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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 pictures. More broadly about the reception of painting, photography, and antiques in the history of modernity, the project raises important questions about the temporality of a work of art, the role of the portrait in the home, and our changing relationships with the past. 

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 recieved her B.A. in Art History and History (with Honors) from Wake Forest University in 2013, graduating summa cum laude and Phi Beta Kappa.