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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 Presence of Copley: Animacy, Magic, and Afterlives in American Painting, 1765-1925,” focuses on the uncanny vitality of John Singleton Copley’s portraits, exploring their phenomenological, temporal, and religious presence in American art and culture.

Caroline is a 2020-21 Luce/ACLS Dissertation Fellow in American Art and the 2019-20 Douglass Foundation Fellow in American Art at the Metropolitan Museum of Art. Her research has also been supported by the Getty Research Institute, the Massachusetts Historical Society and the Graduate Award in Modern British History and Culture at Stanford.

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.