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Caroline Culp

Caroline Culp

Doctoral Candidate
Art History
M.A. Stanford University, 2016
B.A. Wake Forest University, 2013


Caroline is a Ph.D. candidate studying American art with Alexander Nemerov. Her dissertation, “The Memory of Copley: Afterlives of the American Portrait, 1774-1920” investigates John Singleton Copley’s (1738-1815) American portraits from the 1760s and 1770s as they persisted into the nineteenth and early twentieth centuries. Departing from previous scholarship on Copley, it argues for the continued presence—the afterlife—of these colonial portraits. Structured around a set of thematic episodes in the afterlives of Copley’s paintings, the project reveals the specific formal, material, and stylistic features of his portraits which make them psychologically compelling beyond their eighteenth-century origin point. 

Before beginning her Ph.D. at Stanford in 2014, Caroline held research internships at the Metropolitan Museum of Art and the Smithsonian's National Portrait Gallery. She received her B.A. in Art History and History (with Honors) from Wake Forest University in 2013, graduating summa cum laude and Phi Beta Kappa.