MICA Art History, Theory, & Criticism Faculty

Raél Jero Salley, Department Chair

Raél Jero Salley offers over a decade of diverse experiences in art, education, program development, research strategies, collaborative creativity and global impact.

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Monica Amor

Monica Amor holds a Ph.D. from the Graduate Center of the City University of New York. She has written art criticism and essays for Poliester (Mexico), Trans (New York), Art Nexus (Miami), Third Text (London), Art Journal (New York), and October (Cambridge). She has curated exhibitions for the Reina Sofia in Madrid, the Serralves Foundation in Porto, Art in General in New York, the Museo de Bellas Artes in Caracas, and other institutions.

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Paulina Banas

Paulina Banas holds a Ph.D. in Art History from Binghamton University and B.A. and M.A. degrees from the University of Paris-Sorbonne. Her research investigates cross-cultural exchanges between Europe and the Islamic world from the seventeenth through the nineteenth century.

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Jenny Carson

Jenny Carson holds a Ph.D. from the Graduate Center of the City University of New York and an MA in Art History from the University of Massachusetts in Amherst.

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Jennie Hirsh

Jennie Hirsh holds a Ph.D. in modern and contemporary art from the History of Art Department at Bryn Mawr College, where she also earned an M.A. in the art of the Italian Renaissance.

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Jennifer Hock

Jennifer Hock is an architectural historian who specializes in the history of twentieth-century architecture and urbanism. She is especially interested in using architectural history to study the construction of social identities and investigate movements for social, cultural, and political change.

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Kerr Houston

Kerr Houston has taught as a Professor of Art History at the Maryland Institute College of Art since 2002. He received a B.A. in Art History from Williams College in 1988, and a Ph.D. from Yale University in 2001.

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Sonja Kelley

Sonja Kelley holds a Ph.D. in Art and Archaeology from Princeton University and a B.A. in Art History from the University of Texas at Austin. She joined the department of Art History, Theory and Criticism as a full-time faculty member in 2012 and teaches courses on East Asian art history.

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Victoria Rose Pass

Victoria Rose Pass is a specialist in Visual Culture, particularly in areas of design and fashion. Her research considers the history of fashion culture in the 20th and focuses specifically on issues of gender and race. Her most recent publications include an essay titled "Schiaparelli's Convulsive Gloves" published in 2015 in Extravagances, the final volume of the Habits of Being series from the University of Minnesota.

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Sarah-Neel Smith

Sarah-Neel Smith holds a Ph.D. in Art History from the University of California, Los Angeles, and a B.A. from Smith College.

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