PhD in Art History
The Doctor of Philosophy degree is taken in a particular field, supported by a strong background in the general history of art. Doctoral candidates also undertake collateral studies in other graduate departments, or in one of the University's interdisciplinary programs. The Department of Art offers M.A. and Ph.D. degrees, although the M.A. is only granted as a step toward fulfilling requirements for the Ph.D. The Department does not admit students who wish to work only toward the M.A. degree.
Size of Program
The Department admits four to seven students each year.
The level of funding for Art History graduate students varies from year to year. One may normally expect to receive some amount of financial aid through the first five years of study if entering with a B.A., and four years if entering with an M.A. Funding sources include departmental fellowships, teaching assistantships and research assistantships. Once a student advances to candidacy, students are encouraged to apply for grants and fellowships. Information on pre-doctoral grants, summer work funds, and funds for special research and travel connected with the writing of the dissertation may be obtained at any time from the Student Services Administrator.
Time to Completion
The Ph.D. student's formal progress is reviewed at the end of the second year (first year for those entering with an M.A.). By the end of the third year, a dissertation topic should be selected and a proposal written. After all course requirements are met and the proposal is approved, the student begins research and writing of the dissertation. The dissertation must be completed within five years from the date of the student's admission to candidacy for the Ph.D. degree.
Doctor of Philosophy Degree Requirements
For university requirements, information and course listings see:
Scott Bukatman, Professor
Morten Steen Hansen, Assistant Professor
Pamela M. Lee, Professor, Director of Graduate Studies
Modern & Contemporary Art
Please note that Professor Lee will not be accepting graduate students working in postwar and contemporary art history for the current admission cycle/entering class of academic year 2014/15. If you apply to Stanford to work in contemporary art, you will need to identify another faculty member to serve as a potential advisor.
Pavle Levi, Associate Professor
Film & Media Studies
Jean Ma, Associate Professor
Michael Marrinan, Professor
European Art, 17th - 19th Centuries
Jody Maxmin, Associate Professor
Bissera Pentcheva, Associate Professor
Nancy Troy, Professor, Chair
Richard Vinograd, Professor
Bryan Wolf, Professor
Oil on canvas
Holbein, Hans the Younger (1497-1543)
Photo credit: Erich Lessing / Art Resource, NY
Acrylic and water-based oil
A film by Jamie Meltzer
Courtesy: Joshua Forney
Acrylic on Shaped Canvas