Alumni Spotlights

Alumni from our undergraduate and graduate programs go onto careers around the globe and in specialties such as museum administration and archeological research. Below are spotlights on two of our graduates. Please send us your updates so we can spotlight your research, careers, and other ventures! For more information on HIAA alumni please see the HIAA alumni list or Brown's post-graduate data pages.


Gizem Dörter, BA ‘03, joins Istinye University as Assistant Professor

Gizem Dörter has been awarded a full-time position at Istinye University in Istanbul, Turkey. As Assistant Professor, she currently teaches a general art history survey course to first year interior design students, and is expanding the syllabus to extend the course by another semester. Prior to joining Istinye University, Dörter was a Postdoctoral Associate at Boğaziçi University in Istanbul. She received her PhD from Koç University in 2020. 


Alexis Lowry, BA ‘07 receives fellowship at the Center for Curatorial Leadership

Alexis Lowry, Curator at the Dia Art Foundation in New York, will participate in the Center for Curatorial Leadership’s 2022 Fellowship. Prior to joining the Dia Art Foundation, where she is responsible for exhibitions, commissions, and public programs, she was a curator at the University’s David Winton Bell Gallery. Now, Lowry joins a cohort of curators that will travel to New York City in January, and again in May, for in-person intensives. In addition to coursework led by Columbia Business School, Fellows will meet leaders in the field, and develop both individual and collaborative projects. The 2022 cohort is the first group to participate in in-person programming in two years. The fellowship is one of Lowry’s several recent achievements; she has contributed to publications for Art Monthly and the Whitney Museum of American Art, and in 2021, was the first-invited curator-in-residence at the Bauhaus Foundation in Dessau, Germany.


Njaimeh Njie_The Village_Homecoming_Hill District_USA_ 2016–2019_Courtesy Office of Public Art_0.jpgDivya Rao Heffley, PhD '10 presented a Roundtable at Brown on “Civically Engaged Public Art in Pittsburgh: People, Place, History, Memory” on March 11, 2021 at noon

Divya Rao Heffley, the Associate Director for the Office of Public Art, works with artists and communities on residencies and commissions that address a range of contemporary issues, that seek to foster social justice and cultural equity in public spaces.  She presented a Roundtable conversation about how the Office of Public Art in Pittsburgh engages the creative practices of artists to collaboratively shape the public realm and catalyze community-led change, particularly those who have been historically marginalized and underrepresented in civic processes.


Two alumni Mariah Proctor-Tiffany, PhD '07 and Pascale Rihouet, PhD '08 have recently published books

Mariah Proctor-Tiffany, Associate Professor of Art History at California State University, Long Beach, has published her new book, Medieval Art in Motion: The Inventory and Gift Giving of Queen Clémence de Hongrie  (Penn State University Press, 2019).  Moving Women Moving Objects 400-1500 (Brill, 2019), co-edited with Tracy Chapman Hamilton. Professor Rihouet was interviewed in April 2019 at the École des Haute Études en Sciences Sociales, where she taught a seminar during the 2019-2020 academic year. In the video interview, at the Villa Medici, Professor Rihouet discusses her Brown/EHESS degree and her research on Roman prints. Her co-edited  volume, Eternal Ephemera: The Papal Possesso and its Legacies in Early Modern Rome (Centre for Renaissance and Reformation Studies, University of Toronto Press, 2020) came out in July 2020.


Hui Hung Chen, PhD '04

Hui-Hung Chen is currently a full professor in the Department of History at National Taiwan University, Taipei, Taiwan. She received her Ph.D. from the Department of History of Art and Architecture, Brown University, U.S., in 2004. She was awarded a Visiting Scholar of the Harvard Yenching Institute, U.S., in 2013-2014. Hui-Hung began her study of Early Modern European art and history at Brown University, focusing on Christian and Renaissance arts, the Jesuits and Counter Reformation, as well as cross-cultural encounters between Europe and China. Her research focuses on the Jesuits and relevant topics, and further explores the issues about European cultural and artistic encounters with non-Europeans, and Christianity in China from the 17th to 19th centuries. Her article entitled “The Human Body as a Universe: Understanding Heaven by Visualization and Sensibility in Jesuit Cartography in China,” published in The Catholic Historical Review 93 (3): 517-52 (July 2007), was awarded The Peter Guilday Prize by the American Catholic Historical Association, U.S.A. in 2008. This research was revised from a chapter of her Ph.D. dissertation. 


Sarah Joan Moran PhD '10

Sarah Moran recently edited the book, Women and Gender in the Early Modern Low Countries, 1500-1750 (Brill, 2019) which brings together research on women and gender across the Low Countries, a culturally contiguous region that was split by the Eighty Years' War into the Protestant Dutch Republic in the North and the Spanish-controlled, Catholic Hapsburg Netherlands in the South. Sarah is Associate Professor of Early Modern Art History at the University of Utrecht.


Valeria Federici, AM '19 in HIAA and PhD '19, in Italian Studies

ALJensen_Shadow_Play_4_0.jpegPoetic-Action is a site-specific installation by contemporary artists Anna Lise Jensen and Alyssa Casey, curated by Federici at the Garibaldi Meucci Museum, in Staten Island, NY. Poetic-Action is a response to the story of two women and their involvement in the Italian Risorgimento. The exhibition is supported by the Virtual Humanities Lab, Department of Italian Studies at Brown University and opened on October 4, 2020.