Ash Duhrkoop is a second-year doctoral student specializing in Twentieth-century and African art, with an interest in ecocriticism. Her current research considers the impacts of colonialism, industrialization, and extractive economies on art and material culture in the Democratic Republic of the Congo. This interest stems from her undergraduate thesis, Atomic Bodies, which traced connections between artistic responses to the atomic bombings of Hiroshima and Nagasaki and the nuclear meltdown at the Fukushima Daiichi nuclear energy plant in Japan.
Elisabeth (Lizzie) Rivard is a first-year doctoral student studying art of the long eighteenth century under Dr. Douglas Fordham, with a particular focus on Britain. She received a MA through the Graduate Program in the History of Art at Williams College, where she wrote a Qualifying Paper on the draftsmanship and portraiture of George Romney. Her primary interests concern works on paper, especially drawing in artistic practice and identity formation. She has also written on eighteenth-century print culture and decorative arts.
Isabelle Ostertag is a first-year doctoral candidate studying English medieval architecture under Dr. Lisa Reilly. She received a Master of Philosophy in History of Art and Architecture from the University of Cambridge where she studied under the supervision of Dr. Paul Binski. Her dissertation provided the first complete description of the sculptural program in the Lady Chapel at Ely Cathedral. After completing her MPhil she worked in the art sector in New York City, first at Doyle Auction House and then at the Hill Art Foundation.
Jennifer Marine is a second-year doctoral student in the History of Art program working under the direction of Professor Douglas Fordham. She studies nineteenth-century British art, with a focus on late Victorian painting and sculpture. Her research questions center around intersections of the history of science, physics, psychology, materiality, and Victorian art in both England and the British Empire.
Brendan O’Donnell joins the Department of Art as a first year PhD student working with Christa Robbins and Douglas Fordham. His research focuses on art and artistic practice in and of the Arctic. Prior to his arrival in Charlottesville, Brendan studied comparative literary theory and philosophy at Freie Universität in Berlin, Ca’ Foscari in Venice, and the University of Massachusetts at Dartmouth.
Stephanie Polos is a first-year PhD student in the Program for Mediterranean Art and Archaeology studying under Dr. Tyler Jo Smith. Her study interests lie in Archaic and Classical Greek art, with a focus on vase-painting, iconography, and representations of gender and non-conformity in Greek art.
Karl is a second-year doctoral candidate working under the direction of Sarah Betzer. His research focuses on formulations of classical and neoclassical aesthetics in French sculptural practice of the late seventeenth and eighteenth century.
Caroline Carter is a second-year Ph.D. student in the Program in Mediterranean Art and Archaeology studying Classical Archaeology under Dr. Tyler Jo Smith. Her research interests are interdisciplinary, focusing on Greek religion and ritual (primarily during the Archaic and Classical periods), myth and iconography, animal studies, the archaeology of sacred landscapes, the archaeology of caves, and the region of ancient Arcadia (Greece).
Jinchao Zhao is a Ph.D. candidate specializing in visuality, materiality, and transculturality in early medieval Chinese Buddhist art. Under the direction of Professor Dorothy C. Wong, her dissertation "Refiguring the Buddha Realm: Buddhist Stupa/Pagoda Imagery in Early Medieval China, ca. 400-600 CE" investigates the Chinese reception and appropriation of the Buddhist stupa worship in early medieval China by examining stupa and pagoda images.