LA/Latinx Dissertations

Latin American and Latinx Dissertations in Progress

Ancient Americas

Caris, Elizabeth, “Cultural Convergence: Moche-Wari Style Textiles and Ceramics as Tinku” (Emory, R. Stone, M. O’Neil)

Deglin, Louise, “Repetition, Recreation, Reinvention: Wari Artists and the Empire” (UCLA, S. Nair)

Greenlee, Gaby, “Threshold Objects: Inka Textiles as Mediators of Time, Space, and Conquest from the 16th to 18th centuries” (UC Santa Cruz, C. Dean)

Lagarde, Patricia, “Facing Pilgrimage: Tenon Head Sculptures at the Ceremonial Center of Chavín de Huántar, Peru” (Tulane University, E. Boone)

Meyer, Anthony, “The Givers of Things: Nahua Religious Leaders and the Art of Making Gifts in the Mexica and Early Modern Worlds” (UCLA, S. Nair)

Rodriguez, Anabelle, “Curating Xunantunich: Conserving Ancient Maya Art and Architecture & Preserving Natural Heritage in an Urban Cultural Landscape of Western Central Belize” (Rutgers, S. Brett-Smith)

Rodríguez Pazmiño, Elena Pasionaria, “Iconographie et iconicité dans les sceaux de l’Équateur précolombien” (Université de Montréal, L. Vigneault, C. Halperin)

Colonial Americas

Baldrich, Isabel, “Caribbean Stain: Erasure and Creoleness in Parisian Art” (University of Iowa, D. Johnson)

Deij Prado, Macarena, “Public Performance and Display in Spanish America 1570–1630” (University of Florida, M. Stanfield-Mazzi)

Ficek, Agnieszka, “From Allegory to Revolution: The Inca Empire in the Eighteenth-Century French Imagination” (CUNY, J. Sund)

Gillaspie, Caroline, “Delicious Libations: Slavery and Environment in the Visual Culture of the Brazil-U.S. Coffee Trade” (CUNY, K. Manthorne)

Ivey, James E., “’By the Order of the Commandant General’: Eighteenth-Century Bourbon Reforms and the Architecture of Mission San Francisco de la Espada in San Antonio, Texas” (University of New Mexico, R. Hernández-Durán) [finished in spring 2022]

Kane, Eleanor, “Contributing to the Ideal of the Religiosa Perfecta: Novohispanic Nuns as Art Patrons” (University of New Mexico, R. Hernández-Durán) [dissertation in progress]

McCleod, Suzanne, “’Maa-Multh-Nii People Who Came Floating In’: Analogues between Nuu-Chah-Nulth and Tlingit with Spanish Colonial Expeditions in the Eighteenth Century” (University of New Mexico, R. Hernández-Durán) [finished in spring 2020]

Meyer, Anthony, “The Givers of Things: Nahua Religious Leaders and the Art of Making Gifts in the Mexica and Early Modern Worlds” (UCLA, S. Nair)

Ortega, Emmanuel, “Testimonies of Violence: Images of Franciscan Martyrs in the Provinces of New Spain” (University of New Mexico, R. Hernández-Durán) [finished in fall 2017]

Poindexter, Remi, “Exotic and Familiar: Constructing Martinique, 1763–1902” (CUNY, J. Sund)

Rivas, Carlos, “Decolonizing Aeriality in the Descripción Geográfico-Moral de la Diócesis de Goathemala, 1768–1770” (UCLA, C. Villaseñor Black)

Saylor, Miranda, “Sor María de Ágreda and Sacred Art in Eighteenth-Century Mexico” (UCLA, C. Villaseñor Black)

Ficek, Agnieszka, “From Allegory to Revolution: The Inca Empire in the Eighteenth-Century French Imagination” (CUNY, J. Sund)

Modern and Contemporary Americas

Almeida, Laura Freitas, “Resisting Memory: Anti-Imperialist Tactics of Forgetting in Latin American Contemporary Art” (Penn State University, S. K. Rich)

