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Graduate Program

Current Graduate Students: 2019-2020

Emily Bealieu (1st year)
Micayla Bransfield Micayla Bransfield (2nd year, AH)
Micayla graduated from Rutgers University with a BA in Art History and Fine Art. She has working experience at institutions including the Metropolitan Museum of Art, the Museum of Modern Art, and the Israel Museum in Jerusalem. Her current research addresses modern and contemporary art with a focus on post-World War II modes of abstraction, material studies, and issues of collaboration within artistic networks.
Emily Chun Emily Chun (2nd year, AH)
Emily graduated from Wellesley College with a BA in Art History, and has worked at alternative art spaces and art non-profits during her undergraduate career. She is interested in art that uses smells; affect in digital art; the epistemology of vision and its dominance over the human sensorium; techno-Orientalism; and art that uses technology to create alternative embodied knowledge and a wider vision of what it means to be human.
Quinn Divens Quinn Divens (2nd year, AH)
Quinn recently earned her B.A. from George Washington University, where she studied International Affairs, French, and Art History. During her time at GW, she interned at the National Portrait Gallery, the Smithsonian Provenance Research Initiative, and the U.S. Embassy in Paris. Additionally, Quinn developed her professional skills as an art history research assistant and an art consulting project assistant. She completed her undergraduate career by writing an honors thesis that studied Algerian Surrealist Baya Mahieddine within the contexts of outsider art and the male gaze. Ultimately, Quinn strives to contribute to the flourishing discussion around the representation of women in modernist paintings. Quinn is delighted to join the Tufts art history community, and plans to pursue a curatorial career in the years after graduation.
Megan Dixon Megan Dixon (2nd year, AH)
Megan completed her bachelors at the University of California Santa Barbara, where she studied Art History, Global Studies, and German. Fascinated by interdisciplinary approaches, Megan pursued an Honors Thesis that would allow her to bring together her areas of study and received UCSB's Howard C. Fenton Fellowship to travel to Germany and conduct research on her paper Academic Colonialism and Acquired Collections: Unpacking the Rationalization of Cultural Heritage Ownership. Megan has had internships with UCSB's Special Research Collections, Art, Design and Architecture Museum, and with the collaborative exhibition Pacific Standard Time, where she worked as a curatorial intern for Sacred Art in the Age of Contact. Apart from cultural heritage and theories of cultural exchange, enduring interests of Megan's include medieval art; the phenomenology of the Christian image; representations of religious minority communities; and material studies.
Christine Evers Christine Evers (1st year)
Christine recently earned her B.A. from Wheaton College in Massachusetts, where she studied Art History and History. She worked as a Collections Assistant and later a Curatorial Intern for the Wheaton College Permanent Collection. In the summer of 2017, Christine worked on a grant-funded project conducting research in the Marion B. Gebbie Archives and Special Collections to better document the history of art education and art collecting at Wheaton College. As part of a seminar course in the fall of 2018, she co-curated the exhibition It's Elemental: Fire at the Beard & Weil Galleries. Through Boston University, Christine also spent a semester in London studying British art. While there, she interned at the Westminster City Archives in their conservation department. Christine is excited to explore her passion for provenance research during her time at Tufts. More specifically, she is interested in the questions and ethics surrounding the ownership, transaction, and control of art objects and its relationship to global inequalities of power, issues of restitution and repatriation, and the role provenance plays in the commercial art market today.
Natalie Gearin Natalie Gearin (1st year)
Natalie grew up in Boston, but has spent much of the last few years in Philadelphia, where she got her B.A. in Art History and Global Studies from Temple University. In undergrad, she interned with the Somerville Arts Council and the Barnes Foundation, and has worked at the ICA Boston and the Philadelphia Museum of Art. She is predominantly interested in contemporary video art and its accessibility to viewers seeking an experience rooted in education and agency. She's also interested in creating inquiry-based lessons and tours for student groups in art museums that emphasize slow looking and students' personal experiences.
