Amanda Beresford works on European modern art and modernist dance, with a minor in Italian Renaissance art. Her thesis for her MA from Washington University, was titled "The Performance of Art: Picasso, Léger, and Modernist Dance." Her dissertation research is on art, dance and the avant-garde in 1920s Paris.
Mary Reid Brunstrom Mary Reid Brunstrom’s PhD field is modern architecture with her dissertation topic focused on mid-20th century sacred architecture in the St. Louis region. Brunstrom holds two master’s degrees from Washington University, one in art history with a thesis on St. Louis’ early modernist architects and their clients, and the other in liberal arts, with a thesis on Richard Serra’s Twain, his first public sculpture in the USA.
Lacy has a Bachelor of Arts degree in French from Truman State University and is investigating female agency and the eroticization of women as subjects and artists in the Maghreb.
Anna Franklin studies late nineteenth and twentieth century European painting. Her minor area focus is Modern European and American architecture. She joined the PhD program after earning her BA from Vanderbilt University in 2011 and an MA in art history from the University of Florida in 2014. The title of her master’s thesis was Joan Miró: Universality, Collectivity, and Anonymity.
Meg Galindo's research focus is on nineteenth-century British and French art and her minor field is in classical art. She is co-authoring an article on Renaissance bronzes, authoring an essay on Alphonse Mucha and Sarah Bernhardt, and recently co-curated the exhibition Battle of Ideal vs. Real: The Figure in Nineteenth-Century Art at the Kemper Art Museum.
Kate holds an MA from Indiana University, where she completed a thesis titled,"Evocative Objects, Conspicuous Placement: Parlors and Barrooms in John Lewis Krimmel’s Genre Paintings." At Washington University, her major focus is American art, and her minor field is nineteenth-century European art. The working title of her dissertation is, "Painting Ephemera in the Age of Mass-Production: American Trompe l’Oeil Painting and Visual Culture in the Late Nineteenth Century."
Lauren A. Johnson
Lauren A. Johnson holds a B.A. in Art History and History from Bowdoin College and an M.A. in Art History from the Institute of Fine Arts, New York University. She wrote her M.A. thesis on the "Last Summer's Work" landscape paintings by John Frederick Kensett, held in the collection of the Metropolitan Museum of Art. Lauren's major area of study is American art, 1870-1960, with a minor field focusing on nineteenth-century French art.
Mia Laufer is a PhD candidate specializing in Modern European and Contemporary art. Her dissertation is titled "Le Goût Sémite: Art Collecting, Identity, and Antisemitism in Early Third Republic Paris, 1870-1914.” She earned her MA in the department with a thesis on Camille Pissarro’s paintings of Saint Thomas and Venezuela.
Kirsten Marples received a BA in Art History from the University of Kansas and an MA in Art History from Rutgers University. Her thesis considered the visual culture of the peacock feather in British Aestheticism through the lenses of gender, science, and politics. As a PhD student at WashU she focuses on nineteenth-century European art, with a minor area in Japanese art from 1615-1945.
Tola Porter is a PhD student, focusing on early twentieth century modernist sculpture, public art, and memorials. She received her MA from the Institute of Fine Arts, NYU with a thesis that explored the civic and commemorative aspects of Henry Moore's public sculpture "The Arch." She also attained an MA in Arts Administration from Columbia University. She was Associate Curator for Special Exhibitions at the Renee and Chaim Gross Foundation and interned at The Whitney Museum of American Art.
Heather Read is a PhD candidate currently at work on her dissertation, “Canonizing Modernism: Religious Space and the French Avant-Garde, 1939-1956.” Read specializes in twentieth-century modern art with a focus on cross-cultural and transatlantic exchange. Her present study examines modernist interest in Catholic monumentality, in particular the chapels Henri Matisse, Pablo Picasso, and Jean Cocteau decorated along the Côte d'Azur after World War II.
Lindsay studies Italian Renaissance art with a secondary focus in nineteenth-century French art. She received her MA from Washington University in St. Louis in May 2016; her MA thesis examined Michelangelo's Bruges Madonna within the context of the early sixteenth century.
Max received his M.A. from Queen’s University, Kingston, Ontario, with a thesis on “Honoré Daumier’s Allegorical Satires from the Late Second Empire.” His doctoral research focuses on nineteenth-century French art and print culture, specifically from the Second Empire and early Third Republic.