2020-2021 Graduate Student Achievements

Our graduate students continue to impress and represent the department well year after year. We take this opportunity to congratulate our students on their hard work and highlight their accomplishments as we move into a new academic year.


Dissertation Defenses: Stephanie Triplett and Chanon Praepipatmongkol




2020-2021 Awards & Fellowships & Achievements


Vrinda Agrawal

  • Publications: Masterpieces, Chandigarh: Government Museum and Art Gallery, March/April 2020
  • Podcast: Manifestation of Compassion, on a thangka of Bodhisattva Avalokiteshvara from the Koelz Collection of Himalayan Art, Museum of Anthropological Archaeology, University of Michigan, Fall 2020
  • Presentations: The Elephant in the Room: An Examination of Animals in the Arts, a virtual symposium, Tufts University


Michelle Al-Ferzly

  • Charles Lang Freer Fellow, Freer Gallery of Art and Arthur M. Sackler Gallery, Smithsonian Institution, Washington, D.C, Fall 2021
  • Social Sciences Research Council-Mellon Mays Predoctoral Research Development Grant, Winter 2021
  • Publications: City in the Desert, Revisited: Oleg Grabar at Qasr al-Hayr al-Sharqi, 1964-1971, co-authored with Christiane Gruber, Kelsey Museum Publications, 2021 (forthcoming)


Madeleine Aquilina

  • Rackham Student Research Grant, 2021
  • Summer Research Grant, International Institute, 2021
  • Presentations: University of Arizona, Ohio State University, and Newcastle University


Ross Bernhaut

  • U.S. Department of State Critical Language Scholarship (CLS) award for the study of Hindi, awarded and accepted March 2021
  • American Institute of Indian Studies Junior Research Fellowship for 2021-2022, awarded March 2021
  • Fulbright Award for Dissertation Research, India, 2021-2022


Andrew Cabaniss (IPCAA)

  • Rackham Predoctoral Fellowship, 2021-2022


Katherine Campbell

  • Dolores Zhorab Liebman Fund Fellowship, 2020-2021
  • Rackham One-Term Fellowship, Fall 2021


Haely Chang

  • Junior Fellow at International Center for Korean Studies at Seoul National University Kyujanggak Institute, September 2020 - August 2021.
  • Academy of Korean Studies (AKS) Dissertation Fellowship September 2020-April 2021


Caitlin Clerkin (IPCAA)

  • Publications: co-authored with Brad Taylor (emeritus in MSP), “Online Encounters with Museum Antiquities,” American Journal of Archaeology, 2021.
  • Presentations: virtual ASOR Annual Meeting, November 2020.
  • I was a researcher/participant in the spring 2020 “Nubian Lives, Nubian Heritage: Conducting Reparative Research in Anthropology and Archaeology” project funded by a Collaboratory Proposal Development Grant, which was subsequently awarded a full Collaboratory grant as "Narrating Nubia: The Social Lives of Heritage" for 2021-2022.


Christina Difabio (IPCAA)

  • American Research Institute in Turkey Summer Fellowship for Advanced Turkish Language
  • Rackham Language Training Grant to support my participation in the online summer Boğaziçi University, Istanbul Turkish Language and Culture Program.


James Denison

  • Engle Graduate Fellowship, Institute for the Humanities, University of Michigan (accepted), 2021-2022
  • Rackham Predoctoral Fellowship, 2021-2022 (declined)
  • Presentations: Amon Carter Museum of American Art, Davidson Family Fellowship Lecture


Nadhira Hill (IPCAA)

  • Rackham Predoctoral Fellowship, 2021-2022


Vishal Khandelwal

  • Rackham Predoctoral Fellowship, 2020-2021
  • Carter Manny Writing Award 2020, Graham Foundation


Jordan Koel

  • Kress Institutional Fellowship, Warburg/Courtauld 2021-2023


Julia LaPlaca

  • Presentations: 48th Midwest Art History Society Annual Conference; 56th International Congress of Medieval Studies


