Department of History of Art staff

We are one of the largest and fastest-growing History of Art departments in the UK. The image above shows just a selection of current members of staff in the Department of History of Art at York. We have a very diverse range of expertise and you can find out more about our specialisms, research and teaching by clicking on the individual staff profiles.

Academic Staff

Academic Staff

Professor Tim Ayers

Medieval art, especially stained glass and sculpture; art and education.

Dr James Boaden

American from 1930 to the present; ideas about the 'neo-avant-garde'; the crossover between experimental film and artistic practice in the twentieth century.

Sarah Brown

The early history of stained glass restoration and post-medieval reception of medieval art; aspects and periods of stained glass and its contribution to the decor of the ecclesiastical interior.

Professor Jason Edwards

The global contexts of 'British' Sculpture, c.1757-1914; art around the Arctic circle; world and complex systems; ocean studies; art of the British empire; craft and design reform in long-nineteenth-century Britain; the reception of Buddhist art in the Atlantic world; J.M.W. Turner; Aestheticism; nineteenth-century Assyriology and Egyptology; Victorian art and interiors; critical animal studies; and queer theory, especially Eve Kosofsky.

Professor Anthony Geraghty            

English Baroque architecture; architectural drawing and design practice; early modern university architecture.

Professor Jane Hawkes                       

Late antique, early Christian and early Islamic art and architecture; Anglo-Saxon art, with a particular emphasis on the sculpture and its historiography; the art and architecture of 19th- and early 20th-century medieval revivals.

Professor Helen Hills                        

Baroque art; Italian art and architecture c.1550-c.1790; holiness & baroque art, architecture, urbanism; architecture, gender and sexuality; Renaissance and baroque art theory; architectural theory; female spirituality, art and architecture; early modern/ baroque materialities; art and economies of salvation; silver from New Spain to Naples.

Dr Richard Johns            

Art and visual culture in Britain from c.1650 to 1850, especially decorative history painting, and the relationship between art and architecture; landscape and marine painting; questions of taste and value in art.    

Dr Karl Kinsella

The relationship between text and image in the Middle Ages, with a special interest in the movement of ideas across Europe and between Christian, Jewish, and Islamic communities.

Dr Cadence Kinsey

Contemporary art; art and the Internet; digital media; histories of art and technology; live art and performance from the 1960s to today; feminist science and technology studies; medical humanities

Dr Teresa Kittler

Artistic practices from 1945 to the present day, specifically Italian postwar art and primarily on issues related to art and the environment and questions related to gender.                            

Professor Amanda Lillie                       

15th- and 16th-century Italian art and architecture, with a particular emphasis on the ways in which buildings and works of art were shaped by social and economic conditions; patronage; representations and perceptions of architecture, landscape, air, rocks and place.

Dr Emanuele Lugli                   

Italian medieval and early modern art, architecture and visual culture; trans-cultural relations across the Mediterranean Sea up to 1492; history and theory of architecture and urbanism in Europe and the US, global scientific expeditions of the 18th century (from Peru to Lapland), questions of scale and labour, connoisseurship, fashion studies, and network theory. 

Dr Jeanne Nuechterlein      

15th- and 16th-century art in Northern Europe, with particular interests in the impact of the Reformation and the purposes and visual effects of different artistic media.

Professor Elizabeth Prettejohn

Receptions of ancient and Renaissance art; Victorian painting and sculpture; the Pre-Raphaelites; Victorian Aestheticism; Victorian and twentieth-century art criticism (particularly Walter Pater, Roger Fry); relationships between philosophical aesthetics and art practice.

Dr Hanna Vorholt

Medieval art and visual culture focussing especially on illuminated manuscripts, and the representation of Jerusalem in the medieval West

Professor Michael White               

The twentieth-century European avant-gardes, especially Dada and Constructivism; modernist architecture and design.

Dr Cordula Van Wyhe              

Material and visual culture in the sixteenth- and seventeenth-century Low Countries; especially in relation to political imagery, female spirituality, and court culture.

Officers of the Board

Departmental officers

PostName
Head of Department Prof Michael White
Research Chair Prof Tim Ayers
Chair of the Board of Studies Dr Richard Johns
Joint Degrees contact Dr Richard Johns
Chair of Graduate Studies Dr Cordula van Wyhe
Director of PhD Programme Prof Amanda Lillie
Head of Admissions Prof Jason Edwards
Careers Liaison Officer Prof Jane Hawkes
Examinations Officer Dr Hanna Vorholt
Disability Officer Dr Hanna Vorholt
Equal Opportunities Officer

Prof Helen Hills

Visiting Student Coordinator

Prof Helen Hills

Directors of Research Schools

British Art Dr Richard Johns
Medieval Art and Medievalisms Dr Hanna Vorholt
Sculpture Studies Prof Helen Hills
Stained Glass Studies Sarah Brown
Architectural History and Theory Prof Amanda Lillie

 

Administrative Staff

Office opening hours for visitors: 9.30am-4.30pm, Mon-Fri

For all general queries:

  • Fax for all admin staff: +44 (01904) 323427

Please note: the office doesn't keep diaries for members of the academic faculty. Please contact academics directly.

Departmental Administrator:
(Mon, Wed, Thurs) 
Deborah Fenton
Tel: +44 (01904) 322978
Email: history-of-art@york.ac.uk
Room: V/227  
Departmental Administrator:
(Tues, Fri)
Hazel Richards
Tel: +44 (01904) 322978
Email: history-of-art@york.ac.uk
Room: V/227 
Departmental Administrator:

Stephanie King
Tel: +44 (01904) 322978
Email: history-of-art@york.ac.uk
Room: V/227
Academic Administrator:
All aspects of our undergraduate
and postgraduate programmes,
office manager
Fiona Watson
Tel: +44 (01904) 322978
Email: history-of-art@york.ac.uk
Room: V/226 
Examinations Coordinator:       
Thomas Straszewski
Tel: +44 (01904) 323708
Email: thomas.straszewski@york.ac.uk
Room: V/227
Department Manager:
Finance, planning, HR,
REF, staff research grant 

Andrew Wilkinson
Tel: +44 (01904) 322978
Email: andrew.wilkinson@york.ac.uk
Room: V/225