Jackie Kong Jackie Kong (2nd year, AH)
Jackie is a graduate of New York University with a B.F.A in Studio Art and double major in Art History. Throughout her undergraduate career she interned at the Whitney Museum of American Art, as well as several art galleries. Her research interests include the intersection of dance and drawing, and the reflexive utilization of content and context in Post-Minimalist artwork. She hopes to return to her studio art background one day to teach Modern and Contemporary art history to young artists.
Corey Loftus Corey Loftus (1st year)
Corey Loftus graduated from the University of Pennsylvania in 2018 with a BA History of Art and minor in Religious Studies. At Tufts, she continues her studies with a focus on 20th century art in the Americas with interests in modes of transport in relation to the movement of art, materiality studies, and a geographical interest in Cuba. During her time in Philadelphia, Corey worked at a variety of major art institutions including the Barnes Foundation, the Institute of Contemporary Art, the Arthur Ross Gallery, Christie's Auction House, and in the studio of Philadelphia-based artist, Douglas Witmer. Additionally, she remains actively involved in historic preservation efforts to protect 19th century architecture in West Philadelphia from potential demolition and development threats. Thus, questions pertaining to the ethics of preservation and lives (or lack thereof) of art and architecture over time also inform and complicate her research.
Abigail Lynn Abigail Lynn (1st year)
Abigail (Abby) Lynn graduated from Manchester University as a triple major in art, history, and Spanish. During her undergraduate studies, she had the opportunity to work in a number of galleries, and complete an internship at the Nelson-Atkins Museum in Kansas City, Missouri. At the Nelson-Atkins Museum, Abby coordinated interactive educational sessions that allowed youth to engage with art in a meaningful way. During her time as an undergraduate, Abby spent a year studying abroad in Barcelona, Spain. Her experiences there inspired her senior thesis titled, A Call to War: How Propaganda was used to Encourage Civilian Involvement in the Spanish Civil War of 1936, which she later presented as the keynote speaker during Manchester University's Student Research Symposium in 2017. After completing her undergraduate degree, Abby moved to Manhattan, Kansas where she worked and volunteered at the Marianna Kistler Beach Museum of Art. Here she assisted with the design, content, and editing of the museum's first digital humanities website. Abby's primary research interests engage with art as propaganda. More specifically, she is interested in how creators of images use particular tactics to influence an individual's thinking. During her time at Tufts, Abby hopes to expand her research concerning the political and motive power of images, explore the function of museums within society, and encourage all members of the community to engage with art in creative and evocative ways. After her time at Tufts, Abby intends to pursue a Ph.D. in art history and hopes to enjoy a career as a museum curator.
Hannah McIsaac Hannah McIsaac (1st year)
Hannah earned her B.A. in Art History from Wheaton College, Massachusetts. Throughout her undergraduate career, she served as an intern at the Museum of Old Newbury in Newburyport, Massachusetts and pursued her interest in ancient Egyptian art through research opportunities at the Museo Egizio in Turin, Italy and the Rijksmuseum van Oudheden in Leiden, Netherlands. Her undergraduate thesis discussed how international museum exhibitions address the history of Egyptology as a discipline. As a member of the Tufts art history community, she hopes to focus on her interest in cultural heritage, feminist theory, and the influence of ancient art in the Medieval world.
Sonnie Solomon Sonnie Solomon (2nd year, AH)
Sonnie earned her B.A. in Anthropology and the History of Art and Architecture from the University of Pittsburgh. She has interned at various Pittsburgh arts organizations, including Carnegie Museum of Art and Contemporary Craft, and served as a programming coordinator for the Carnegie Mellon International Film Festival. Most recently, she worked in the curatorial department at The Andy Warhol Museum, where she focused on public programs. These experiences fostered an appreciation for contemporary art as a subversive tool and platform for social action. She intends to explore her interests in the history of photography and performance art at Tufts.
