Senior Theses

The senior thesis represents the most sophisticated original research and writing that you will undertake as an undergraduate at Princeton. In many cases, the area and topic that you select will influence the direction of your future professional career, and the relationship that you establish with your thesis adviser will be important for your admission to graduate and professional school and job placement. Even if you do not pursue a career in art history or archaeology, the skills that you develop in producing a thesis will be immensely useful in writing reports, evaluating data, problem solving, making policy evaluations, and so forth.

Independent Work offers advice regarding your thesis including picking a title, working with an adviser, and formatting the paper.


History of Art

Daniel Alexander Arris '20

The Art History of Damien Hirst's Natural History

Alexa Faye Fishman '20

Talking Heads: What Zoocephalic Figures in the Tripartite Mahzor Say About Gender and Jewish-Christian Relations in Medieval Germany

Mariah McLaughlin McVey '20

A Sculptural Affair: How the Sculptures on the Theaterama at the 1964–1965 New York World's Fair Flourished as Public Art.

Chelsea A. Peart '20

Constructed Topographies and Ecologies of Slavery: An Examination of 19th-Century Plantation Landscapes in British Jamaica and the United States South

Elizabeth Claire Schwartz '20

Both/And Compositions: Reconciling the Contradictions of Georges de La Tour

Sydney Collins Wilder '20

(Mis)Understanding Hannah Wilke

Milan Renée Eldridge '20

From the Left

Abigail Hack '20

nebraska warp/weft

Tsjum Jhor Kai van der Horst '20

Live long, Madelief

Ivy Xue '20

as luck would have it


History of Art

William Banes '19

"The Camera Speaks": Aaron Siskind, The Feature Group, and the Production of the Harlem Document

Grace Cordsen '19

The Art of the Toilette by Manet, Morisot, and Seurat

Julia Cury '19

A Curated Life: Adolph De Meyer's Self-Fashioning into a Celebrity

Lloyd Feng '19

"Where the Universe Sings": An Assessment of Lawren Harris's Nationalism and Spirituality in His Art

Brooke Hammarskjold '19

Landscape Painting, Urbanization, and the California Imaginary

Catherine Jennings '19

The Making of a Magdalene: Caravaggio's Reconfiguration of Mary Magdalene's Image in Counter-Reformation Painting

Helena Klevorn '19

"The Devil Wears Dada": Commentary on Fashion and the Fashion System in Dada

Annika Lee '19

From Patchwork to Plane: The Quilts and Quilters of Gee's Bend

Louisa Molson '19

Van Gogh's Japan: Picturing an Unseen Land

Charlotte Reynders '19

Re-Visions of Violence: Taboo and Transformation in the Paintings of Contemporary French-Algerian Artist Dalila Dalléas Bouzar

Richard Swanton '19

Made in Milan: Corporate Sponsorship in the Restoration of the Galleria Vittorio Emanuele II

Tamar Willis '19

Perceptions and Rejections of Pop, Pornography, and Americanization in the Art of Tom Wesselmann

Rebecca Yuste-Golob '19

Are We Postmodern?: The Architectural Exhibition in Late Twentieth-Century France

Practice of Art

Cody Amescua de la Cueva '19

Mortal Structures

Anna Berghuis '19


MacLean Collins '19

Canaries in a Coal Mine

Kyra Gregory '19

The Lady's Room

David Lopera '19


Isaiah Nieves '19


Kate Northrop '19

The Midnight

Sanneh '19


Pearl Thompson '19

Dazzle Camouflage / Cloak Cloak

Yuanyuan Zhao '19


Eos Chase '18

Ancient Greek Sculpture: How Has the Image Been Used in the Building of Societies?

Gabrielle Chen '18

i have to be a lonely warrior, tonight

Sarah Cho '18

"To be Great is to be Misunderstood": Reframing Gwen John's Portraits of Women from 1900-1914

Gabriella Chu '18


Charlotte Diamond '18

More than Fashion: The Early History of the Metropolitan Museum of Art's Costume Institute

Logan Dziak '18


Emily Esser '18

From Pottery to Polygons: A Reconstruction and Exploration of the Gigantomachy

Sophia Feist '18

"The Fire and Vapour of Flame Within": Pozzolana from the Campi Flegrei in Roman Maritime Concrete

Gwyndolyn Goldfeder '18


Heather Grace '18

I'm all Talk

Paulina King '18


Helen Lin '18

Continuous Reward

Charlotte McMeekin '18

Proconnesian Marble: Power Dynamics and Industry in Early Byzantium

Natalie Plonk '18

From Pedestal to Playscape: Isamu Noguchi's Playground Designs as an Expanded Field of Sculpture

Katie Pratt-Thompson '18

Winslow Homer and Cullercoats

Sarah Rapoport '18

Surface Anxieties: Vulgarity in the London Paintings of James Tissot

Patrick Rooney '18

Fishing the Short Run

Rachel Schwartz '18

Can You Taste It?

