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The graduate program in the history and theory of art and architecture at Binghamton University is home to a diverse community of students from New York state, across the United States, and around the world. Many students join Binghamton's program after having received a BA or MA from another institution in the SUNY system. Over the past twenty years, students have also come to Binghamton from Brazil, Cambodia, Canada, China, India, Israel, Jordan, Korea, Mexico, Nigeria, Poland, Saudi Arabia, Taiwan, Turkey, and other countries. At Binghamton, MA and PhD students undertake research on a range of topics, as featured below. Visit the the list of recently completed PhDs to view other research topics that doctoral students have pursued in the department.

 Student Hometowns Mapped

Amanda Beardsley

Amanda Beardsley                     

PhD candidate
MA Art History, University of Utah, 2011
BA Art History, University of Utah, 2009
Research Interests: spatial politics, identity, performance, site specificity, cultural production, 20th Century art and architecture
Advisor: Tom McDonough

Sierra Blumenthal

MA program
Advisor: Jeffrey Kirkwood

Laurel Anne Braun

Laurel Anne Braun

PhD candidate
MA Art History, Binghamton University, 2012
BA Art History, Oswego State University of New York, 2010
AOS Bryant & Stratton College
Dissertation Title: "Statements of Materiality within the Liminal Spaces of Double Monasteries"
Advisor: Andrew Walkling

Lauren Cesiro

PhD program
MA Art History and Criticism, Stony Brook University, 2011
BA Studio Art, Fairfield University, 2006
Research interests: Histories of photographies, twentieth century American photography, art, and visual culture, representations of the body in photography
Advisor: John Tagg
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Yuri Chang

PhD candidate
MA Ewha Women's University, 2006
BA Ewha Women's University, 2002
Proposed Dissertation Topic: Making Monuments: The Production of Space and the Politics of Memory in Post-Gwangju South Korea
Advisor: Tom McDonough

Hyeok Cho

PhD candidate
MA Art History, Hongik University, Korea
BFA Painting, Hongik University, Korea
Research interests: Contemporary Korean, Japanese, and Chinese art; feminist art and theory; postcolonial theory
Dissertation title: "Can the Subaltern Artist Speak?: Postmodernity, Femininity, and Racial Identity in Lee Bul's Art"
Advisor: John Tagg

Allison Coppola

MA program

Alissa DeWit-Paul           

PhD candidate
MARCH University of Buffalo
BS Design and Environmental Analysis concentration in Interior Design, Cornell University
Dissertation topic: the history and mythology of sustainable architecture
Advisor: Thomas McDonough

 

Cagatay Emre Dogan        

PhD candidate
MArch Middle East Technical University, Turkey
BArch Middle East Technical University, Turkey
Advisor: Tom McDonough

 

Debora Faccion

Debora Faccion 

PhD candidate
MA Communication and Society, Federal University of Juiz de Fora, 2012
BA Social Communication, Pontifical Catholic University of Minas Gerais, 2008
Dissertation title: Brazilian Culture and Contemporary Art theory
Advisor: Kevin Hatch

Melissa Fitzmaurice

Melissa Fitzmaurice

PhD candidate
MA Art History, Binghamton University, 2012
BA Art History, University of Connecticut, 2010
Tentative Dissertation Title: Modeling the Modern Myth of Rome
Advisor: Julia Walker

Addie Gordon

Addie Gordon

PhD candidate
MA Art History, Binghamton University, 2016
BA Art History, Indiana University of Pennsylvania, 2013
Research interests: medieval and contemporary architecture, pilgrimage studies, and tourism
Tentative Dissertation Title: Constructing the Culture Pilgrim: Architecture and Revitalization in Santiago de Compostela
Advisor: Pam Smart

Erica Hasselbach

 MA program

Pei-Chun (Viola) Hsieh

Viola Hsieh Picture

PhD program
MA, Graduate Institute of Art History, National Taiwan Normal University
Research interests: Histories of Photographies, Contemporary art, Installations, Dispositif, Taiwan and East Asia studies
Advisor: John Tagg

Jihan Jang

Jihan Jang

PhD program
MA Art History, Binghamton University, 2017
BA Art History, Korea National University of Arts, 2015
Research Interests: Korean Contemporary Art, Contemporaneity, Multiple Modernities, Hauntology, The End of History
Advisor: Tom McDonough

Fangyuan (Eli, pronounced Ellie) Ji

 

Ihnmi Jon

Ihnmi Jon

PhD candidate
MA Art Theory and Visual Studies, Seoul National University, 2011
BA Archaeology and Art History, Seoul National University, 2008
BFA Traditional Painting, Seoul National University, 2008
Research Interests: Cultural production in East Asia after 1950, Diffusion and reception of Modernity; Modernity and identity, Orientalism within East Asia itself, Globalism, Representation of identity in contemporary global art worlds

Duaa Khalil 

MA-PhD program

Ismail Kugu

Ismail Kugu Picture

PhD program
MA Art History, University of Utah, 2014
BA Art History, Selcuk University, Turkey, 2009
Research Interests: Ottoman Art, Ottoman Coffee Culture, Porcelains and Ceramics in the Ottoman Court, Circulation of Objects, Technology in Museum Studies
Advisor: Nancy Um

