Madeleine Haddon studies 19th- and early 20th-century European art under Professor Bridget Alsdorf. Her dissertation, “Local Color: Race, Ethnicity, and Gender in Nineteenth-Century Paintings of Spain,” focuses on the preoccupation with Spain in in 19th- and early 20th-century European and American painting and its relationship to color, both human and painted. Her research interests also include: 19th- and early 20th-century Caribbean, African American, and Latin American art; feminist theory; history of sexuality; critical race theory; visual and literary cultures of travel; and 19th-century histories of race, empire, and transatlantic visual culture
Madeleine received her M.A. from Princeton in 2017 and her B.A. in art history from Yale University in 2012. For her undergraduate thesis on Francisco de Goya’s Los Caprichos, she was awarded the A. Conger Goodyear Prize by the Yale University Department of Art History and the Yale University Art Gallery. She has held curatorial positions at the Metropolitan Museum of Art, The Frick Collection, Yale University Art Gallery, the Sally and Werner H. Kramarsky Collection, and Princeton University Art Museum. Before coming to Princeton, she was the executive assistant to the Director of the Center for Curatorial Leadership in New York from 2012 to 2014. Madeleine has also worked at the Studio Museum in Harlem and at Vanity Fair.
Madeleine is currently conducting research for her dissertation in Madrid on a Fulbright Predoctoral Research Award, where she is working at the Museo del Prado, Universidad Autónoma de Madrid, and Consejo Superior de Investigaciones Cientificas (CSIC). Her research in Madrid is also supported by the Casa de Velázquez. Madeleine has presented her research in the United States, Spain, the United Kingdom and Argentina, and her research has been supported by the Princeton Institute for International and Regional Studies (PIIRS) and Princeton University Dean’s Fund. She has also previously served as a graduate affiliate in Princeton’s Program in European Cultural Studies.