Art History

Art History at Tufts explores history through the medium of art and architecture. The department is proud to provide a perspective informed by the debates on globalization and visual culture.

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Office of Graduate Admissions
Bendetson Hall
Medford, MA 02155
(617) 627-3395

M.A. in Art History

The master's program in art history, offered by the department of Art and Art History, is designed to provide a broad historical and theoretical understanding of the visual arts, in addition to developing critical thinking and methodological skills. Students engage these issues through course work, seminars, independent research, and teaching experience.

Students complete their degree either by writing a thesis or by submitting two qualifying papers; either option involves an independent research topic designed by the student in consultation with a faculty advisor. M.A. students from our program are successful in applying to and completing Ph.D. programs.

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Karen Overbey
Associate Professor and Director of Graduate Studies
Ph.D. , Institute of Fine Arts, New York University
Medieval art and architecture, relics and reliquaries, early Irish art
Peter Probst
Professor and Chair
Ph.D. , Free University Berlin
African art, memory and monuments, heritage studies, anthropology of images, historiography
Daniel Abramson
Associate Professor and Director of Architectural Studies
Ph.D. , Harvard University
Architecture from Renaissance to contemporary, Europe and America
Cristelle Baskins
Associate Professor
Ph.D. , University of California, Berkeley
Italian Renaissance art, secular painting and narrative, gender and women's studies
Eva Hoffman
Assistant Professor
Ph.D. , Harvard University
Islamic art and architecture, portable arts
Ikumi Kaminishi
Associate Professor
Ph.D. , University of Chicago
Asian art and architecture, Buddhist painting, narrative studies
Christina Maranci
Associate Professor
Ph.D. , Princeton University
Armenian art and architecture, Byzantine art and architecture
Andrew McClellan
Ph.D. , Courtauld Institute of Art, University of London
Modern European art and theory; history of museums, exhibitions, and collecting; history of art history
Jeremy Melius
Assistant Professor
Ph.D. , University of California, Berkeley
Modern art and art writing, critical theory and aesthetics, historiography, histories of sexuality
Eric Rosenberg
Associate Professor
Ph.D. , Harvard University
American art, modern and contemporary art
Adriana Zavala
Associate Professor
Ph.D. , Brown University
Modern and contemporary Latin American art, art of Mexico, and gender and women's studies

Application Deadline

Fall: January 15

Application Requirements: 

> Application fee
> Resume/CV
> Personal statement
> Official GRE required
> Official TOEFL or IELTS, if applicable
> Transcripts
> Three letters of recommendation 
> Writing sample 
       - A recent writing sample of your best piece of writing
> Reading knowledge of a foreign language 

For questions about this program, including scholarships and assistantships, please contact the graduate program director, Associate Professor Karen Overbey.

Department of Art and Art History
11 Talbot Avenue
Tufts University
Medford, MA 02155

Office: 617-627-3567