PhD Thesis Topics

Indigenous art, Coast Salish blanket weaving, textile art, institutional critique
20th Century East German Performance Art, Soviet Design and Eastern European Feminist ‘Near-Collectives”
Drawings/Prints/Work on Paper/Artistic Practice; Decorative Arts; Multimedia/Intermedia; Politics; Nineteenth Century; Twentieth Century; Northern Europe.
Thesis Title: Mutable Moderns: An Art Colony in Blackfoot Territory and the Lives of Its Works
Early Modern artistic encounter between Europe and Asia, with a specific focus on 18th-century Korean art
Thesis Title: Expanding the Limits of Sound (Art): Aesthetics On the Edge of Humanity
Thesis Title: Punching through Documentary
Early modern European print culture, the relation between the human and the machine, and the replication, dissemination, and circulation of printed images.
Thesis Title: Modernism Laid Bare: Mediation, Measurement, and Mathematics 1870-1970
Thesis Title: Microscope/Macrocosm: Early Modern Technology, Visualization and Representations of Nature
Contemporary art, curatorial practice and museum studies, post-1960s artistic practices, institutional critique, performance, socially engaged art, intersections in art and pedagogy
Indigenous Northwest Coast Art, performance, critique of colonialism
Thesis Title: The ‘Mass Media’ Debates between the Caricaturists Honoré Daumier and Cham: 1866 – 1870
Thesis Title: Disappearing Threads: Art, Text, and Textile during Dictatorship in Argentina, Brazil, and Chile
Thesis Title: The Conceptual, The Romantic and the Non-Human: the SÚM Group and the Emergence of Contemporary Art in Iceland 1965-1978


Katherine Jackson

Thesis Title: Total Economy: The Artist Placement Group (1966-1976)
Advisor: Jaleh Mansoor – Reader(s): T'ai Smith, Charlotte Townsend-Gault, Joy Sleeman

Jeff O'Brien

Thesis Title: The Right to be Seen: Archiving Absence in Post-Civil War Lebanon
Advisor: John O'Brian – Reader(s): Katherine Hacker, Dina Al-Kassim

Heida Arnadottir

Thesis Title: The Conceptual, the Romantic and the Nonhuman: The SÚM Group and the Emergence of Contemporary Art in Icelan, 1965-1978
Advisor: T'ai Smith – Reader(s): Ignacio Adriasola, Geoffrey Winthrop-Young

Kristen Carter

Thesis Title: Enraged and Confused: Art After Student Revolt, Circa 1970
Advisor: Serge Guilbaut – Reader(s): John O'Brian, Jaleh Mansoor

Marisa Sanchez

Thesis Title: The Beckett Effect: The Work of Stan Douglas, Paul Chan and Tania Bruguera
Advisor: Catherine Soussloff – Reader(s): T'ai Smith, Sima Godfrey

Rajarshi Sengupta

Thesis Title: Making Kalamkari Textiles: Artisans and Agency in Coromandel, India
Advisor: Katherine Hackier – Reader(s): T'ai Smith, Saygin Salgirli

Ivana Vranic

Thesis Title: Making and Remaking Renaissance Sculpture: The Terracotta Groups (1460-1560)
Advisor: Bronwen Wilson – Reader(s): Carol Knicely, John O'Brian




Joan Boychuk

Thesis Title: Multum in Parvo: The Miniatures of Joris Hoefnagel and the Gathered Practices of Central European Court Culture
Advisor: Bronwen Wilson – Reader(s): Carol Knicely, Katherine Hacker

Marcia Crosby

Thesis Title: Urban Aboriginal Cultural Production: A dialogue between representations and the imaginary, and historical facts and experience.
Advisor: Charlotte Townsend-Gault – Reader(s): Maureen Ryan

Yanlong  Guo

Thesis Title: Affordable Luxury: Consumption of Mirrors in Han dynasty Central China
Advisor: Charlotte Townsend-Gault – Reader(s): Yue Hongbin, Alison Bailey, Katherine Hacker, Lillian Lan-ying Tseng

Vytas Narusevicius

Thesis Title: Parallel Processing: Conceptual Art in the Age of Revolt, 1966-1970
Advisor: Serge Guilbaut – Reader(s): Scott Watson, Jaleh Mansoor

Krystel Chehab

Thesis Title: Material Conversations: Naturalism, Discernment and Seventeenth-Century Spanish Still-Life Painting
Advisor: Bronwen Wilson – Reader(s): Carol Knicely, Benjamin Schmidt (U of Washington)

Jean Kyung (Alice) Choi

Michael Coughlin

Thesis Title: Prudence and the Harmonics of Time in the Sixteenth-Century Venetian Architecture
Advisor: Bronwen Wilson – Reader(s): Serge Guilbaut, Erin Campbell (U.Vic)

Mique'l Dangeli

Thesis Title: Dancing Sovereignty: Politics and Protocols of Northwest Coast First Nations Dance
Advisor: Charlotte Townsend-Gualt – Reader(s): Katherine Hacker, Jerry Wasserman, Paige Raibmon

Maja Dujakovic

Thesis Title: On Books and Death: the Danse Macabre Printed Books in the Fifteenth Century
Advisor: Carol Knicely – Reader(s): Bronwen Wilson, Maureen Ryan

