Graduate Students








Davida Fernandez-Barkan

20th Century

Davida Fernandez-Barkan's research focuses on art, the public, and the state in the twentieth century, with an emphasis on murals and photography in the Americas, Europe, and the Soviet Union during the 1920s and 1930s. She is also interested in contemporary art, particularly in performance and social practices. She received an A.B. in the History of Art and Architecture from Harvard University in 2011... Read more about Davida Fernandez-Barkan



Harmon Siegel

Modern Art and Theory
I study modern European art, focusing especially on how art mediates between selves and society.

My dissertation asks why Claude Monet often painted alongside other artists. I argue that this practice of working together modeled an interpersonal mode of experience and allowed him to avoid the extremes of self versus world and individual versus society. To that end, I reexamine fundamental aspects of impressionism, both formal and social, through the lens of this understudied practice.... Read more about Harmon Siegel
Rahul Kulka

Rahul Kulka

Rahul specialises in Renaissance art and culture, with a... Read more about Rahul Kulka

Sarah Mirseyedi

Nineteenth-Century European and American Art

Sarah Mirseyedi studies nineteenth-century painting, print, and photography, with a focus on the intersections between traditional artistic media and mass image culture. She is currently working on a dissertation project that considers how the invention of mechanical and photomechanical print processes in late-nineteenth century France provided a model for the restructuring and reorganization of artistic labor across various fields of practice, including avant-garde painting.

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