Alex Del Dago is a first-year Ph.D. student in the Art & Architectural History graduate program at the University of Virginia. Working with David Getsy, Alex studies and works in the field of Modern & Contemporary American Art, with an emphasis on gender & sexuality, queer studies, and social/political art and material culture.
Huajie (Catherine) Fan is a first-year doctoral student studying medieval Buddhist art with Professor Dorothy Wong. Before joining UVA in 2022, Catherine graduated from SOAS University of London with an MA in History of Art and Archaeology. The master's thesis at SOAS, entitled "An Iconological Study of the Uṣṇīṣavijayā Cult in Dunhuang," explored different stages of the Uṣṇīṣavijayā cult in Dunhuang from the eighth to thirteenth century to reveal distinctive localized development of this cult.
Emily is a first-year PhD student in Art & Architectural History studying with Dr. Sarah Betzer. Emily’s research focuses on the materials of sculpture, specifically plaster in nineteenth-century France.
Ganiyu Jimoh is a second-year PhD student in the History of Art and Architecture program. His research interest is in Africa's modern and contemporary visual culture, focusing on digital arts and animation.
Catherine Doucette is a first-year PhD student in Art & Architectural History studying under the guidance of Dr. Louis Nelson. Catherine studies the material cultures of the early modern circum-Atlantic world, with a particular interest in the craft and decorative arts of colonial Jamaica. Before starting her PhD, Catherine earned her Master’s degree in Art History from The Courtauld Institute of Art. She received her BA in Fine Arts, with a concentration in Art History, from Saint Anselm College in 2018.
Ash Duhrkoop specializes 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 third-year doctoral student researching 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.