Visual Studies Ph.D. at University of California, Santa Cruz: Call for Applications

Visual Studies Ph.D. at University of California, Santa Cruz: Call for Applications

University of California, Santa Cruz

September 27, 2011
Visual Studies Ph.D. at University of California, Santa Cruz: Call for Applications

Application deadline:
December 15, 2011

The University of California at Santa Cruz is pleased to announce the call for applications to the Ph.D. program in Visual Studies. Applications are welcomed October 1, 2011 through December 15, 2011 for our class entering in September 2012.


This interdisciplinary program is designed for students with diverse academic backgrounds from across the arts and humanities who wish to pursue a graduate degree focused on the social and cultural production of human vision and on the distinctive roles played by art and artifacts in societies from around the globe. Faculty research areas include cultural production in Africa, the Americas, Asia, Europe, and the Pacific Islands.


The program employs a wide range of visual evidence for examination, without being constrained by traditional hierarchies of art. Fine arts, architecture, photography, film, performances, utilitarian objects, and popular entertainments all are primary source material for scholars in the field.


The flexibility of the program allows students to work closely with their advisor and the director of graduate studies to craft a personalized course of study that advances their intellectual and professional goals.


For more information on the program, faculty and application requirements, please see our website at


Core Faculty, UCSC Visual Studies Ph.D. program


Martin Berger, gender, race and representation in U.S. culture


Raoul Birnbaum, Buddhist approaches to human vision, especially Chinese Buddhist representations and practices


Elisabeth Cameron, gender, performance, play and iconoclasm in Central Africa


Carolyn Dean, performance, costume and nonresemblant artifacts in Pre-Hispanic and Colonial Spanish America


Maria Evangelatou, gender, politics and religion in ancient Greek and Byzantine art and visual culture


Jennifer González, installation and activist art, theories of race and representation, digital art


Donna Hunter, national identity in Western Europe and America since 1750


Stacy Kamehiro, identity politics and colonial histories in Oceania


Boreth Ly, trauma, gender and sexuality in Southeast Asia and its Diaspora


Derek Murray, theory and criticism of contemporary art, cultural theory, identity and representation, art of the African diaspora, popular visual culture


Daniela Sandler, modern and contemporary architecture and urbanism in Latin America and Europe


For additional information, please contact Graduate Program Coordinator, Ruby Lipsenthal, at [email protected]


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