Catherine Doucette

PhD Student

Catherine Doucette is a second-year PhD student in Art & Architectural History studying the material cultures of the early modern Caribbean and Atlantic world under the guidance of Professor Louis Nelson. Her research explores the material worlds of colonial Jamaica, spanning from the late seventeenth century to the post-emancipation period, through an investigation of the objects locally crafted on the island and through an examination of the networks of consumers, retailers, and craftspeople (both enslaved and free) that emerged in the urban centers of Port Royal, Kingston, and Spanish Town. Her research centers around questions of empire, consumerism, materiality, and the world of goods. Catherine’s research has been generously funded by The Paul Mellon Center, The Decorative Arts Trust, The Silver Society, UVA’s Center for Global Inquiry and Innovation, and the Graduate School of Arts and Sciences at UVA. At the University of Virginia, Catherine is an Interdisciplinary Doctoral Fellow in Caribbean Literatures, Arts, and Cultures.

Before starting her PhD, Catherine earned her Master’s degree in Art History from The Courtauld Institute of Art where she studied the art history of the early modern Atlantic world. Previously, Catherine interned in the Department of European Sculpture and Decorative Arts at The Metropolitan Museum of Art where she provided supporting research for the new installation of the British Decorative Arts and Sculpture galleries. She also held positions at the Preservation Society of Newport County, the British Museum, the Cleveland Museum of Art, the Philadelphia Museum of Art, and the Museum of Fine Arts, Boston. 

Catherine is an Interdisciplinary Doctoral Fellow in Caribbean Literatures, Arts, and Cultures at UVA.