycled literary, documentary, and media materials.
photo of lilien robinson teaching in front of a projector screen

Lilien F. Robinson

Born in Slovenia, raised in Serbia and briefly in Switzerland, Professor Robinson's early education was in Serbian and French schools, and thereafter in Washington DC primary and secondary schools.
photo of laura schiavo

Laura Schiavo

Before joining the Museum Studies faculty in 2009, Professor Schiavo worked in museums in the DC area, including the City Museum, Jewish Historical Society of Greater Washington, and the National Building Museum, where she curated Designing Tomorrow: America’s World’s Fairs of the 1930s.
photo of Sanjit Sethi

Sanjit Sethi

Born in Rochester, New York, Director Sethi has taught at numerous academic institutions including the Memphis College of Art, the Srishti School of Art, Design and Technology, and California College of the Arts.
photo of johan severtson

Johan Severtson

Mr. Severtson participated in the first international invitational exhibition, Cybernetic Serendipity, of computer-related art and design at the Institute of Contemporary Art in London and in the Art and Technology show at the Museum of Modern Art and Brooklyn Museum.
photo of James Shaw

James Sham

James Sham is an inter-disciplinary artist whose research includes themes of translation, performance, social practice and innovation.
photo of Erin speck

Erin Speck

Professor Speck's areas of expertise include AutoCAD, Revit, research methods, lighting, preservation, and building technology.
Photo of Heather Stebbins

Heather Stebbins

Heather Stebbins is a composer of acoustic and electroacoustic music that highlights her fascination with the kinetic and emotive properties of sound. 
photo of Susan Sterner

Susan Sterner

Susan Sterner started her career as a photojournalist freelancing with national and international publications while based in New Orleans, La.
photo of John Traub

John Traub

John Traub currently serves as the Assistant Professor of Production Management and Technology at The George Washington University, Program of Theatre & Dance.
Photo of Stephanie Travis

Stephanie Travis

Stephanie received her Master of Architecture with distinction and Bachelor of Science in Architecture from the University of Michigan, Ann Arbor.
photo of max van balgooy

Max van Balgooy

Max A. van Balgooy is a national leader in historical interpretation and community engagement, with extensive experience in developing solutions in collaboration with diverse audiences, including volunteers, staff, trustees, residents, scholars, design professionals, business leaders, and elected officials.
Statue of a lion

Allyson Vieira

Professor Vieira has exhibited extensively both internationally and in the U.S., including institutional projects at Kunsthalle Basel, CH, Swiss Institute, NY, Storm King Art Center, NY, PinchukArtCentre, UA, Non-Objectif Sud, FR, Frieze Projects, NY, The Public Art Fund, NY, The Highline, NY, and SculptureCenter, NY, as well as recent solo gallery exhibitions at Daniel Faria, Toronto, CA, Company, NY, Klaus von Nichtssagend, NY, Mendes Wood DM, Sao Paulo, BR, The Breeder, Athens, GR, and Laurel Gitlen, NY.
Nadia Volchansky

Nadia Volchansky

Nadia Volchansky is an Assistant Professor of Interior Architecture at the Corcoran School of the Arts and Design.
photo of barbara von barghahn

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.
photo of Tanya Wetenhall

Tanya Wetenhall

A specialist in dress history, Professor Wetenhall’s teaching encompasses fashion and costume history, world dress practices, ballet design history, material culture and the decorative arts.
photo of john wetenhall standing at a street intersection

John Wetenhall

A museum director for over two decades, John Wetenhall served for nine years as Executive Director of The John and Mable Ringling Museum of Art in Sarasota, Florida, leading a $150 million capital and endowment transformation.
Matthew R. Wilson head shot

Matt Wilson

Matthew R. Wilson is a union actor, director, and movement/combat choreographer, as well as a published playwright and theatre scholar.
photo of Maida Withers

Maida Withers

Maida Withers was born in Kanab, Utah and was able to define her career with early experiences with legendary artists including Mary Wigman and Folkwangschule (Germany), Martha Graham, Merce Cunningham, Erick Hawkins, Anna Halprin, Welland Lathrop, Hanya Holm, and, most importantly, John Cage.
photo of ning yu

Ning Yu

Praised for her "taut and impassioned performance" by the New York Times, pianist Ning Yu performs with vigor and dedication for traditional and avant-garde repertoire of the 20th and 21st century on stages across the United States, Europe and Asia.