The University of Tennessee, Knoxville



campbellMary Campbell - Assistant Professor
Office: A+A 242
Telephone: 865.974.7828
Education: Stanford University - Ph.D.

"I believe that society reveals its deepest fears and aspirations in the texts that it produces—texts that include images and objects as a particularly chatty, if not outright confessional, subset. In their deepest visual structures, then, artworks make arguments about both the world and themselves. As an art historian, I feel compelled to listen to these arguments through acts of close looking."

Dr. Campbell received her BA in visual art from Brown University, where she graduated magna cum laude. She subsequently received a J.D. from Yale Law School in 2001 and a Ph. D. in art history from Stanford University in 2010. After graduating from law school, Campbell clerked for the Honorable Sharon Prost of the U.S. Court of Appeals for the Federal Circuit. Recognized as a scholar, teacher, and lawyer, Dr. Campbell specializes in nineteenth-century American Art. Her dissertation "Exalted Bodies: Charles Ellis Johnson and the Practice of Mormon Photography" focused on the intersection of stereography and early Mormon theology. Dr. Campbell has published articles in the Yale Journal of Law & Feminism and the Hastings Communications & Entertainment Law Journal. In addition to this, she has received several awards and fellowships, including the Luce/ACLS Dissertation Fellowship in American Art, the Stanford Humanities Center Geballe Dissertation Prize Fellowship, and the Stanford University Centennial Teaching Assistant Award.

habelDorothy Metzger Habel - Professor + Director
Office: A+A 213
Telephone: 865.974.3407
Education: University of Michigan - Ph.D.

"I am drawn to the study of urban architecture because it breeds a certain tension between the city itself as a built environment and the individual buildings that define the built environment. In fact, scholarly study of a city is not unlike the physical experience of the city. Both enterprises call for a bifocal approach predicated on an appreciation of the city as a monument and architecture as the medium of its creation. Urban architectural "bites" are relatively small, but their accumulation takes on a form and content the exact nature of which is complex beyond that of any one unit. In my work I try to recover the original relationship between a building, or any work of art, and its larger environment in an effort to reclaim something of its original magic."

Dorothy Metzger Habel is a scholar of seventeenth-century Italian art whose research focuses on the architecture and city planning of papal Rome. Her recent book The Urban Development of Rome in the Age of Alexander VII (Cambridge University Press, 2002) examines the role of discrete zones within the city, including the Quirinal, Piazza del Popolo, Piazza S. Marco, Piazza Colonna, via del Corso and Piazza S. Pietro, in establishing Pope Alexander VII's new conceptualization of the city as one reviving the architectural formulae of late-antique Roman Asia. In addition, she has published studies on the architecture and sculpture of Bernini, the architecture of Pietro da Cortona and the architectural history of Piazza S. Ignazio, Rome in the seventeenth and eighteenth centuries. She received her M. A. and Ph.D. in the History of Art from the University of Michigan.

hilesTim Hiles - Associate Professor
Office: A+A 250
Telephone: 865.974.2725
Education: Pennsylvania State University - Ph.D.

"I have always been intrigued by the ability of the avant-garde to move society forward. This aspect of art and its interdisciplinary nature form the basis of my research. The cultural centers of Vienna and Munich in the late nineteenth and early twentieth centuries, where the avant-garde clashed with a glorious tradition, have been the focus of my explorations."

Timothy W. Hiles received his Ph. D. from Penn State University where his studies emphasized the early modern movement in Central Europe. Among his publications are "Thomas Theodor Heine: Fin-de-Siecle Munich and the Origins of Simplicissimus (1996)" and "Kilmt, nietzsche and the Beethoven Frieze, " which appeared in the series Cambridge Studies in Philosophy and the Arts (1998). Dr. Hiles' research emphasizes the role of an interdisiplinary approach in the study of the avant-garde. His interest in using technology in the classroom led to his creation of one of the earliest comprehensive art history web sites in the country and to the publication "Web-Site Enhancement of Traditional of Classroom Pedagogy" (1999).

neffAmy Neff - Associate Professor
Office: A+A 414
Telephone: 865.974.8351
Education: University of Pennsylvania - Ph.D.

"My work explores the role of images in visualizing and promoting certain attitudes and ideologies in western culture. My focus on the thirteenth century reflects an interest in a transitional period, when changing systems of thought, including the Franciscan movement, encouraged a new naturalism and humanism in the arts. I am especially interested in art associated with the Franciscans and in images concerned with women's roles."

A specialist in medieval art, Amy Neff received her Ph.D. from the University of Pennsylvania. Her thesis studied the artistic interaction between two medieval cultures, Italy and Byzantium. Recent publications have focused on the impact of the Franciscan movement on the arts and on the imagery of women. These include "The Pain of Compassion: Mary's Labor at the Foot of the Cross," in The Art Bulletin (1998), and "Palma dabit palmam: A Franciscan Program of Devotion," in the Journal of the Warburg and Courtauld Institutes (2002), and "Lesser Brothers: Franciscan Mission and Identity at Assisi," Art Bulletin (2006). She was aslo a contributor to the catalogue of Byzantium: Faith and Power, 1261-1557, a major exhibition that opened at the Metropolitan Museum of Art, New York, in March 2004. Dr. Neff's awards include the Rome Prize of the American Academy in Rome and fellowships from the Center for Advanced Studies of the National Gallery of Art, the Harvard University Center for Renaissance Studies at Villa I Tatti, and the National Endowment for the Humanities.

wrightSuzanne Wright - Associate Professor
Office: A+A 416
Telephone: 865.974.4267
Education: Stanford University - Ph.D.

"My research interests circulate about issues of visual literacy, interchanges between artistic media, text-image relationships, and the role of material culture in social positioning. Currently, I am expanding my study of the epistolary culture of the late Ming and early Qing dynasties, including publications of letters and letter-writing manuals, designs for letter papers and, epistolary imagery in woodblock-printed novel illustrations. Other current research projects focus on woodblock-printed playing cards for drinking games and the influence of print culture and letters on image-text relationships in the late imperial period."

Suzanne Wright received her M. A. from the University of California, Berkeley, and her Ph.D. from Stanford University in the visual culture of seventeenth-century China.She has written articles on late Ming woodblock-printed catalogues of letter paper designs, her dissertation topic, and the 17th-century publisher Hu Zhengyan. Most recently, an essay on the history of decorated letter paper in China was included in A History of Chinese Letters and Epistolary Culture, published by Brill. She is currently co-curating an exhibition of Ming and Qing prints for the Huntington Library, Art Collections and Botanical Gardens that will open in September 2016. The exhibition will be accompanied by a catalog to which she will contribute entries and an essay. Prior to pursuing the doctorate, she was Assistant Curator of Far Eastern Art at the Los Angeles County Museum of Art.


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