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Graduate Program

Current Graduate Students: 2017-2018

Erynn Bentley Erynn Bentley (2nd year, AH)
Erynn received her BA for Archaeology at Harvard University. After graduating, she spent a year abroad experiencing the finer points of dendrochronological research and French culture. She worked part-time at the Harvard Mineralogical Museum and interned full time at the Harvard Peabody Museum. These experiences, as well as interacting in cultural exchange, fostered a love of learning about and sharing different cultures through museum work and other outreach programs. Her ever-evolving research interests have currently settled upon engaging exhibit creation; ancient and medieval art; the dance between climate and human culture; gender; and the stories behind the artwork.
Sara Connor Sara Connor (2nd year, AH)
Sara earned her B.A. in History of Art from the University of California, Berkeley in 2014. After graduating, she moved back to her hometown of San Diego, California and began working in the Education department of the San Diego Museum of Art. With a focus in the Italian Renaissance and Baroque, Sara is interested in looking at cultural exchange and diffusion. She is also interested in looking at aspects of gender, sexuality, and the place and influence of minority groups during this time period. Sara is excited to begin furthering her studies in art history at Tufts University, and intends to eventually go on to pursue her Ph.D. and enter back into museum work.
Fiona Dang Fiona Dang (1st year)
Fiona is a first-generation college graduate of Williams College, where she earned her B.A. in Art History and Psychology. She has interned or worked at various institutions, including the Williams College Museum of Art, Seattle Art Museum, Frye Art Museum, Wing Luke Museum of the Asian American Pacific Experience, Artist Trust, and Burke Museum of Natural History and Culture. Fiona is particularly drawn to the different modes of storytelling, and aims to examine the complexities of representing the identity and history of marginalized communities.
Madeline Drace Madeline Drace (2nd year, AH)
Madeline graduated from Emory University in December 2015 with a BA in English and Art History. During the spring following her graduation, she interned at the Michael C. Carlos Museum with the Department of Education where she learned how university museums facilitate interactions between arts and communities. She comes to Tufts intent on studying postcolonial African art and continuing that study in a PhD program. When she's finally done figuring out how to be a student, she plans to pursue a career as an art history professor.
Elizabeth Kendrick Elizabeth Kendrick (1st year, AH and MS)
Elizabeth is a native Bostonian and a graduate of Mount Holyoke College with a B.A. in Art History; she also spent a year studying English and Art History at the University of St. Andrews (UK). Throughout college and following graduation, she worked as a curatorial intern and assistant at the Mount Holyoke College Art Museum. She has gained experience as a docent at the Mead Art Museum at Amherst College and in the publications office of the Smithsonian American Art Museum. She is particularly interested in European and American modernism, and aims to explore the role of gender, social movements, artistic networks, and transatlantic exchange in the art of the early 20th century.
Whitney Kite Whitney Kite (2nd year, AH)
Whitney earned her BA from the University of Pennsylvania, where she studied Biological Anthropology, History of Art, and Music. Her focus on Italian Renaissance and Baroque art took her to Italy, where she studied art on-site during a semester abroad in Venice. After graduation, she spent two years as a research fellow at the National Institutes of Health studying malaria genetics. She intends to return to Italian art during her studies at Tufts.
Denia Lara Denia Lara (1st year, AH and MS)
Denia came to Tufts from New York City, where she worked in the education office of The Cloisters for three years after receiving her B.A. in Art History from NYU. As an undergraduate, she held internships at the Museum of Biblical Art and the Whitney Museum of American Art during which she cultivated an interest in the processes behind collecting and exhibiting objects. Denia's area of research is broadly medieval with special focus on the art and culture of the Normans, the Christian kingdoms of the Iberian peninsula, and the spread of Christianity throughout Europe and North Africa. She is engaged in questions about the fabrication and patronage of artworks, primarily paintings and manuscripts.
