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Department of History of Art staff

We are one of the largest and fastest-growing History of Art departments in the UK, with a diverse range of expertise. The image above shows just a selection of current members of staff in the Department of History of Art at York. 

Academic Staff

Academic Staff

Professor Tim Ayers

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

Dr Ana Bilbao Yarto

Curating contemporary art; histories of exhibition-making and art institutions; contemporary art from the Global South.

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.

Professor 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.

Dr Cora Gilroy-Ware

Visual classicisms from the 18th century to the present; Theories of ideal beauty; Gender, race and racialisation in British and American art, especially with regard to black and indigenous figures; Sculpture and materiality; Pictorial photography; The rural in contemporary art; Decoloniality

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.

Dr Richard Johns            

Art and visual culture in Britain c.1650-1850, especially decorative history painting; JMW Turner; British art after 1945, its global connections and affiliations; ceramics.

Dr Anna-Maria Kanta

West German Art during the Cold War.

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.                          

Dr Joshua Mardell

British architectural history of the 19th and 20th centuries.

Dr Richard McClary

Islamic art and architecture; the architecture and ceramic arts of the wider Iranian world from the tenth to the fourteenth centuries.

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 Jessica Richardson

Italian art c.1300–1550; Materiality and the agency of matter; Temporality; Magic, the supernatural and the miraculous image (image/relic); Image, ritual space and the performance of script; The reception, reworking and display of ‘medieval’ art.

Dr Nicola Sinclair

Northern Renaissance painting and its interaction with religious and social constructs; nineteenth-century historiography, museology, private collecting and the art market, and the place of religious art in ecclesiastical and secular architecture.

Dr Luke Uglow

Nineteenth-Century Art with a focus on art historiography and the history of art history. Italian Renaissance Art, particularly responses to early sixteenth-century Venetian painting.

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              

Early modern cultural history with particular reference to the seventeenth-century Low Countries. Major interests include the history of dress (including fashion), Rubens, religious and political imagery, royal patronage, and early modern court culture.

Officers of the Board

Departmental officers

Head of Department Professor Elizabeth Prettejohn
Research Chair Professor Tim Ayers
Chair of the Board of Studies Dr Richard McClary
Joint Degrees contact Dr Richard McClary
Chair of Graduate Studies Dr Hanna Vorholt
Director of Research Studies Dr James Boaden
Head of Admissions Professor Jason Edwards
Deputy Head of Admissions Dr Ana Bilbao
Careers Liaison Officer Dr Nicola Sinclair
Examinations Officer Dr Teresa Kittler
Disability Officer Professor Jane Hawkes
Ethics Officer Professor Jane Hawkes
Athena Swan/Equal Opportunities Officer

Dr Richard Johns / Dr Teresa Kittler

Visiting Student Coordinator

Dr Jessica Richardson

Research Cluster Coordinators

British Art Dr Richard Johns
Medieval Art and Medievalisms Dr Hanna Vorholt
Sculpture Studies Professor Jason Edwards
Stained Glass Studies Professor Tim Ayers
Architectural History and Theory Dr Joshua Mardell
Modern and Contemporary Dr Teresa Kittler
Renaissance and Early Modern Dr Jeanne Nuechterlein


Administrative Staff

For all enquiries:

Department Administrator
Stephanie King
PA to HoD / Department Administrator
Charlotte Lincoln
Department Administrator
(Mon, Tues, Fri)
Hazel Richards

Academic Administrator & Office Manager
Fiona Watson

Examinations/Feedback Coordinator   
Katy Bascombe

Department Manager
Andrew Wilkinson