Katherine Shifke '18

"A PHENOMENAL PRESENCE THAT IS UNEQUIVOCALLY BLACK AND BEAUTIFUL": Redefining Beauty Through the Art of Kerry James Marshall

Julia Shin '18

Continuing Chinese Shanshui Paintings in the West: 21st century artists Arnold Chang, Zhang Hongtu, and Xu Bing's Exploration and Transformation of Tradition

Aaron Stevens '18

Collecting Alaska: Sheldon Jackson, Louis Shotridge, and the Pursuit of Northwest Coast Artifacts, 1879-1932

Angélica Vielma '18

The Incorruptible Body

Beth Wang '18

By the Many Protectors: Apotropaic Layering in Ancient Egyptian Fertility Objects

Mariah Wilson '18


Walker Carpenter '17

Atlas of the Impossible: Mapping Commodity Forms in Still Life and Photography

Tiffany Cho '17 (Program 2)


Nazli Ercan '17

Martens Monoprint: Graphic Design as a ‘Ghost Discipline’

Dominique Fahmy '17 (Program 2)

“objects w/feelings” with Simon Wu

Alexis Foster '17 (Program 2)

Knot Knot

Gabriella Garr '17

View from a Balustrade: Martín Rico's Orientalist Vision in Spain, Venice, and France

Jacqueline Gufford '17

Uncovering Devotion: Interactive Flap Prints and the Crafting of Experiential Space in the Descrizione del Sacro Monte della Vernia

Mairead Horton '17

"Full of Company": The Cultivation of Social Identity and Structure in Thomas Gainsborough’s The Mall in St. James’s Park

Anna Kalfaian '17 (Program 2)


Emily Kamen '17

Finding Ground: Exploring the American Terrain of the Center for Land Use Interpretation

Sydney King '17 (Program 2)

us, in part

Adam Locher '17 (Program 2)


Emily Madrigal '17 (Program 2)

Privacy Settings

Maddie Meyers '17

Chasing Georgia

Yankia Ned '17 (Program 2)

Talking to You is Exhausting

Chanyoung Park '17 (Program 2)

MADAME CITRON, a film by Chanyoung Park

Charles Park '17 (Program 2)


Alex Quetell '17 (Program 2)


Malcolm Steinberg '17

Culture Complex: Territory and National Memory in the Films of Roy Andersson

Janice Sung '17

Place, Performance, and Possibility: Interconnectivity in William Sidney Mount's The Power of Music

Louisa Willis '17 (Program 2)

Lumpy Projector

Katie Woo '17

Painting as Metaobject: Reading Meaning in Seventeenth-Century Dutch Still Life

Simon Wu '17

Resistance Performed: Politics and Aesthetics in Myanmar

Margot Yale '17

“Tell Them Everything”: Three Women Artists and the Northern Irish Conflict

Kiana Amirahmadi '16

William Mills Ivins, Jr., and the Creation of the Prints Department at the Metropolitan Museum of Art

Emily Rong Chang '16 (Program 2)

Bulking is a Feminist Act

Lauren Elizabeth Frost '16

For Your Eyes Only:  The Integration of Monastery and Museum at Meteora, Greece

Cindy Johnson '16

Engaging Dubois’s Veil as a Site of Black Agency from Ethnography, to Film, to Photography, and to Fashion

Katherine Mary Kanehann '16

Content and Discontent:  Locating the Viewer in the Work of Francis Bacon

Elizabeth Sue Lawless '16

Understanding the Unfinished:  An Investigation into the Value of Leonardo Da Vinci’s Incomplete Works and Drawings

Olivia West Lloyd '16

Seriously Funny: Humor and Medium in William Wegman’s Videos, 1970-1999

Nicholas Scott McAfee '16 (Program 3)

Ruins of the Revolution:  Egyptian Archaeology in the Wake of Arab Spring

Michaela Yazer Milgrom '16

Sturtevant’s Feminist Reversals

Eliza Mott '16

Loving Lenses:  Photography and the Erotic in Duchamps's Oeuvre

Diana Clark Murphy '16

The Natural Devolution of Man in Response to The Modern World:  Technology and Nature in the Work of Lee Alexander McQueen

Hadley Morgan Newton '16

It’s Lit: Light Sculpture in the 1960s and 1970s

Veronica Claire Nicholson '16 (Program 2)

Beautiful, Memory, Desserts

Neeta Patel  '16 (Program 2)

Time is a floating point number

Carly Marie Pope '16 (Program 3)

The Development of Early Ceramic Traditions in the Americas: The Economic and Social Contexts of Valdivia, Ecuador; Monagrillo, Panama; and Puerto Marques, Mexico

