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Art History Faculty

David Parrish, Purdue

David C. Parrish

Professor of Art History

Professor David Parrish, who got his doctoral degree from Columbia University, teaches and does research in ancient art and archaeology, specifically Greek Art Roman Art, in addition to having a secondary field of Medieval European Art, for which he offers a course. He also teaches the History of Islamic Art and a class in Art Museum Practices, which is an introduction to the museum world and potential museum careers for students. Mr. Parrish has published a book and articles on mosaic art of the Roman imperial era, focused on Roman North Africa and Roman Asia Minor (modern Turkey). He also contributed to and edited a volume on Roman urbanism. Currently, Mr. Parrish co-directs a research project entitled the Corpus of the Mosaics of Turkey, with two books in print and a third in preparation. He regularly gives papers at international conferences, most recently in Portugal (July 2016). Mr. Parrish also is the president of the North American Branch of AIEMA, the International Association for the Study of Ancient Mosaics. There is a link to a more complete biography [read more].

Catherine Dossin, Purdue

Catherine Dossin

Associate Professor of Art History, Area Coordinator

Catherine Dossin is Associate Professor of Art History at Purdue University. Originally from France, she received a Master’s degree from the Sorbonne and a Ph.D. from the University of Texas at Austin. Her research pertains to the geopolitics of the art world, cultural transfers, artistic circulations, and historiography. She is the author of The Rise and Fall of American Art, 1940s-1980s: A Geopolitics of Western Art Worlds (Ashgate 2015), the co-editor with Thomas DaCosta Kaufmann and Béatrice Joyeux-Prunel of Circulations in the Global History of Art (Ashgate 2015), and the editor of France Remapped: Essays on Postwar and Contemporary Art (forthcoming in 2017). She serves as the Chief Editor of the Artl@s Bulletin and President of the European Post-War and Contemporary Art Forum (ECAF). Professor Dossin teaches courses on modern and contemporary art in the United States, Europe, and Latin America, with an emphasis on the relationships between art, culture, and politics. [read more]

Jennifer_Kaufmann-Buhler, Purdue

Jennifer Kaufmann-Buhler

Associate Professor of Design History, Area Coordinator

Jennifer Kaufmann-Buhler is an Associate Professor of Design History in the department of Art and Design. Her research focuses broadly on ordinary spaces and objects in the context of everyday life, and her current project is about the progressive origins and emerging problems of the American open plan office (“office cubicles”) in the late 20th century. Kaufmann-Buhler has presented her research at various national conferences and is currently in the process of developing several articles as well as a book on her open plan office research. She earned her PhD from the University of Wisconsin-Madison in Design Studies, her MA in the History of Design from the Royal College of Art and the Victoria & Albert Museum, and her BA in American Culture from Vassar College.  [read more]

David Parrish, Purdue

Beth Woodward

Assistant Professor of Practice in Art History

Beth Woodward is an Assistant Professor of Practice in the Department of Art and Design and is affiliated with the Cornerstone Integrated Liberal Arts program. A specialist in the history of art and architecture of the European Middle Ages, Beth holds a PhD in art history from the University of Chicago, a Master’s degree in art history from Florida State University, and undergraduate degrees from the University of North Carolina at Chapel Hill.

Prior to joining Purdue, Beth served as a Visiting Assistant Professor of Art and Visual Culture at Bates College in Maine (2019-2023) and at Lake Forest College in Illinois (2018-1019). Her teaching interests include early and late medieval art, Romanesque and Gothic architecture, the arts of the Islamic world, art and exchange in the global Middle Ages, the arts of the book, theories and methods of art history, and representations of the afterlife.

Beth’s research focuses on the material culture of medieval romance, particularly illuminated vernacular manuscripts and the intersection of artistic and literary practices during the later Middle Ages. This research has been supported by grants from the University of Chicago and the Mellon Council on Library & Information Resources. Her most recent publication focuses on the iconography of illuminated Roman de la Rose manuscripts, which appears in Approaches to Teaching the Romance of the Rose (MLA Approaches to Teaching World Literature, 2023).

Linda Martin, Purdue

Linda Martin

Lecturer of Art History

Linda M. Martin received her M.A. Degree in Art History from Michigan State University. She then continued her graduate work in Italy, where she studied the methods and theory of art conservation and restoration. She earned a Certificato degli Studi, Conservazione e teoria del restauro delle opera d’arte e Museologia from l’Universita Internazionale dell’Arte of Florence. She worked for several years as a professional painting conservator first in Italy, then in Copenhagen and in Amsterdam. Professor Martin teaches courses on Northern Renaissance, Italian Renaissance, and Baroque art history. She has also taught Italian for the Department of Foreign Languages and Literatures. Her research focuses on the relationships between the arts of the Renaissance and the political and social life of the period, both in Italy and in Northern Europe. She is also investigating the influence of Flemish art on Italian Renaissance painting.

 Allie Brandt

Allie Brandt

Lecturer of Art History

Allie Brandt is an Art History Lecturer and an Independent Curator. She received her B.A. in Art History from Purdue University with a minor in Anthropology. In between her Undergraduate and Graduate studies she worked at the IMA (now Newfields) and Ripley Auction House in Indianapolis. She then went on to receive her M.A in Fine and Decorative Arts from the Sotheby’s Institute of Art in London where she wrote her Master's Thesis on the symbolic meaning of armor in Elizabethan portraiture. Upon her return to the United States she has curated several exhibitions including The Unseen World of Charles Altamont Doyle and John Ruskin and his “Frenemies” at the Huntington Library, Art Museum, and Botanical Gardens in San Marino California, as well as She Contains Multitudes for the Purdue Galleries. Professor Brandt predominantly teaches the Art History Survey of Western Art from 1400 to Present. Her research interests are eclectic and change with each project however she approaches each project through an object-based and interdisciplinary lens. Her current project explores the material culture of mid nineteenth-century American homes with a particular focus on ephemera, craft, keepsakes, and home adornment.