Faculty contact: Sheila Bonde, Director of Graduate Studies
Brown's Ph.D. program in the History of Art and Architecture offers professional training in the history of art and architecture and, more broadly, in the history of visual and material culture and the built environment. Current graduate students hail from locations around the globe. Graduates have gone on to hold positions in museums and academic departments throughout the nation and abroad. A list of all courses in the department is available on the [email protected] page of the University website.
Faculty and Interdepartmental Affiliations
The faculty publishes and directs dissertations that range widely in terms of time, place, media, and methodology. The Department has ties with several departments:
- Africana Studies
- Brown Arts Initiative
- The Cogut Center for the Humanities
- The David Winton Bell Gallery
- John Nicholas Brown Center for Public Humanities Program & Cultural Heritage
- Joukowsky Institute for Archaeology and the Ancient World
- MEMHS Medieval and Early Modern History Seminar
- Pembroke Center for Teaching and Research on Women
- Center for the Study of the Early Modern World
- Urban Studies
The first two years of the doctoral program are devoted to coursework, the fulfillment of the foreign language requirements, and the completion of a qualifying paper. Students take their general examinations in their third year, and then proceed to the production of a dissertation prospectus. The remaining time in the program is given to researching and writing the dissertation, a project that is expected to involve original research and to demonstrate the potential to become a book or series of articles.