George Philip (two first names, one from each grandfather) is pursuing a doctorate in the history of art and architecture at Stanford, concentrating on long-nineteenth century (1789-1914) America and Western Europe. His research explores the representation of extreme landscapes – such as alpine and arctic regions – and the political forces that shape and contest them over time. To date, his published writing explores these themes within the history of photography.
While committed to traditional art historical methods of looking closely and describing, George Philip also embraces approaches in the digital humanities. Besides organizing cartographic and spatial history projects at the University of Lausanne, Switzerland, and at Stanford’s own Spatial History Lab, George Philip is also a Board Member and past President of the Environmental Humanities Project, an interdisciplinary research initiative at Stanford for contemporary environmental and ecological issues.
He has worked with the Bill Lane Center to organize and design exhibitions at the California Historical Society in San Francisco; co-curated the major 2014 exhibition "Carelton Watkins: The Stanford Albums" at the Cantor Arts Center and the Metropolitan Museum of Art, New York; and curated "Arboreal Architecture: A Visual History of Trees" as the 2014-15 Andrew W. Mellon CRA at the Cantor.
A native of the Maine coast, GP continues to revel (camping, climbing, and telemark skiing) in the incredible landscapes of California. He enjoys crushing the karaoke mic and baking traditional French bread.