Graduate Alumni

Today our Art History and Archaeology program comprises about eighty majors and twenty graduate students. Our PhD program is one of the oldest in the midwest, and we have a long record of placing our MA and PhD students in academic and museum positions, as well as in non-profit and gallery positions. Recent graduates have accepted positions at the Smithsonian American Art Museum, National Gallery of Art, Auburn University, Covenant College, Wright State University, Northern Arizona University, Gettysburg College, Bucknell University, University of Illinois at Springfield, Ithaca College, Saint Louis Art Museum, Nelson-Atkins Museum of Art, Kimbell Art Museum and Southern Methodist University, among others.

Read PhD Alum Michael Cosmopoulos' Archaeological Site in the New York Times

Read about Michael Cosmopoulos' archaeological excavations in Iklaina, Greece

Photo of Ebonie Pollock

Ebonie Pollock (BA 2019) Contributes to the Suzanne Valadon: Model, Painter, Rebel Catalogue

Ebonie Pollock, a Murphy Prize winner for an Outstanding Senior Honors Thesis, collaborates on a leading catalogue on the art of Suzanne Valadon.

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If you are an alum, we invite you to send us your news (or update what we have recorded for you here). What are you doing, what degrees have you recently finished, what have you researched or published?

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Where are they now?

PhD Alumni

Amanda Beresford, Independent Art Historian, France
Max Valsamas, Curatorial Assistant, European Art, Agnes Etherington Art Centre, Queen’s University

Kate Harnish, Writing Consultant, Writing Center, Washington University in St. Louis 
Mia Laufer, Associate Curator, Des Moines Art Center

Stephanie Kaplan, Professor of Art History, Savannah College of Art and Design
Jennifer Padgett, Associate Curator, Crystal Bridges Museum of American Art
Heather Read, Visiting Lecturer, Washington University in St. Louis

James Anno, Associate Curator of European Art, Museum of Fine Arts Houston

Clara Barnhart, Lecturer, Smith College
Bryna Campbell, Adjunct Instructor, Portland State University 
Erin Sutherland, Adjunct Instructor, Washington University in Saint Louis

Jodi Kovach, Director of Academic Programs, Gund Gallery, Kenyon College 
Theresa Huntsman, Assistant Director, Special Stewardship, Office of Development, Yale University
Matthew Bailey, Director of Windgate Gallery and Assistant Professor, University of Arkansas, Fort Smith

Emily Burns, Associate Professor of Art History, Auburn University
Sarah McGavran, Editor, National Portrait Gallery
Anna Warbelow, Director of Equity and Inclusion, Whitfield School
Elissa Weichbrocht, Associate Professor of Art History, Covenant College 

Ling-Yu Hung [deceased 2018], former Assistant Professor of Anthropology, Indiana University-Bloomington

Carrie Hillard, Associate Professor, Wright State University
Noelle Paulson, Hosoya Schaefer Architects, Zurich, Switzerland 

Mayu Fujikawa, Senior Assistant Professor, Meiji University



MA Alumni

Emily Bryan, Upper School History Teacher, The Fulton School at St. Albans
Jenny Wu, Fellow, Tulsa Artists Fellowship

Hannah Wier, Research Assistant in Prints, Drawings, and Photographs, Saint Louis Art Museum; and Faculty Research Assistant, Washington University in St. Louis
Hua Zhao

Victoria Barry, Journals Editorial Specialist, GW (e-learning)
Holly Chen, Collections Assistant/Department Manager, East Asian Art, Philadelphia Museum of Art

Lindsay Sheedy, PhD Candidate, Washington University 
Margaret Sherer, Research and Curatorial Associate, Barrett Barrera Projects

Sarah Griesbach, journalist, co-founder of All the Art, arts journal in St. Louis

Elizabeth Wolfson, Ph.D. in Classical Art, University of Missouri-Columbia
James Gardner, Library Associate, Kranzberg Art and Architecture Library, Washington University 
Winnie Tsang, Teaching as adjunct instructor at several colleges in upstate New York

Emily Hanson, Head of Study Abroad Cortona Program, University of Georgia
Aliya Reich, Program Manager for Conferences and Events - Council on Library and Information Resources (CLIR)
Ashley Eckhardt, a Ph.D. student in Classical Art and Archaeology, Emory University

Eric Hupe, Assistant Professor, Lafayette College
Maria Fierro, Cultural Programs Officer at the French Cultural Center in Boston, MA
Julia Reardon, Law School graduate, University of Michigan 

Samantha Wilson, English Faculty and Soccer Coach, Saint Mark’s School, Boston, MA

Emily Olson, University of North Carolina, Chapel Hill