Rebecca Lowell Rebecca Lowell (2nd year, AH)
Originally from St. Louis, Missouri, Rebecca completed her undergraduate degree in Art History at Columbia University in the City of New York. She has spent the past three years working at the Pulitzer Arts Foundation (in St. Louis) in a number of roles, beginning as a curatorial intern in the fall of 2013. As a result of her focus on medieval and early modern art in her undergraduate career, Rebecca is interested in portable objects, particularly objects of devotion. Over the past few years, this interest has expanded to include 19th century material culture, theories of collecting, and the role of quotidian objects—both from the perspective of the makers and users of said objects.
Kelsey Petersen Kelsey Petersen (1st year, AH and MS)
Kelsey graduated from UCLA with her BA in art history, where she specialized in Byzantine architecture. She also immersed herself in courses focusing on the visual culture of Africa and its diaspora. Following an internship in the education department at the de Young Museum in San Francisco, she began working for Cheza Nami Foundation, a non-profit organization that brings the visual and performing arts of Africa to the Bay Area. She is interested in how African arts intersect with other areas of the diaspora. After graduating she intends to pursue an educational career in a cultural institution. In her free time she enjoys biking around Boston in search of independent bookstores, art museums, and eclectic coffee shops.
James McCabe James McCabe (2nd year, AH)
James graduated from UMass Boston Honors College with a B.A. in Art. While at UMass, he wrote a thesis on the gender dynamics in Fragonard's Progress of Love from the Frick Collection, NYC. Recently, he has worked at the Boys & Girls Clubs of Dorchester as the Art LEAD and Education LEAD. During his time there, he taught weekly classes on art history, world cultures, and folklore for fourth to sixth graders. His area of interest is 18th-19th century French art, specifically with a focus on women artists, Fragonard and his family, national identity, cultural appropriation, and depictions of saints.
Earnestine Qiu Earnestine Qiu (1st year, AH)
Earnestine received her B.A. in Linguistics and Art History from Rutgers University. She spent two years in social work before returning to the humanities and has since interned at the Morgan Library & Museum, the International Center of Medieval Art, and the Metropolitan Museum of Art. Her interests lie in Byzantine architecture and monasticism.
Juan Omar Rodriguez Juan Omar Rodriguez (1st year, AH and MS)
Juan Omar earned his BA in neuroscience at Oberlin College, where he also pursued a minor in art history. As an undergraduate, Juan Omar volunteered as a student docent at the Allen Memorial Art Museum in Oberlin, Ohio and conducted research through the Mellon Mays Undergraduate Fellowship on Mexican painter Diego Rivera's first murals in Mexico City. His experience working in a multisensory integration lab as an undergraduate informs his interest in examining how aesthetic experiences are constructed and how individuals chose to interact with the sociopolitical nuances of artworks. At Tufts, Juan Omar is excited to focus his studies on modern and contemporary Latinx art in the U.S. and in exploring how display practices can facilitate critical and nuanced interpretations of art.
Marina Schneider Marina Schneider (1st year, AH and MS)
Originally from Houston Texas, Marina received her B.A. in art history from DePaul University, in the arctic city of Chicago. After graduating, she spent two years studying Arabic at the University of Houston with a few months of study abroad in Oman. Though she likes to expand her art historical knowledge in numerous directions, her research interests always return to the art of the Islamic world; especially moments of cross-cultural interaction. At Tufts she hopes to figure out if she would like to continue on to a Ph.D. and work in academia or pursue a career at a museum.
Joseph Semkiu Joseph Semkiu (2nd year, AH)
Joe attended Northwestern University in Evanston, Illinois where he earned his B.A. in art history and Italian, focusing on early twentieth century American art. His current research ranges from the intersection between art and advertising to the work of the American surrealists to early twentieth century American master drawings and watercolors. While at Northwestern, he curated the exhibition, "Revenge and Repose: Classical Mythology from the Collection," at the Mary and Leigh Block Museum of Art. The past two years he has worked at The Art Institute of Chicago in the Department of Prints and Drawings, both as a curatorial intern and as a curatorial research assistant. This fall 2015, Joe researched and helped curate with Mark Pascale, the Janet and Craig Duchossois Curator of Prints and Drawings, the exhibition "Homegrown: The School of the Art Institute in the Permanent Collection," featuring works by alumni from SAIC. This year, Joe has worked on the upcoming summer 2017 exhibition featuring the drawings of The New Yorker artist Saul Steinberg.