Lalaine Little

Little

PhD candidate
MA Art History, Binghamton University
MAT Museum Education, George Washington University
BS Political Science, University of Houston
Research interests: Early Modern Asian-European cultural exchange; Sino-Hispano-Filipino visual culture
Dissertation title: "Portable Devotion: Philippine Christian Visual Culture 1521-1815"
Advisor: Nancy Um 

Hye Young Min

Hye Young Min

PhD program
MA Art History, Binghamton University
BA Art Theory, Korea National University of Arts
Research interests: Post-war Korean artworks and art discourses; State of national division; Border studies
Advisor: John Tagg
On academia.edu

Joonsoo (Jason) Park

Jason Park

PhD program
MA Art History, Seoul National University, Korea, 2013
BA Art History, Seoul National University, Korea, 2010
Research interests: Earthworks, Land Art, Environmental Art, Eco Art
Advisor: Kevin Hatch
On academia.edu

Kaeun Park

MA program
Advisor: John Tagg

Young-Sin Park

Young-Sin Park

PhD candidate
MA Art History, Hongik University, Korea
BA History, Chung-Ang University, Korea
Research interests: International Expositions in Modern Korea and Japan; Modern Korean/Japanese Art and Exhibitions; Modernization and Colonialism in East Asia; Cultural Studies and Critical Theory
Dissertation Title: "The Chosŏn Industrial Exposition of 1915"
Advisor: John Tagg

Mariah Postlewait

Mairah Postlewait

PhD program
MA Art History, Bowling Green State University, 2014
BFA Studio Art, Adrian College, 2012
Research Interests: Postwar American photography; issues of identity, representation, and power; affect and agency; and culture and class
Advisor: John Tagg
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Rotem Rozental

Rotem Rozental

PhD candidate
MA Philosophy, Cohn Institute for History and Philosophy of Sciences and Ideas, Tel Aviv University
BA Philosophy and Art History, Tel Aviv University
Dissertation Title: Photographic Archives, Nationalism and the Foundation of the Jewish State, 1903-1948.
Advisor: John Tagg

Lawrence Sanchez

MA program

Wylie Schwartz

Wylie Schwartz

PhD candidate
MA Art History, University of East Anglia, United Kingdom
Research interests: Artist collectives and experimental pedagogy, 1955-1970, collaborative and socially engaged art and its theoretical contexts, modern and contemporary art and critical theory
Advisor: Tom McDonough

Zohreh Soltani

Zohreh Soltani

PhD candidate
MA Architecture, Middle East Technical University, 2011
BA Architecture, Middle East Technical University, 2008
Research interests: Modern architecture of Iran, urban design and public space, power and city, socio-political formation of space
Advisor: Tom McDonough and Nancy Um

Bookyung Son

Bookyung Son

PhD program
MA Art Studies, Hongik University, Korea, 2012
BA Art Studies, Hongik University, Korea, 2008
Research Interests: Media Studies, New German Media Theory, American Post-Cybernetics Discourse, Media Experiments in 1960s and 1970s Korean Avant-garde Art, Contemporary Art and the Postmedia Condition
Advisor: Jeffrey Kirkwood

Siba Tawalbeh

Siba Tawalbeh Picture

PhD program
MS Architectural Engineering, Jordan University of Science and Technology
BS Architectural Engineering, Jordan University of Science and Technology
Research interests: Urban Heritage Conservation, Modernist Architecture, Architectural Typology, Theory and History, Design Methods, Sustainable Environments
Advisor: Nancy Um
On Linkedin and academia.edu

David Thomas

David Thomas

PhD candidate
MA Art History, University of Arizona
BA Art History, University of North Texas
Research Interests: Intersections of art, technology, and architecture primarily focusing on contemporary art and new media
Advisor: Kevin Hatch

Catherine Elise Trucks

Catherine Elise Trucks

PhD program
MA History of Art, Courtauld Institute of Art
BA Art History, Columbia University
Research Interests: Modern and contemporary art
Advisor: Tom McDonough

Nicole Wagner

Nicole Wagner

PhD candidate
MA History with Museum Studies Certificate, State University of New York at Buffalo
BA Art History, State University of New York at Geneseo
Research Interests: Early Modern Italian painting, focusing on the identity of the Renaissance man and the artistic representation of those perceived as existing outside social and cultural norms
Advisor: Karen-edis Barzman

Jeffrey Youn

PhD candidate
MA History, Binghamton University, 2015
MA History, Boston College, 2010
BA History and Economics, Seoul National University, 2007
Research Interests: 18th C Korea, Cities, Renaissance Italy
Dissertation Title: The Planning, Construction, and Operations of Suwon in Late-Eighteenth-Century Korea: A Genealogy of the Joseon City and the Modernization of Korean Production and Markets
Advisor: Karen-edis Barzman

 

 

 

Last Updated: 2/2/18