Art History

Rand Carter, Professor of Art History

A.B., Columbia University; M.F.A. Princeton University; Ph.D. Princeton University
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Areas of expertise: historic preservation, European art of the 17th, 18th and 19th centuries, neoclassicism, history of furniture, environmental and ecological implications of architectural design, urban planning and landscape

Rand Carter wrote a book about Karl Friedrich Schinkel and has written three guidebooks in the Landmarks Society of Greater Utica series. He is a contributor to the Grove Dictionary of Art and the MacMillan Encyclopedia of Architects. Carter is working on a book, A Potsdam Idyll: Karl Friedrich Schinkel's Summer Retreats for the Prussian Royal Princes. He received a Fulbright Scholarship to study at the Coutauld Institute of the University of London, where he researched his doctoral dissertation. Carter earned a doctorate from Princeton Univeristy.

Tracy Cosgriff, Visiting Assistant Professor of Art History

B.A., University of California, Davis; M.A. University of Virginia, Charlottesville; Ph.D. University of Virginia, Charlottesville

A lifelong student of Latin and Greek, Tracy Cosgriff is interested in the relationship of word and image in Renaissance Italy, the reception of antiquity, and the history of the book. Her forthcoming publications reconsider aspects of Raphael's pictorial practice and the legacy of his papal patron, Julius II. Cosgriff has been a Fulbright Scholar, a Visiting Research Fellow at the University of Rome "La Sapienza" and a member of the Society of Fellows at the University of Virginia. Her doctoral dissertation, "Raphael's Stanza della Segnatura and the Rhetoric of Julian Justice," resituates the Vatican masterpieces in light of early modern literary culture. Cosgriff received her bachelor's degree in classics and art history from the University of California at Davis, where she was named 2009 University Medalist in recognition of her academic and extra-curricular achievements. She earned her doctorate in the history of art and architecture from the University of Virginia.

Steve Goldberg, Associate Professor of Art History

B.A., Brooklyn College of the City University of New York; M.A., University of Hawai'i; Ph.D., University of Michigan
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Areas of expertise: Chinese art, Japanese art and aesthetics

Steve Goldberg, who earned a doctorate from the University of Michigan, specializes in the history of Chinese art. Since the early ’90s, he has participated as instructor and director of summer institutes and conferences of the Asian Studies Development Program. Goldberg's 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 on Chinese art and philosophy, with a particular interest in calligraphy.

Scott MacDonald, Visiting Professor of Art History

B.A., DePauw University; M.A., University of Florida; Ph.D., University of Florida
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Areas of expertise: film history; documentary, experimental and avant-garde film; cinema and place; institutional histories of organizations that have served independent film, and 20th century American literature

Named an Academy Scholar by the Academy of Motion Pictures Arts and Sciences in 2012, Scott MacDonald is the author of 15 books, including A Critical Cinema: Interviews with Independent Filmmakers (5 volumes), and has done numerous essays and interviews. His newest books are American Ethnographic Film and Personal Documentary: The Cambridge Turn (essays) and Avant-Doc: Intersections of Documentary and Avant-Garde Cinema (interviews). He has curated and presented film events for the Museum of Modern Art, the Harvard Film Archive, the Pacific Film Archive in Berkeley and elsewhere. MacDonald received his Ph.D. from the University of Florida.

John McEnroe, the John and Anne Fischer Professor of Fine Arts

B.A., Michigan State University; M.A., University of Michigan; Ph.D., University of Toronto
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Areas of expertise: ancient art and archaeology, ancient Greece and Rome, modern Greece and Italian Renaissance art

John McEnroe teaches courses in classical art, Renaissance art, medieval art and critical theory.  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, Chair, Associate Professor of Art History

B.A., Randolph-Macon Woman's College; M.A., Cornell University; Ph.D., Cornell University
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Areas of expertise: American art and architecture, especially of the late 19th and early 20th centuries; modern art; women in art

Deborah Pokinski is working on a study of the images of women in the work of turn-of-the-century American artist William McGregor Paxton. Her research interests include the history of American architecture, especially the late 19th century; history of turn-of-the-century American painting; and women in art. Pokinski wrote The Development of the American Modern Style, among with other works. She curated two exhibitions at the Emerson Gallery in collaboration with art history majors and curated "Sculpture Space Inside Outside," sponsored by the Emerson. She earned a doctorate in modern art history from Cornell University.