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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Ruth Ezra

Northern European Art, 1400-1700
Ruth Ezra specializes in the art of late medieval and... Read more about Ruth Ezra

Steffani Bennett

Pre-modern Japanese Art
Steffani Bennett graduated with honors from the University of Washington with a major in art history and a minor in Japanese language. She entered the Ph.D. program at Harvard in 2012 in the field of Japanese art history. Steffani specializes in pre-modern Japanese painting, focusing on the history and development of ink painting and Chinese-style painting of the Muromachi period (1334-1573). Within this realm, Steffani is especially interested in East Asian cross-cultural exchange,... Read more about Steffani Bennett