Eleanore is a doctoral candidate in art and architectural history in the McIntire Department of Art. She studies the intersection of landscape, gender, and empire in eighteenth- and nineteenth-century British art and visual culture with a particular focus on drawings, prints, and their intermedial relationships. Her interests also extend to the legacy of empire, including contemporary Indigenous art from Australia. Under the direction of Professor Douglas Fordham, she is writing the dissertation The Global Landscapes of Maria Graham (1785-1842).
Kat Miller is fourth-year doctoral candidate studying American architecture and art with Professor Richard Guy Wilson. Her research interests include public architecture, the professionalization of architecture in early America, the business of architecture, architectural photography, and architectural representation.
Justin's research at the University of Virginia focuses on the archaeology of the Byzantine Empire, monastic landscapes, ceramic use in rituals of authority and power, and archaeological survey methods. Justin also retains an interest in the material culture of Ottoman Cyprus and Greece, particularly the archaeology of coffee and tobacco consumption and their accompanying ceramics (e.g. Kütahya ware, porcelains, and pipes).
Clara Ma is a Ph.D candidate studying the history of Asian art and architecture. Her interests include medieval Buddhist visual culture, the ritual use of Buddhist art and architecture, and the cross-cultural interaction along the Silk Road. Clara received her B.A. magna cum laude from St. Lawrence University in 2013. At St. Lawrence University, she conducted her independent research on the development of the Western Pure Land images in Dunhuang as well as the archives of the British Museum.
James is an archeologist working on the relationship between identity and space in the Late Antique and Byzantine city. He is interested in the transformation of urban landscapes in 4th to 8th century Mediterranean, and the intersections of gender, monumentality, and the sacred in shaping the embodied experience.
James holds a B.A. in Classics from Cornell University, where he worked on the construction of citizen identity in legal and rhetorical contexts of classical Athens.
As a field archeologist, he excavated in Doclea, Montenegro.
Erik graduated cum laude from the College of William & Mary in 2012 as a history major and an art history minor. While studying at William & Mary, he spent a semester abroad at the University of St. Andrews and another semester with the William & Mary in Washington Program, where he interned at the Corcoran Gallery of Art and studied "The Future of Art in Modern Culture" in Washington, D.C.
Justin earned his bachelor's degree from Kenyon College (2009) and a masters in Art History from the University of Alabama (2014). His thesis, "Quod vocatur Paradiso: The Pigna and the Atrium of Old St. Peter's," focused on the monumental ancient bronze pigna, or pinecone, that was once the unifying water feature of a fountain located in the atrium of the church of Old St. Peter's in Rome.
Elyse studies American design, decorative arts, and architecture of the nineteenth and twentieth centuries under the guidance of Richard Guy Wilson.
Janet Dunkelbarger is a doctoral student in the Program for Mediterranean Art and Archaeology. Janet's research focuses on ancient Roman dining practices, looking specifically to dining in the garden and how the archaeological evidence from this specific context contributes to and expands our current understanding of Roman conviviality and foodways. Janet is also interested in Roman urbanism, infrastructure, and economy, in particular how waste management infrastructures developed over time to support the operation of industry in Roman cities.