History of Art


Academic, Teaching and Research Staff

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Dr Jess Bailey (Teaching 2023-24)

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


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Dr Gabe Beckhurst (Teaching 2023-24)

Critical histories and practices of photography, performance and live art; LGBTQIA+ artmaking and cultural politics; decolonial ecologies and ecocritical debates and methods; identity and subjectivity; politics of the archive 

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Dr Brian Castriota

Time-based media and contemporary art conservation; archaeological conservation; agential realist, new materialist, post-humanist, and post-qualitative approaches to conservation; essentialism and non/representationalist research practices; fragment, loss, and absence

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; hybridity, visibility and invisibility; nationalism and regional art histories


Dr Anaïs Da Fonseca (Teaching 2023-24)

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. 

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Dr Reuben Fowkes

Art and ecology, contemporary art and climate change, twentieth century history of environmental art, art and the Anthropocene, Central and Eastern European art, socialist art

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Dr Maja Fowkes (Teaching 2023-24)

Art and ecology, contemporary art and climate change, twentieth century history of environmental art, art and the Anthropocene, Central and Eastern European art, socialist art

Tamar Garb

Professor Tamar Garb

19th and 20th century European art; feminism and global politics; photographic and contemporary art from Africa; the image of the 'Jew'; race, racialisation and representation in modern and contemporary art

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Dr Tea Ghigo

Materials analysis of heritage collections, Pigments and dyes, illuminated manuscripts, watercolours and paintings, 19th century England, Late Antiquity

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.

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Dr Vivek Gupta (BA Postdoctoral Fellow 2023-2026)

Islam, South Asia, Indian Ocean; transculturation; affect and experience; manuscript studies; scribal knowledge; Arabic, Persian, and Hindavi; translation and circulation; intersections between art and science; decolonial nonmodern; ‘global medieval, early modern;’ ‘ludic’ arts or the arts of play. 

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Libby Ireland

Contemporary art conservation, inherited practices in collection care, relationships between artists and museums, modern materials

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; colonial photography; twentieth-century partition history; museum studies; repatriation politics; postcolonial theory and criticism

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 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; German interwar art, aesthetics and the historiography of art; feminist and historical materialisms, ecology, contemporary art

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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

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Dr Ben Pollitt (Teaching 2023-24)

Eighteenth- and nineteenth-century British art, maritime exploration and print culture

Caroline Rae

Dr Caroline Rae (Teaching 2023-24)

16th and 17th century Northern European art, émigré practice, court artists and portraiture, Mary, Queen of Scots, Henry Fuseli RA, technical art history, material studies, conservation

Dr Nicholas Robbins

Dr Nicholas Robbins

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

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 (Teaching until April 2024)

Histories and theories of photography; race and representation; American film, media and visual culture

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-16th century. The material uses and effects – social, political and aesthetic – of metals, across media and over time

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