Adrienne Fast

Thesis Title: An Indian Impression: Reproduction, Mark-making and Modernity in Early Twentieth Century Bengal
Advisor: Katherine Hacker – Reader(s): Bronwen Wilson, Harjot Oberoi, Anne Murphy

Ivana Horacek

Thesis Title: Alchemy of the gift: Things and Material Transformations at the Court of Emperor Rudolf II
Advisor: Bronwen Wilson – Reader(s): Carol Knicely, Charlotte Townsend-Gault

Menno Hubregtse

Thesis Title: Aero-kinaesthetics: Airport Aesthetics and the Regulation of Mobilities in the Terminal
Advisor: Rhodri Windsor-Liscombe – Reader(s): Charlotte Townsend-Gault, Sherry McKay

Catherine (Kate) Steinmann

Thesis Title: Visceral Exposure: Melanie Gilligan, Hito Steyerl and the Biopolitics of Visibility
Advisor: John O'Brian

Su-Chen Chang

Thesis Title: Improvising a Great Age: the Creating of Qingming Shengshi (A Great Age under a Benign Regime)
Advisor: Dr. Hsingyuan Tsao – Reader(s): Dr. Rhodri Windsor-Liscombe, Dr. Timothy Brook

Asato Ikeda

Thesis Title: Mobilizing Every Body: Japanese Art, Fascism, and War (1931-1945)
Advisor: John O'Brian, Joshua Mostow – Reader(s): Sharalyn Orbaugh, Katherine Hacker

April Liu

Thesis Title: Living in Auspiciousness: the revival of Mianzhu's New Year Picture (nianhua) industry
Advisor: Tsao Hsinghuan – Reader(s): Katherine Hacker, Leo Shin, Catherine Swatek

Geoffrey Carr

Thesis Title: Building Assimilation: Architecture, Memory, and British Columbia's Indian Residential School System
Advisor: Rhodri Windsor-Liscombe – Reader(s): Maureen Ryan, Charlotte Townsend Gault

Kazuko Madar (Kameda)

Thesis Title: Pictures of Social Networks: Transforming Visual Representations of the Orchid Pavilion Gathering in the Tokugawa Period (1615-1868)
Advisor: Joshua Mostow – Reader(s): Marv Cohodas, Tsao Hsinghuan

Darlene Calyniuk

Thesis Title: Pistils and Stamens: Botanophilia, Sex and Nationhood in Eighteenth-Century Georgian Britain
Advisor: Maureen Ryan – Reader(s): John O'Brian, Sherry MacKay

Michael Windover

Thesis Title: Aestheticizing Mobilities: Art Deco and the Fashioning of Interwar Public Cultures
Advisor: Rhodri Windsor-Liscombe – Reader(s): Katherine Hacker, Sherry McKay

Barry Magrill

Thesis Title: A "Commerce of Taste" In Pattern Books of Anglican Church Architecture in Canada 1867-1914
Advisor: Maureen Ryan – Reader(s): Carol Knicely, Malcoom Thurlby, Rhodri Windsor-Liscombe

Martha Lydia Sesin

Thesis Title: Playing Their Game: France, Latin America, and the Transformation of Geometric Abstraction in Postwar Paris
Advisor: Serge Guilbaut – Reader(s): Maureen Ryan, Bill Wood

Dorothy Barenscott

Thesis Title: Troubling Modernity: Spatial Politics, Technologies of Seeing, and the Crisis of the City and the World's Exhibition in Fin de Siècle Budapest
Advisor: Maureen Ryan – Reader(s): John O'Brian, Sherry McKay

Colin Brent Epp

Thesis Title: Art Economy and Criticism
Advisor: Serge Guilbault – Reader(s): Sherry McKay, John O'Brian

Kimberly Jean Phillips

Thesis Title: "Looking for Berlin: Imaginary Cities Behind the Unified Capital"
Advisor: Serge Guilbaut – Reader(s): Maureen Ryan, Sherry McKay, Steven Taubeneck

Megan Smetzer

Thesis Title: Assimilation or Resistance? The Production and Consumption of Tlingit Beadwork
Advisor: Charlotte Townsend-Gault – Reader(s): Marvin Cohodas, Ruth Phillips

Lara Halina Tomaszewska

Thesis Title: Borderlines of Poetry and Art: Vancouver, American Modernism, and the Formation of the West Coast Avant-Garde, 1961-69
Advisor: John O'Brian – Reader(s): Maureen Ryan, Charlotte Townsend-Gault, Serge Guilbaut

Kathleen Lynne Wyma

Thesis Title: Discourse & Practice of Radicalism in Contemp. Indian Art 1960-90
Advisor: Katherine Hacker – Reader(s): Harjot Oberoi, John O'Brian

Aleksandra Idzior

Thesis Title: Urbanotopia and The Frontier
Advisor: Serge Guilbaut – Reader(s): Carol Knicely, Sherry McKay

Charity Mewburn

Thesis Title: Representing the Irish Body in England and France
Advisor: Maureen Ryan – Reader(s): Joy Dixon, Sherry McKay

Patricia Kelly

Thesis Title: From SDS to LDS: Politics, Viewers, and Minimal Art in Late 1960s America
Advisor: Serge Guilbaut – Reader(s): Maureen Ryan, Rose Marie San Juan

Lynn Marie Ruscheinsky

Thesis Title: The Production of Gender in Maya Figurines
Advisor: Marvin Cohodas – Reader(s): Maureen Ryan, Bill French