University of Oregon

Department of the History of Art and Architecture

Student Profiles



  Amelia Anderson Grad Student Photo


Amelia Anderson:

Amelia Anderson studies 19th century art, specifically focusing on material culture of the Victorian era.



  Chyna Bounds


Chyna Bounds:

Chyna Bound's research focuses on British satirical prints, specifically the work of James Gillray.




​Diana Engel:

Diana Engel studies Medieval art, specifically focusing on Gothic illuminations in French manuscripts.  Her thesis will address the function of architectural framing around visual narratives, 1250-1300.



Kaitie Garvin:

Kaitie Garvin will be focusing on ancient Greek and Roman art for her thesis. Specifically, she will be examining the idea of authenticity and originality in ancient art as it applies to Roman copies of Greek bronze statues.


​Alexa Goff:

Alexa Goff's area of interest is print and book history of the early modern period in Europe. Her interests in this field include traveling libraries, methods of codex binding, women in science, encyclopedias, and scientific illustration.



Sangah Kim:

Sangah Kim’s main field of research is modern period East Asian art. Her current research is focused on how China, Korea, and Japan accepted Western style oil painting in the early 20th century. She received the Marian Donnelly Student Travel Fund for her MA research. She also interned at Portland Art Museum for curatorial internship and at JSMA for Wadsworth research internship.

Sloan Kochman Grad Student Photo


Sloan Kochman:

Sloane Kochman’s research focuses on contemporary craft, specifically fiber and ceramic practices in the United States.

Alexandra Mickle


Allie Mickle:

Allie Mickle’s area of interest is contemporary Chinese art.  Her current research is focused on the digital prints of artist Yang Yongliang, the effects of globalization, and the international art market.



Sean Mock:

Sean Mock is interested in literacy and text-object relationships in Anglo-Saxon literature and material culture.

Mason Moorman Grad Student Photo


Mason Moorman:

Mason Moorman is interested in the use of critical theory to better understand art as a political statement, primarily looking at street art. He is also pursuing a certificate in Non-Profit Management, with an interest in fundraising for art museums.

Alexandria Nanneman


Alexandria Nanneman:

Alexandria Nanneman's current research project includes using the theory of cultural theatrics to explore images of demonic possession during the Protestant Reformation and Roman Catholic Counter Reformation. She recently received the Marian C. Donnelly Graduate Student Travel Grant to conduct research for her thesis in both Paris, France and Antwerp, Belgium.

​​Alison Parman


​​Alison Parman:

Alison Parman’s research focuses on Japanese art and culture, with an emphasis on Japanese woodblock prints, especially those from the Edo period.  Her master's thesis will be focusing on Yokohama-e and the representation of the Other in woodblock prints.


Megan Pounds


Megan Pounds:

Megan Pounds’ field of interest is modern European art, particularly avant-garde movements of the interwar period.  Her current research centers on Kurt Schwitter’s Merzbauten created in exile, and aims to investigate their points of divergence from the original in Hannover.


Claire Sabitt


Claire Sabitt:

Claire Sabitt's primary area of interest lies in Italian Renaissance and Baroque art.  Her M.A. thesis focuses on Giovanni Benedetto Castiglione's etchings of Oriental Heads through the lens of European fascination with the Orient and themes of Otherness.


Lenore Snowdon


Lenore Snowdon:

Lenore Snowdons’s thesis examines the Colorful Realm of Living Beings, a set of thirty-three Japanese paintings by Itō Jakuchū (1716-1800). Her thesis argues that the Śākyamuni triptych within the set transformed the other thirty bird-and-flower paintings—which in isolation are simply a popular genre motif—into an earthly manifestation of the Shaka Buddha’s Pure Land, or Pure abode. In 2015, Lenore participated in the Jack and Susy Wadsworth Collection of Postwar Japanese Prints Internship through the Jordan Schnitzer Museum of Art. Also in 2015, Lenore received the Kerns Scholarship from the University of Oregon for MA research in Tokyo and Kyoto.

Rachel Smith

Rachel Smith:

Rachel Smith is interested in medieval to early-modern Japanese Buddhist and Christian art. Her research on the so-called "Kawaguchi Amida" sculpture focuses on how Japan's population of crypto-Christians, the "underground Christians", used Buddhist sculpture and visual culture to conceal their illegal faith.



Kun Xie:

Kun Xie’s area of interest predominantly focuses on the early Han Chinese material. Specifically, early works of art created by the Han ethnic Chinese until the end of the Southern Song period.  Another interest of Kun’s would be riveting in Buddhist arts, specifically the Chan/Zen sect of Buddhism and to analyze its role and influence on the philosophical and religious aspect of Chinese art.