Elizabeth (Holley) Ledbetter

  • Forsyth Dissertation Fellowship, 2021-2022
  • Publications: “The Viking Afterlives of Samanid Silver” in The Seas and the Mobility of Islamic Art, edited by Radha Dalal, Sean Roberts, and Jochen Sokoly, Yale University Press, 2021, forthcoming; “Aestheticizing Work: The Laboring Qiyan in Fatimid Art,” Different Visions tentatively titled “Towards a Visual History of Labor in Medieval Art,” edited by Diane Wolfthal, forthcoming.
  • Presentations: College Art Association Conference, Historians of Islamic Art Association Majlis Conference


Rheagan Martin

  • Samuel H. Kress 24-month Predoctoral Fellowship at the Center for Advanced Studies in Visual Arts (CASVA), 2021-2023
  • Coordinator for Digital Engagement at the International Center of Medieval Art


Robert Morrissey

  • Irving Stenn, Jr. Curatorial Research Fellowship, University of Michigan Museum of Art, 2021-2022


Jun Nakamura

  • Suzanne Andrée Curatorial Fellowship in Prints, Philadelphia Museum of Art, 2020-2022
  • CASVA Robert H. and Clarice Smith Fellowship, National Gallery of Art, 2020 (declined)
  • Publications: “Seeing Outside the Box: Reexamining the Top of Samuel van Hoogstraten’s London Perspective Box,” Journal of Historians of Netherlandish Art 12:2 (Summer 2020) DOI: 10.5092/jhna.2020.12.2.3; AND Jun Nakamura, “Review of Catherine Jenkins, Nadine M. Orenstein, and Freyda Spira, eds., The Renaissance of Etching.” Early Modern Low Countries 4.1 (2020): 153-55.


Zoe Ortiz (IPCAA)

  • Fulbright Grant for archival research in Italy, 2020-2021
  • Rackham International Research Award


Soyoon Ryu

  • Rackham International Student Fellowship
  • Center for World Performance Studies Fellowship


Srishti Sankaranarayanan

  • Research Associate, Museum of Art and Photography, Bengaluru, Karnataka, India, July-August 2020
  • Podcast: In Defense and Devotion, on Tibetan amulet boxes from the Koelz Collection in the Museum of Anthropological Archeology, University of Michigan, Fall 2020
  • Presentations: Tangible, 17th Annual University of Oregon Graduate Symposium in the History of Art and Architecture


Dylan Volk

  • Research Assistant with Professor Anna Watkins-Fisher in American Studies to prepare her manuscript for her upcoming book, Safety Orange.
  • Event: co-organized “Playing Indian, Pretend Vikings, and Violence: Responding to Extremist Iconographies of the U.S. Settler State”


Gerui Wang

  • Presentations: MEMS Workshop, April 2021 in April.


Sarah Wheat

  • Publications: “The Turkish Style Cosey Corner: Appropriating Islamic Objects and Spaces in the American Parlor, 1885-1910” in Expanding Dialogues of Diaspora: Manifestations of Middle Eastern Architecture in the Americas. Chicago: Intellect Books and University of Chicago Press, (forthcoming) 2021.


Courtney Wilder

  • Jane and Morgan Whitney Fellow in European Sculpture and Decorative Arts, Metropolitan Museum of Art, renewal
  • Presentations: Association of Historians of Nineteenth-Century Art, the Metropolitan Museum of Art, the Sartorial Society Series, and the Nineteenth-Century Textiles and Dress Reframed working group


Sandra Williams

  • FLAS Fellowship for Persian language study, summer 2021 and academic year 2021-2022
  • Publications: “Reflections on Late Ottoman Robes from the David and Elizabeth Reisbord Collection,” in Textiles Asia Journal (May 2021, 13.1)
  • Presentations: Middle East Studies Association Annual Conference and College Arts Association Annual Conference


Youngshin Yook

  • Research Assistant, University of Michigan Museum of Art
  • Research Assistant, Metropolitan Museum of Art, forthcoming exhibition Surrealism Beyond Borders