Graduate Student News


Amy Butner has been awarded the two-year Andrew W. Mellon Postdoctoral Curatorial Fellowship in the Metropolitan Museum's Department of Egyptian Art. The fellowship combines both curatorial training and scholarly research and will enable Amy to assist in the development of a major exhibition, tentatively titled "The Gods of Ancient Egypt."

Brooke Luokkala will give a paper at the conference, "Collecting Mexican Art Before 1940: A New World of Antiquities." Her talk is entitled "The Avery Judd Skilton Collection."

Ashley Eckhardt has been named the inaugural Hesperia Fellow by the American School of Classical Studies at Athens Publications Office for the 2019-2020 academic year.

Kimberly Schrimsher has been named an Assistant Professor at Northern Virginia Community College. She will be teaching "History and Appreciation of Art."

Margaret Nagawa's article, "Conveying the Mallet: Barkcloth Renewal and Connectedness in Fred Mutebi's Art Practice," has been published in Critical Interventions (volume 12, issue 3).

Rachel Patt was awarded the David E. Finley Fellowship from the Center for Advanced Studies in the Visual Arts. The fellowship facilitates two years of research and travel and a third year in residence at the Center for dissertation completion and curatorial work.


Rachel Patt has been awarded a scholarship from the Walter Read Hovey Memorial Fund at The Pittsburgh Foundation in support of her dissertation research.

Catherine Barth has been awarded the 2019 Minor White Archive Research Grant. Catherine will focus on White's advocacy for the work of photographer Frederick Sommer at the Minor White Archive, Princeton University, summer 2019.

Emma de Jong has been awarded a one-year Mellon Fellowship at the Rijksmuseum, Amsterdam. Beginning in 2019, Emma will be working in the Rijksmuseum Printroom.

Julianne Cheng received the Colburn Fellowship from the AIA to study at the American School of Classical Studies at Athens in the summer of 2019.

Kelin Michael was awarded a Samuel H. Kress Fellowship to study German at Middlebury Language Schools for the summer of 2019.

Amy Butner was awarded the Mellon Interventions Project Public Scholarship Teaching Fellowship for 2019-2020.

Cody Houseman received a grant from the LGS Mellon Humanities PhD Interventions Project to support travel and collaboration on digital analysis techniques for application in museums with the Art Institute of Chicago, the Spatial History Project at Stanford University, and the Virtual World Heritage Laboratory at Indiana University, Bloomington.

Emma de Jong and Kelin Michael co-curated an exhibition titled The Materiality of Devotion: From Manuscript to Print at Emory's Pitts Theology Library (December 17th, 2018 - March 15, 2019).

Kelin Michael presented a paper "At the Edge of Orthodoxy: Hrabanus Maurus's In honorem sanctae crucis" at the Medieval Roundtable Series. Emory University, October, 2018. 

Cecily Boles delivered a guest lecture entitled "Dressing for Eternity: Clothing choices in Early Modern Catholic women's funerary portraits," in Professor Alessia Lirosi's course Fashion through history at  l'Università La Sapienza on November 8, 2018.

Kelin Michael will present "The Role of Hrabanus Maurus's In honorem sanctae crucis in the Crisis of the Carolingian World" at the International Conference on Medieval Studies in Kalamazoo, MI. May, 2019.  

Emma de Jong and Kelin Michael received a grant from the Mellon Humanities PhD Interventions Project and the Laney Graduate School's New Thinkers, New Leaders program to organize a conference (March 1, 2019) in conjunction with their exhibition The Materiality of Devotion: From Manuscript to Print. Kelin will present a paper titled "The Transition of Material: Hrabanus Maurus's In honorem sanctae crucis as Manuscript and Printed Book."

An Jiang presented a paper "Shape Reservation and Shape Agency: The Kleophrades Painter and His Kylixes" at the Archaeological Institute of America Annual Conference in San Diego, California, January, 2019.

Caitlin Glosser presented a paper "Visualizing Silences in the Archive: Mapping Senufo" at the Network Detroit 2018 Digital Humanities and Activism: Communities in Motion conference at Wayne State University, September 21, 2018. 

Ashley Eckhardt has been named the Jacob Hirsch Fellow at the American School of Classical Studies at Athens (ASCSA)

Ashley Eckhardt received the Coucil of American Overseas Research Centers' (CAORC) Multi-Country Research Fellowship, which will allow her to conduct dissertation research in Italy and Turkey in the summer of 2019.

Joanna Mundy presented a paper, "Domestic Spaces of Roman Domus," at the European Association of Urban History conference, Rome, Italy, August 29, 2018.

Amy Butner was awarded the ARCE Research Fellowship and will travel to Egypt in early 2019 for dissertation research. Butner's plans include joining the University of Cambridge's archaeological dig at Amarna.

Laura Somenzi has been named a Predoctoral Fellow in the Department of  Prof. Dr. Alessandro Nova  at the Kunsthistorisches Institut in Florenz (Max-Planck-Institute).

Rachel Patt presented a paper, "Understanding Material before Materiality: the Case for Interdisciplinary Approaches to Glass," at the triennial meeting of the Association Internationale de l'Histoire du Verre taking place in Istanbul, Turkey, from September 3rd through 7th, 2018.

Catherine Barth has been named a Graduate Intern for 2019 in the Department of Photographs at the J. Paul Getty Museum.

John C. Witty has been appointed the 2018-2020 Anne L. Poulet Curatorial Fellow at the Frick Collection in New York.