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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.

Professor Helen Hills                        

Baroque art; Italian art and architecture c1550 to c1790; 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 c1650 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 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.                            

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 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 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              

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

Head of Department Professor Michael White
Research Chair Professor Elizabeth Prettejohn
Chair of the Board of Studies Dr James Boaden
Joint Degrees contact Dr James Boaden
Chair of Graduate Studies Professor Tim Ayers
Director of Research Studies Dr Cordula van Wyhe
Head of Admissions Professor Jason Edwards
Careers Liaison Officer Dr Nicola Sinclair
Examinations Officer Professor Helen Hills
Disability Officer Prof Jane Hawkes
Equal Opportunities Officer

Professor Helen Hills

Visiting Student Coordinator

Dr Teresa Kittler

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 Professor Amanda Lillie
Modern and Contemporary Dr Teresa Kittler
Renaissance and Early Modern Dr Jeanne Nuechterlein

Administrative Staff

Office opening hours for visitors: 9.30am to 4.30pm, Monday to Friday

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

Departmental Administrator
(Mon, Tues, Fri)
Hazel Richards
Room: V/227 
Departmental Administrator
Stephanie King
Room: V/227
Academic Administrator
All aspects of our undergraduate
and postgraduate programmes,
office manager
Fiona Watson
Room: V/225
Examinations Coordinator   
Richard Demoily
Tel: +44 (0)1904 323708
Room: V/226
Department Manager
Finance, planning, HR,
REF, staff research grant 

Andrew Wilkinson
Room: V/224