Art History


The faculty members in the Department of Art History are active scholars and experienced teachers committed to the study of art in a liberal arts setting.

Rand Carter, Ph.D., Professor of Art History

Areas of Expertise: historic preservation, European art of the 17th, 18th and 19th centuries, Neo-classicism, history of furniture, environmental and ecological implications of architectural design, urban planning, and landscape.
Carter joined the Hamilton faculty in 1970. He earned a master's and Ph.D. from Princeton and did his undergraduate study at Columbia University. More >>

He received a Fullbright Scholarship to study at the Coutauld Institute of the University of London where he researched his doctoral dissertation.

Carter teaches courses in architecture, the history of design, European and Islamic art. He is the author of a book about Karl Friedrich Schinkel, and has written three guidebooks in the Landmarks Society of Greater Utica series on the city's outdoor sculpture, Forest Hill Cemetery and walking tours within the Scenic and Historic District. He is also a contributor to the Grove Dictionary of Art and the MacMillan Encyclopedia of Architects.

Carter is currently working on a book, A Potsdam Idyll: Karl Friedrich Schinkel's Summer Retreats for the Prussian Royal Princes.

Steve Goldberg, Ph.D., Associate Professor of Art History

Areas of Expertise: Chinese art, Japanese art, and aesthetics.
Goldberg specializes in the history of Chinese art. He earned a Ph.D. from the University of Michigan. More >>

Since the early 90s, he has participated as instructor and director of numerous summer institutes and region conferences of the Asian Studies Development Program (ASDP), a joint program of the University of Hawai'i and the East-West Center that was initiated to infuse Asian content and perspectives into the core curriculum at U.S. colleges and universities.

His current research interests include globalization and the “transcultural imagination” and a cognitive approach to the study of Chinese calligraphy. He has published numerous articles and chapters in books on Chinese art and philosophy, with a particular interest in Chinese calligraphy. Publications include “Oh Father, Where Art Thou? A Bakhtinian Reading of Luo Zhongli’s Father,” in Contemporary Chinese Art and Film: Theory Applied and Resisted. New Academia Publishing, Washington, D.C., 2012; “On the Contemporary Art of Chinese Calligraphy” with André Kneib, in Bider weden geschrieban The Art of Writing: Contemporary art from three cultures, Heidelberg and Berlin: Kehrer Verlag, 2011; “Philosophical Reflection and Visual Art in Traditional China,” in Asian Texts-Asian Contexts: Encountering the Philosophies and Religions of Asia, Albany: SUNY Press, 2010; “The Gestural Imagination: Toward a Phenomenology of Duration in the Art of Chinese Writing,” in Comparative and Continental Philosophy, 1.2 (2009), 211-221;  “Modern Woodcuts and the Rise of a Chinese Avant-garde,” in Modern China, 1937-2008: Towards a Universal Pictorial Language (Hamilton, NY: Picker Art Gallery at Colgate University, 2009; “Art and the Authority of Excellence in Traditional China,” in La question de l’art en Asia orientale, (Paris: Presses de l’Universite Paris-Sorbonne, 2008).

Scott MacDonald, Ph.D., Visiting Professor of Art History

Areas of Expertise: film history; documentary, experimental and avant-garde film; cinema and place; and 20th century American literature.
Named an Academy Scholar by the Academy of Motion Pictures Arts and Sciences in 2012, Scott MacDonald teaches Introduction to the History and Theory of Cinema; A History of Avant-Garde Cinema; Facing Reality: A History of Documentary Cinema, and regularly curates Hamilton’s annual F.I.L.M. (Forum on Images and Language in Motion) series. More >>

He is author of 14 books, including A Critical Cinema: Interviews with Independent Filmmakers, now in 5 volumes, and Adventures of Perception: Cinema as Exploration, as well as essays and interviews in film and literary journals. His newest book, American Ethnographic Film and Personal Documentary: The Cambridge Turn is in production at University of California Press.

He has curated and presented film events for the Museum of Modern Art, the Harvard Film Archive, the Pacific Film Archive in Berkeley, the Robert Flaherty Film Seminar, and the National Gallery of Art, among other venues.

MacDonald received his Ph.D. from the University of Florida in 1970 and has taught at Utica College, Bard College, University of Arizona, Colgate University and Harvard University. In 1999 he was recognized by Anthology Film Archives in New York City for his efforts on behalf of film preservation. He has taught regularly at Hamilton since 1981.

John McEnroe, Ph.D., John and Anne Fischer Professor in Fine Arts

Areas of Expertise: ancient art and archaeology; ancient Greece and Rome; and modern Greece and Italian Renaissance art.
John McEnroe teaches courses in classical art, Renaissance art, medieval art and critical theory. More >>

His most recent book is  Architecture of Minoan Crete (University of Texas Press, 2010). McEnroe combines academic research in Athens with archaeological fieldwork in Crete. Before coming to Hamilton, McEnroe worked as a field archaeologist in Greece and taught art history at Indiana University and the University of Virginia.

Deborah Pokinski, Ph.D., Associate Professor of Art History and Chair of Art History

Areas of Expertise: American art and architecture, especially of the late 19th and early 20th centuries; modern art; and women in art.
Deborah Pokinski, who earned a Ph.D. in modern art history from Cornell University, joined the Hamilton faculty in 1978. More >>

Her research interests include the history of American architecture, especially late 19th century; history of turn of the century American painting; and women in art. Pokinski is currently working on a study of the images of women in the work of turn of the century American artist William McGregor Paxton.

She is the author of The Development of the American Modern Style (1984); five biographical essays in Lives and Legacies: Artists, Writers and Musicians (2001); and co-editor with John McEnroe of Critical Perspectives on Art History (2002).

Pokinski curated two exhibitions at the Emerson Gallery in collaboration with art history concentrators: "Whistler and His Contemporaries:Prints of Venice" (2003-04) and Elihu Root, Jr., Class of 1903: Lawyer-Painter" (2004). Pokinski also co-curated Sculpture Space Inside Outside, an Emerson Gallery-sponsored exhibition of outdoor sculpture in honor of the 30th anniversary of Sculpture Space in Utica, N.Y.


Lawrence Chua, Ph.D., Visiting Assistant Professor of Art History, Postdoctoral Fellow in Asian Studies

Areas of Expertise: architectural history, urban history, modern and contemporary art history, and Southeast Asian, Chinese, Thai and Cambodian history.
Lawrence Chua, a historian of the modern built environment, received his Ph.D. in the history of architecture and urban development at Cornell University. More >>

Chua has taught courses in the history and theory of art and architecture as well as studio design at New York University and Chulalongkorn University.

Chua's research interests include the structural manifestations of race and nation in architecture and urbanism and the integration of political, economic and art histories.

He received an International Dissertation Research Fellowship from the Social Science Research Council for his dissertation, "Building Siam: Leisure, race, and nationalism in modern Thai architecture, 1910-1973" and was a Mellon Graduate Fellow at the Society for the Humanities at Cornell University.

His writing has appeared in Artforum, the Journal of Urban History and Senses and Society.

In addition to his scholarship, his collaborations with visual artists such as Julie Mehretu, Paul Pfeiffer and Akram Zataari have resulted in public murals, digital sculptures and videos that have been widely exhibited. He was the recipient of a 2014 Central New York Humanities Corridor Visiting Scholar fellowship to conduct research on modernist architecture and hip-hop culture.