Kevin Vogelaar Kevin Vogelaar (2nd year, AH/MS)
Kevin Vogelaar comes from Fordham University, where he earned his first M.A. in Medieval Studies with focuses in Pilgrimage Studies and Interfaith Relations with special emphasis on the art and literature of the Near East, Iberian Peninsula, and Francia in the 5th-11th centuries. This past summer, Kevin received a Summer Research Fellowship from Fordham University to explore the impact of Syriac apocalyptic in the development of Christian imperial and Islamic caliphal expressions of authority and identity. During his time at Fordham, Kevin worked in the Archives and Special Collections office of the Walsh Family Library, where he worked as the area specialist for medieval manuscripts and curated exhibitions of medieval and modern relics. On behalf of the Walsh Library, he taught undergraduate classes and graduate master classes in codicology and manuscript studies. Kevin is particularly interested in the interactions of artistic and literary movements and the cooperative and competitive participation in such movements by Christians, Muslims, Jews, and Zoroastrians in the Early Middle Ages and the modern conceptualization of those interactions now. He also seeks to explore more fully the complimentary roles of sight, hearing, and the other senses in understanding the presence and impact of an object in the museum and beyond. Kevin intends to pursue a curatorial career after graduation.
Yuzhu Wang Yuzhu Wang (1st year)
Originally from Beijing, China, Yuzhu earned her B.A. in archaeology from Renmin University of China. Throughout her undergraduate career, she interned as an art history research and teaching assistant in the National Museum of China, Poly Art Museum and several other galleries. Additionally, Yuzhu had gained professional skills and experience as an excavator and investigator in Tuchengzi, a Neolithic site in Liaoning, China. She interested in gender studies and materiality, trying to explore the elucidation of ancient statues through relevant methods. At Tufts, Yuzhu intends to expand her art historical knowledge outside China to delve into the morphology between cultures. She plans to pursue a Ph.D. and ultimately, a career in academia after graduation.
Sophia Wright Sophia Wright (1st year)
Sophia graduated from Savannah College of Art and Design with a BA in Art History. During her time at SCAD, she led University workshops in the areas of Art History, Psychology, and Mathematics. She further developed her teaching skills as a Writing Fellow with Deep Center, a nonprofit organization that aims to foster creative development in Savannah's youth. Her undergraduate research paper entitled "The New Masses: Uncovering Ideological Attitudes through Visual Literature" earned an honorable distinction at the Larry W. Forrest Symposium for its innovative use of digital archives. Her current research interests are in contemporary art theory, with an emphasis on the intersection of virtual reality with art, spirituality, and consciousness.
Yue Xiu Yue Xiu (2nd year, AH/MS)
Originally from Nanjing, China, Yue earned her B.A in History of Art from Bryn Mawr College. Interested in modern Chinese Art and Japanese Art, she held internships at the Philadelphia Museum of Art throughout her senior year and following her graduation. Gaining experiences at the museum's Contemporary Art, South Asian Art, and East Asian Art Departments, she has built a comprehensive knowledge of the museum's curatorial routine, from her independent research projects, archival experiences, and administrative tasks. In the past year, she worked with the Senior Curator of East Asian Art Department curating an exhibition named "Philadelphia Collects Meiji." This exhibition, which will open in September 2018, features objects from four celebrated 19th century American collectors of Japanese art. These museum experiences extend her love for History of Art and Museum studies, and she is excited to further her study at Tufts University.
Megan Zembower Megan Zembower (1st year)
Megan earned her B.A. in Art History and French from Denison University. While there, she completed a thesis entitled “Monuments, Movements, and Memory: the Visual and Spatial Implications of the Shooting at Emanuel African Methodist Episcopal Church,” which she later presented at Bowling Green State University's Emerging Perspectives in Africana Studies Conference. Upon graduation, she served as the McDermott Intern for African Art at the Dallas Museum of Art and later worked in educational programming at the Gibbes Museum of Art in Charleston, South Carolina. Megan is interested in historical commemoration, traditional African Art, cultural heritage, and issues of restitution and repatriation.