Cemil Revan Purington '16

Meaningful Beauty: Understanding Alfred Stevens’ Paintings

Grayson Douglass Shepperd '16 (Program 2)

Rip the Dream

Lianyi Wang '16

Modern Art in Modern Markets: Pablo, Paul, and the Marketing of the Avant-Garde

Bree White '16 (Program 2)


Emily Jane Wiebe '16

"A Redeemed City": The Plans, Politics, and Progress of Washington, D.C.’s Architecture and Urban Planning from 1790-1910

Rachel Wilson '16

Hagiography as History: Creating Authority and Identity through Images of Anglo-Saxon Saints

Phway Su Aye '15

Yangon's Heritage: Between Nostalgia and Critique

Joseph Bonura '15

War Posters: The Definition, Evolution, and Modernization of American Visual Propaganda

Suhryoung Christine Chun '15

The Context and Legacy of Michelangelo’s Genius of Victory

Tyler Coulton '15

An Architecture of Relations: Typology and Narrative Art in Early Christian Rome

Margaret Craycraft '15 (Program 2)

Labor Against Waste (photography exhibition)

Alison Itzkowitz '15

Nature and Artifice in the Arts of Japan

April Lee '15 (Program 2)

an exhibition

Kemy Lin '15 (Program 2)

Disorientations (multimedia exhibition/performance)

Annie McLaughlin '15

If Boiseries Could Talk: A Comparative Study and Museological Debate of the Contemporary Period Room Display Through the Lens of Eighteenth‐Century French Decorative Interiors

Elise Rise '15

Social Surrealism in the 1930s and 1940s: Locating Atypical Bodies in the American Scene

Kai Song-Nichols '15 (Program 2)

All My Things Are Hymns (watercolor exhibition)

Christopher St. John '15 (Program 2)

BENCH (multimedia project and exhibition)

Amber Stewart '15 (Program 2)

Black Balance (photography exhibition)

Melanie Szemis '15 (Program 2)

I'm Not Sure How I Got Here (exhibition)

Yael Wollstein '15

Maurice Denis: Mythology and Modernity

Helen Wong '15

Akhenaten and Two Daughters: A Fragment of an Amarna Period Column in the Princeton University Art Museum

Meghan Angelos '14

Caught in the Window: A Photographic Study from the Other Side of the Glass

Raphaëlle Bénabou '14

"On One Side of the Barricade": André Breton's Surrealism and the Arts of Africa

Kai On Cheung '14

Back to the Future: Discourse in Contemporary Architecture and Cultural Identity in Hong Kong since the 1980s

Katherine Dubbs '14

Beyond Le Corbusier's Chandigarh: The Lost Voices of a Frozen City

Hilary Edelstein '14

A Critical Analysis of Mary Ellen Mark’s Ward 81 and Danny Lyon’s Conversations with the Dead

Maritza Juarez '14

The Effects of War on Youth as Presented in Japanese Animation

Mary Lou Kolbenschlag '14

From Wheat Paste to the World Wide Web: A Genealogy of Activist Art and the Development of Artist-as-Brand

Bernard Lagrange '14

Painting from the Caves: Joan Miró and Prehistoric Cave Painting

Robert Lambeth III '14

Roughened Language: Four Archetypes of 1970s American Architectural Sculpture

Megan Lui '14

The Golden Mean in Dialogue: Xiao Lu’s Recasting of the Avant-Garde in Contemporary Chinese Culture

Oren Lurie '14

Boston's Government Center: The Simultaneous Successes and Failure of Urban Renewal

Julia Meng '14 (Program 2)

Places 2 | Do, Things 2 | Be (painting and sculptural assemblage exhibition)

Cara Michell '14 (Program 2)

Panama Canal (interactive multimedia installation)

Henrietta Miers '14

Confronting Death through Appropriation: The Art of Yinka Shonibare

Dina Murokh '14

The Face of Painting: Images of the Artist in Early America

Anna Nilles '14

Finis Ghetto? Architecture and the Afterlife of the Jewish Quarter in Prague

Maura O'Brien '14 (Program 2)

Chrysalid (multimedia exhibition)

Alexander Patton '14

The Humor of the Bayeux Tapestry: It'll Leave You in Stitches

Grace Riccardi '14

The Development of Views of Church Interiors in the Context of the Dutch Art Market during the 17th Century

Alexis Saunders '14

Andrew Wyeth and the Matter of Time

Natthamon Wutilertcharoenwong '14 (Program 2)

Man think thai lady make house clean work love somuch cook everry time smile smile (multimedia exhibition)

Margaret Beimfohr '13

Specifically For Us? An Evaluation of Permanent Public Art Installed During the 1970s and 1980s in Lower Manhattan

