History of Art


Academic and Teaching Staff

Jess Bailey

Dr Jess Bailey

Medieval visual culture; disability and gender studies approaches to the representation of the body and violence.

Gabe Beckhurst

Dr Gabe Beckhurst

Histories of photography, performance and live art; LGBTQIA+ artmaking, cultural politics and its intersections with queer theory; environmental art, ecology and ecocritical debates and methods; identity and subjectivity; archives 

Natasha Eaton

Dr Natasha Eaton

18th- and 19th-century British art, post-coloniality and empire

Briony Fer

Professor Briony Fer

20th-century European and American art; contemporary art

Emily Floyd

Dr Emily Floyd

Pre-Columbian and colonial art of Latin America; print culture and materiality in colonial South America; movement and circulation; decolonial theory; hybridity, visibility and invisibility; material religion; colonialism and race; nationalism and the construction of regional art histories


Dr Anaïs Da Fonseca

Modern and contemporary art from South Asia, the history of craft, design, and “folk and tribal arts,” and the politics of culture and heritage in South Asia. 

Tamar Garb

Professor Tamar Garb

19th- and 20th-century European art; feminism and global politics; art and visual culture in South Africa; colonial critique, photographic histories and contemporary art from Africa; the image of the 'Jew'; race, racialisation and representation in modern and contemporary art

Dr Jacopo Gnisci

Dr Jacopo Gnisci

Medieval art and architecture of Africa; Ethiopic, Syriac, Armenian, and Copto-Arabic illuminated manuscripts; Ethiopian and Eritrean art; historiography; Oriental Orthodox Christianity.

Cadence Kinsey

Dr Cadence Kinsey

Contemporary art, digital media, histories of art and technology, live art and performamce, questions of gender and subjectivity

Dr Aparna Kumar

Dr Aparna Kumar

Modern and contemporary art in a global frame; art and architecture of South Asia; Islamic art in South Asia; colonial photography; twentieth-century partition history; museum studies; repatriation politics; postcolonial theory and criticism; object mobilities; cross-border methodologies

Pip Laurenson

Professor Pip Laurenson

Art, Design and Architecture; Cultural Understanding; Heritage, Industry and Cultures; Media, Communications and Information; Thoughts, Beliefs and Philosophy; Sustainable Cities. 

Dr Hélia Marçal

Dr Hélia Marçal

Materiality in the conservation of time-based media and performance art; feminist new materialisms; ethics and performativity of cultural heritage; notions of periphery/decentring, inclusions/exclusions, in material art histories and conservation

Bob Mills

Professor Robert Mills

Medieval visual culture; representations of pain and punishment; saints; gender and sexuality; animal studies; translation

Rosemary Moore

Dr Rosemary Moore

Early modern art and anatomy, knowledge and the body, interactive prints. 

Jenny Nachtigall

Dr Jenny Nachtigall

19th and 20th century European art and architecture in its global contexts, German interwar art and visual culture, aesthetics and the historiography of art, theories of form and formalism, feminist and historical materialisms, life-making and the vitalist imagination, ecology, contemporary art

Mignon Nixon

Professor Mignon Nixon

Modern and contemporary art; questions of feminism, gender, sexuality and subjectivity; artistic resistance to militarism and war; psychoanalysis; violence; the politics of peace

Jacob Paskins

Dr Jacob Paskins

Modern architecture and urban design. 

Caroline Rae

Dr Caroline Rae

Sixteenth and seventeenth century Northern European art (especially paintings produced in the Netherlands, England and Scotland), influence of émigré practice and circulation of artists in this period, court artists, court portraiture (especially art produced at the Elizabethan and Jacobean courts), Mary, Queen of Scots, Henry Fuseli RA, technical art history/ technical studies, material studies, conservation.

Dr Nicholas Robbins

Dr Nicholas Robbins

19th Century art and visual culture in Britain, the former British empire, and North America

Lauren Rozenberg

Dr Lauren Rozenberg

Medieval material and visual culture; embodiment, history of medicine, vision 

Rose Marie San Juan

Professor Rose Marie San Juan

Early modern Italian visual culture (Rome and Naples); urban space and visual technologies (print / film)

Dr Kimberly Schreiber

Dr Kimberly Schreiber

Histories and theories of photography; race and representation; American film, media and visual culture; visual culture of the US carceral state.

Stephanie Schwartz

Dr Stephanie Schwartz

Photography and its histories; documentary; American modernism

Alison Stielau

Dr Allison Stielau

Northern European art and material culture, c.1400-1700 

Richard Taws

Professor Richard Taws

18th- and 19th-century French and British visual culture; art and the French Revolution; print culture; history and theory of media and technology

Alison Wright

Professor Alison Wright

Painting, sculpture, goldsmith work, drawing/design, mainly Italian, from the 14th to the earlier 16th century. Having focussed historically on questions of artistic practice, patronage, ideology and reception, Alison's current research on surfaces addresses the material uses and effects – social, political and aesthetic – of metals, across media and over time

Image: Still Life with Flowers and Gold Cups of Honor, Clara Peeters, 1612