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HoA academic staff group 

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.

Dr Meg Boulton

Sculpture, space, theories of viewing and reader reception/s. She has special interests in theory and in a transhistorical practice of the History of Art.

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

Aesthetic Interactions in South Asia amongst Mughal, Hindu, Sikh, Buddhist and British artists; the global contexts of British sculpture, c.1700-1914; the art of the British empire; queer theory, especially Eve Kosofsky Sedgwick; and ecclesiastical pantheons,  especially St Paul's Cathedral.

Professor Anthony Geraghty            

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

Dr Theo Gordon

HIV/AIDS, and queer and postcolonial practices across diverse media.

Dr Katharine Harrison

Medieval art, with a particular focus on stained glass, illuminated manuscripts and sculpture; the design and adaptation of medieval narratives across visual media and texts; the post-medieval reception and restoration of medieval stained glass.

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 Amanda Hilliam

Art in early modern Italy; Carlo Crivelli; prints and drawings; intermediality; metapainting; the role of art in religious contemplation; the relationship between theory and practice.

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 Richard McClary

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

Dr Jeremy Melius 

Modern art and art writing, especially in Britain, c. 1840-1960; critical theory and aesthetics;
historiography; afterlives of medieval and early modern art; histories of sexuality.

Dr Vera Mey

Art Curating, Curatorial Studies, Area Studies, Southeast Asia, Modern and Contemporary Art, Postcolonial Studies, Non-Aligned Modernities, Afro-Asian Networks, Cold War era histories 

Professor Marcus Milwright

Islamic art and archaeology; craft practices in the Middle East; Orientalist depictions of the Islamic world; Ottoman architecture and infrastructure in Greece. 

Professor 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 Adam Sammut

Currently researching 'Rubens and Islam: Global exchange and European identity in early modern Antwerp'. 

Dr Erhan Tamur 

Ancient Western Asian art; museum studies; art historical and archaeological theory; politics of archaeology; theory and practice of decolonization

Dr Hanna Vorholt

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

Dr Lucy Whelan

Modern artistic practice in Europe in the late nineteenth and twentieth centuries, especially in France; all media but particularly modern painting; gender, artistic self-fashioning, ecological approaches to art history

Professor Michael White               

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

Professor 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. 

Dr Ahmad Yengimolki 

Cultural and artistic exchanges of religious minorities within Islamic lands; Safavid art and architecture; Safavid textile. 


Officers of the Board

Departmental officers



Head of Department:

Professor Elizabeth Prettejohn

Deputy Head of Faculty Operations (DHoFO):

Adam Hewitt

Chair of the Departmental Research Committee:

Professor Michael White

Chair of the Board of Studies:

Professor Jeanne Nuechterlein

Director, York Art History Collaborations (YAHCs):

Dr Richard Johns

Head of Admissions:

Dr Ana Bilbao Yarto

Deputy Head of Admissions:

Professor Jason Edwards

Chair of Graduate Studies:

Professor Anthony Geraghty

Research Programmes Director:

Professor Tim Ayers

Athena Swan/Equal Opportunities Officer:

Dr Teresa Kittler

International, Visiting & Exchange Students:

Dr Jessica Richardson 

Examinations Officer (taught programmes):

Dr Jeremy Melius 

Disability Officer:

Dr Jessica Richardson 

Library and Digitisation Officer:


Careers and Employability Coordinator:

Dr Meg Boulton

Harassment Officer:

Dr Teresa Kittler

Computing Officer:

 Tracey Milnes

Research Seminar Convener:

Dr Katie Harrison

Dr Jessica Richardson 

Ethics (incl Faculty Ethics Committee):

Professor Cordula van Wyhe

Affiliated Staff

Emeritus Professors

Honorary Professors

Honorary Fellows

Honorary Visiting Professors

Honorary Visiting Fellows

Research Associate

Visiting Tutors

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Professional Services

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Sarah Finch
Administrative Manager Laura Hurst
Service Coordination Manager Melissa Henthorne
Outreach, Funding & Events Manager

Natasha Maskell

Teaching Data & Student Administrator 

David Edwards

PG Administrator
Stephanie King
Department Support Administrator
Tracey Milnes
Department Support Administrator Claire Smith
Reception & Department Support Administrator
(Mon, Wed & Fri)
Anna Ross
PA to HoD/UG Administrator Laura Reid
Assessment Administrator (Mon-Wed)
Katy Moors
Assessment Administrator (Wed-Fri)
Susie Beckham