Caroline Carter is a first-year Ph.D. student in the Program in Mediterranean Art and Archaeology studying under Dr. Tyler Jo Smith. Caroline has participated on several excavations in Israel and Greece, most notably the Mt. Lykaion Excavation and Survey Project in Arcadia (Greece) where she is a Trench Supervisor. Caroline has also interned in curatorial departments at several museums (North Carolina Museum of Art and Ackland Art Museum), working with Classical collections. Caroline received her M.A.
Jinchao's research interests include interactions and transformations of Buddhist art between India and China along the silk route before 8th Century AD, relationships between Buddhist sacred texts and visual representations, and narrative modes of Buddhist stories depicted on slabs and mural paintings.
Lauren Van Nest is a doctoral student in art and architectural history in the McIntire Department of Art at the University of Virginia. She studies medieval art history under the direction of Professor Eric Ramírez-Weaver. Her research explores illuminated manuscripts of the Romanesque period in their ritualized contexts, including analysis of how objects generate and activate networked relationships among earthly and heavenly realms.
Sean's research focuses on the interaction between the Romans and the Iron Age peoples along the Germanic frontier of the Roman Empire. Aspects of military action, colonization, and identity are central to this research. Sean has excavated at the site of Morgantina in Sicily, serving as an assistant supervisor in 2013. Prior to attending the University, Sean was an archaeologist working on Colonial period sites in northern Virginia.
Dylan's interest in the history of architecture began as an undergraduate at Wake Forest University, where he graduated summa cum laude and earned honors for a thesis that sought to reinterpret the liminality of the English Baroque. Prior to joining the joint program at the University of Virginia, Dylan completed his MA at the Courtauld Institute of Art in 2014 with a dissertation that considered the visual, geographical, and symbolic relationship between James Gibbs' St Mary-le-Strand and Christopher Wren's recently completed St Paul's Cathedral.
Kelvin is a current doctoral candidate specializing in race, identity, and materiality in nineteenth and twentieth-century American art, Modern sculpture, and sculptural theory, and eighteenth and nineteenth-century trans-Atlantic visual culture under the direction of Dr. Carmenita Higginbotham. He graduated cum laude from Duquesne University, where he earned his bachelor’s degree in history and art history and received the Giorgio Vasari Award for Excellence in Art History. He completed his senior thesis on David Gilmour Blythe’s paintings of president Abraham Lincoln.
Najee is a PhD candidate in the Program for Mediterranean Art and Archaeology (PMAA) studying under Dr. Tyler Jo Smith. Prior to his arrival at UVA, he earned a double B.A. with distinction in Anthropology and Classical Civilization at the University of Illinois at Chicago, and an M.A. in Classical Archaeology at the University of Arizona. Najee’s research focus is the art and archaeology of Archaic and Classical Greece, with specific emphasis on pottery produced in the city of Athens.