Art History

female student standing in front of two paintings
Art History minor Swarangi Potdar, recipient of the DMA-SMU curatorial internship in American Art, at the Dallas Museum of Art
Art History Students at Machu Pichu
Art History majors and minors (from left: Jackson Covert, Vimal Kotecha, Michael Reese, and Reyna Reyes) in Dr. Herring’s Honors course on Inca art and architecture, at the site of Machu Picchu, Peru.

Expansive range of classes taught by tenure-track research faculty, personalized advising and mentorship, museum internships and research travel opportunities, and pre-professional career training for your future in the art world

At SMU, art history takes an interdisciplinary and intercultural approach to learning. Students work closely with faculty in small-class settings as they learn about the relationship of art to fields such as anthropology, sociology, music, dance, literature, science and engineering. Students study buildings, monuments, paintings, sculptures, prints and photographs, as well as maps, jewelry, fashion, movies, advertising and digital media.

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Meet Our Faculty

Adam Herring Adam Herring

Adam Herring

Department Chair
The Emily Rich Summers Endowed Professor in Art History

Anna Lovatt Anna Lovatt

Anna Lovatt

Director of Graduate Studies
Associate Professor


Stephanie Langin-Hooper Stephanie Langin-Hooper

Stephanie Langin-Hooper

Director of Undergraduate Studies
Associate Professor and Karl Kilinski II Endowed Chair of Hellenic Visual Culture

Roberto Conduru Roberto Conduru

Roberto Conduru

Endowed Distinguished Professor of Art History

Amy Freund Amy Freund

Amy Freund

Associate Professor and The Kleinheinz Family Endowment for the Arts and Education Endowed Chair in Art History

Randall Griffin Randall Griffin

Randall Griffin

University Distinguished Professor

Elyan Hill ElyanJeanineHill

Elyan Hill

Assistant Professor

Adam Jasienski Adam Jasienski

Adam Jasienski

Associate Professor of Art History

Tashima Thomas Daniel Tague

Tashima Thomas

Assistant Professor

Ashley Whitt Ashley Whitt

Ashley Whitt

Director of Visual Resources



Dr. Dani Ezor appointed Visiting Assistant Professor at Kenyon College

Alumni Dr. Dani Ezor has been appointed as a Visiting Assistant Professor at Kenyon College for the 2023-24 and 2024-25 academic years. At Kenyon, Ezor will be teaching courses on colonial Latin America and the Caribbean, race and gender 18th-century visual and material culture, and ecology and art in the early modern period, among other potential topics.

Art History News

Student Highlights


Alice Herring, Ph.D. candidate. Alice Herring was just awarded the Antonio Candido Prize for best dissertation in the humanities (all fields) by the Brazilian Section of the Latin American Studies Association (LASA)

Arvin Maghsoudlou

Arvin Maghsoudlou, Ph.D. candidate. Ph.D. candidate and Teaching Fellow Arvin Maghsoudlou is the recipient of this year's Outstanding Graduate Student Instruction Award.


Sophia Salinas, Ph.D. student. This summer, rising third-year Ph.D. student Sophia Salinas will be one of the Crystal Bridges Museum of American Art Havner Curatorial Interns.


Jean Marie Christensen, Ph.D. candidate. During the 2022-2023 academic year, doctoral candidate Jean Marie Christensen published her article, "Assembling the King's Body: Examining Holbein's Portrait Techniques and the Fashioning of Henry Vlll's Image in the English Renaissance," in Renaissance Papers 2021.

Faculty Highlights


Roberto Conduru
Marcelo Conde asked Dr. Roberto Conduru to review the script of the documentary film he is producing about his father, Luiz Paulo Conde (Rio de Janeiro, 1934-2015).


Elizabeth Eager
This summer, Dr. Elizabeth Eager was invited to travel to Berlin to participate in a symposium on the subject of “American Natures.”


Amy Freund
Amy Freund wrote an essay about men and hunting dogs in eighteenth-century French art, for an edited volume in memory of one of her mentors, the late Mary Sheriff.


Adam Herring
In April, Dr. Adam Herring delivered a keynote address to the National Library of Perú (BNP) on the art and sacred landscape of Huarochirí, Perú.


Elyan Hill
This summer, Dr. Elyan Hill presented a paper based on her 2022 article “Submerged Narratives: Memorializing Enslavement in Eve Sandler’s Mami Wata Crossing” at the annual meeting of the Association for the Study of the Worldwide African Diaspora (ASWAD) in Accra, Ghana.


Stephanie Langin-Hooper
Dr. Stephanie Langin-Hooper gave three invited lectures this summer, at the University of California Irvine (see photo), the University of Fribourg, and the University of Copenhagen (the latter under the auspices of the 13th International Congress on the Archaeology of the Ancient Near East).

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