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.

The Undergraduate Student Handbook offers advice regarding your thesis including picking a title, working with an adviser, and formatting the paper.

2015
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

2014
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)

2013
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)

2012
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