Tiffany Cheezem '13

Entwined: Humans and Plants as Complementary Opposites in Maya Art

Kathryn Dammers '13

Challenging the Edge: Analyzing Trisha Brown's Museum Commissions at the Whitney Museum of American Art and the Walker Art Center

Isabel Flower '13 (Program 2)

Altar (photography exhibition)

Hana Garfing '13

Vanbrugh's Ephemeral Style: Analyzing the Tradition of the English Baroque Country House

Katherine Gregory '13

"Lack of Location Is My Location": The Impossibility of Black Identity in the Text Paintings of Glenn Ligon

Lily Healey '13 (Program 2)

Utopian for Beginners (photography and graphic design exhibition)

Grayden Holubar '13

The Office of the Digital Age: Contemporary Corporate Campuses as Agents of Organization and Domains of Elite Space

Maximilian Li '13

Mirroring Nature: Examining the Idea of Ocular Power in Samuel van Hoogstraten's Trompe L'Oeil Paintings

Sarah Magagna '13

Artist, Subject, Beholder: Restaging Manet's A Bar at the Folies-Bergère

Mohit Manohar '13

The Baburi Mosque in Ayodhya: A Study in Religion, History, and Architecture in Sultanate and Mughal India

Elizabeth Metts '13

Beyond the Walls: Locating "Community" in American Muralism Since 1930

Nicholas Piacente '13

Daring to Breed the Horse with the Cow: The Repaint Shan Shui Series by Zhang Hongtu

Laura Preston '13 (Program 2)

Avoid Toetal Loss (painting and drawing exhibition)

Micol Spinazzi '13

The Church of Monreale: A Golden Perspective into William II's Rule in Sicily

Ugochukwu Udogwu '13 (Program 2)

color | ed (multimedia installation)

Amy Achenbaum '12

An Aesthetic War: The Sino-Japanese War of 1894–95 through Japanese Woodblock Prints

Liliana Meropi Aslanidou '12

Garry Winogrand’s Women Are Beautiful: Revisiting the Feminist Critique

Lex Brown '12 (Program 2)

Inside that thing that is and is and isn't (multimedia installation)

John Matthew Butler '12

The Crucifix and the Pen: Archbishop Federico Borromeo and the Catholic Reformation

James Cole '12 (Program 2)

The Quinoa Quandary: A Deconstruction of a Documentary (photography and video exhibition)

Eleanor Elbert '12

The Postclassic Maya Diving Maize God

Alexandra Epps '12

Art Stronger than Stone: Marble Imitation in the Audience Hall of the Umayyad Palace at Bālis

Louisa Ferguson '12

Envisioning England's Unconscious: An Investigation of the Surrealist Movement and Mass-Observation from 1935 to 1947

Genevieve Fish '12

Repositioning the Image in Postwar America: Wallace Berman, Andy Warhol, Bruce Conner

Sarah Gerth '12

A Hidden City Emerges: Picturing the Industrial Identity, Civic Topography, and Urban Ethos of Newark, NJ, from 1800 to 2009

Christopher Green '12

Between Two Worlds: Norval Morrisseau as a Case Study for the Shaman Artist

Alexis Johnson '12

Queering George Bellows and the Question of "Gay Art"

Sarah Kinter '12

Between Extremes: The Middle Class in Gustave Doré’s London, A Pilgrimage

Yu-Jun Koh '12 (Program 2)

Moan: The Monstrous Sublime (photography installations)

Eliza Kontulis '12

N. C. Wyeth’s Kidnapped Illustrations: From Bedtime Story to Fine Art

Clare Kuensell '12

The Here and Now: How Stuart Davis Painted His Present

Talia Kwartler '12

Painting the Child of the Neapolitan Streets: Antonio Mancini's Urchins and Entertainers (1865–1885)

Elliot Lopez-Finn '12 (Program 3)

Cultural Alliance and Political Display: The Distribution and Function of Ballcourts in the Petén Lakes Region

Isaiah Miller '12 (Program 2)

The Menagerie and Passenger (video, two parts)

Hillary Moss '12

The Art of Collaboration: An Analysis of the Group Studio Model in Kampala, Uganda

Emma Scully '12

Chinese Armorial Porcelain for the British Market

Ariel Sibert '12

Warp Time: Amateurs and Obsolescence in the Digital Art of Cory Arcangel and Olia Lialina

Aislinn Smalling '12 (Program 3)

A Celtic Knot: Unraveling the Presentation of Irish Ringforts in Archaeology, Museums, and Sites

Mary C. Thierry '12

Beakers for the Dead: Glass Unguentaria from Nemea

Anne Weinmann '12

The House of Tomorrow That Never Was: American Postwar Modern Houses in Promotion and Defeat

Catherine Zaragoza '12

Conquering the Wall: The Impact of David Alfaro Siqueiros's 1932 Los Angeles Mural