PhD Art History

The doctoral program in the History of Art at Stanford is relatively small, and affords the graduate student the opportunity to work intensively with individual members of the faculty.

  • 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.

     

    Financial Aid

     

    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:

     

    http://www.stanford.edu/dept/registrar/bulletin/

     

    Faculty

     

    Scott Bukatman, Professor

    Film Studies

    xbody@stanford.edu

     

    Morten Steen Hansen, Assistant Professor

    Italian Renaissance

    mhansen@stanford.edu

    650-498-7219

     

    Pamela M. Lee, Professor, Director of Graduate Studies

    Modern & Contemporary Art

    plee1@stanford.edu

     

    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

    plevi@stanford.edu

     

    Jean Ma, Associate Professor

    Chinese Cinema

    jeanma@stanford.edu

     

    Michael Marrinan, Professor 

    European Art, 17th - 19th Centuries

    mmsfo@stanford.edu

    650-723-4275

     

    Jody Maxmin, Associate Professor

    Greek Art

    jmaxmin@stanford.edu

    Richard Meyer, Professor
    20th-Century American Art and Visual Culture
    meyer1@stanford.edu

    Alex Nemerov, Professor
    American Art
    anemerov@stanford.edu

     

    Bissera Pentcheva, Associate Professor 

    Medieval Art

    bissera@stanford.edu

     

    Nancy Troy, Professor, Chair

    Modern Art

    ntroy@stanford.edu

     

    Richard Vinograd, Professor

    Chinese Art

    vinograd@stanford.edu

     

    Bryan Wolf, Professor

    American Art

    bwolf@stanford.edu

    650-723-4964

     

     

    Rev. 10/21/13

The French Ambassadors of King Henry II at the court of the English King Henry VIII

Oil on canvas

Holbein, Hans the Younger (1497-1543)

Photo credit: Erich Lessing / Art Resource, NY

Liberty Club #2

2006

Acrylic and water-based oil

Enrique Chagoya

Off the Charts: the Song-Poem Story

A film by Jamie Meltzer

Courtesy: Joshua Forney

Finale

2007

Acrylic on Shaped Canvas

Matt Kahn