Behar, Ionit, “Intimate Space and the Public Sphere: Margarita Paksa in Argentina’s Military Dictatorship” (University of Illinois at Chicago, H. Higgins, Ö. Harmansah)

Flattley, Megan, “Out of the Fragments, New Worlds: Perspective and Spatiality in the Work of Diego Rivera, 1913–1933” (Tulane University, A. Anagnost)

Fuentes, Elvis, “Bowling for Moscow: The Relationship between Soviet Visual Culture and Cuban Art, 1972–1994” (Rutgers, J. Sharp)

Gandert, Sonja Elena, “La resolana: Chicano Artistic Imaginaries of Place, Race, and Activism in New Mexico and Texas, 1969–1985” (CUNY, A. Indych-López)

Jojima, Tie, “Porn Art Movement, 1980–84: Body, Technology, and Subjectivity in Brazilian Art” (CUNY, A. Indych-López)

Larsen, Christian, “Aquarela do Brasil: Transnational Flows of Brazilian Design and Material Culture” (Bard Graduate Center, P. Kirkham)

Luis Pinlla, Gonzalo, “Public Aesthetics and Collective Studio Practices in South America 1960s–1980” (University of Illinois at Urbana-Champaign, O. Vázquez)

Perry, Ana Cristina, “Raphael Montañez Ortiz and Affect as Institutional Critique from 1966–1972” (CUNY, A. Indych-López)

Ramos, Horacio, “Performances of Race: The Making of an Experimental Arte Popular in Peru, 1979–1990” (CUNY, A. Indych-López)

Sanchez Gomez, Antonio, “Diógenes A. Reyes’s Silhouette Biography: Print Culture and the Politics of Technology, Distance, Mediation, and Things Left Unsaid in the Transregional and Transnational History of the Colombian Caribbean (1898–1920)” (Bard Graduate Center, C. Whalen)

Turner, Madeline, “Women Artists in Mexico, 1975–1990” (IFA/NYU, E. Sullivan)

Valle, Luisa, “The Beehive, the Favela, the Mangrove, and the Castle: Race and Modern Architecture in Rio de Janeiro, 1885 to 1945” (CUNY, M. Gutman)

Varela, María Paula, “Goddesses and Monsters: Maria Martins’ Paradoxical Modernism” (University of Florida, K. M. Cabañas)



Latin American and Latinx Dissertations Completed 2020/2021

Aguilar, Margarita, “Traditions and Transformations in the Work of ADAL: Surrealism, El Sainete, and Spanglish” (CUNY, K. Manthorne)

Barnes, Trenton, “Emptiness and the Production of Bodies in the Architecture of Teotihuacan, Mexico” (Harvard University, Thomas B. F. Cummins)

Cerejido, Elizabeth, “Where Is Cuban American Art? Artistic Production, Identity Formation and Cultural Politics from the 1980s to the Present” (University of Florida, M. Stanfield-Mazzi, K. M. Cabañas)

Driggers, Kristopher, “The History of Idolatry and the Codex Durán Paintings” (University of Chicago, C. Brittenham)

Frasco, Elizabeth, “American Women Artists of the New Deal and Mexico, 1934–1943” (IFA/NYU, E. Sullivan)

Occhietti, Raphaelle, “Révéler par l’art les enjeux politiques et matériels de l’économie: La monnaie, la dette, le profit et la valeur vus à travers les matières premières dans trois performances de Marta Minujín (1985, 1996, 2017)” (Université de Montréal, O. Asselin, L. Bertrand Dorléac)

Polanco, Dominique E., “Facsimiles of Colonialism: The 1565 Pintura del gobernador, alcaldes y regidores de México and Its Reproduction” (The University of Arizona, Widdifield and Umberger)

Sessions, Emily, “Fertile Terrain: Botany, Art, and Power in Cuba’s Nineteenth Century” (Yale University, E. Cooke)

Vázquez de Arthur, Andrea, “Clay Bodies, Powerful Pots: On the Imagery and Ontology of Wari Faceneck Vessels” (Columbia University, Pasztory)