Stephen Mack‘s dissertation in progress is “Donatello and the Unfinished: The Rough Aesthetic in Florentine Sculpture from Donatello to Michelangelo.”
James M. Levinsohn is currently finishing the M.A. program in Art History at Rutgers University, where he focuses on the theory of criticism, the history of photography, and contemporary art. In 2012, he graduated with a B.A. in Art History from the University of Chicago, where he received travel grants to research “New Objectivity” artist Christian Schad in Germany. He has worked as a curatorial intern and research assistant at the International Center of Photography, the Museum of Modern Art, and the Princeton University Art Museum, and has taught undergraduate courses in contemporary art at Rutgers University. His Masters’ thesis focuses on the reception and reinvention of photographer Wilhelm von Gloeden in the context of the discourse on postmodernism and photography’s development in the 1970s and 1980s.
Sophie Ong is a PhD candidate at Rutgers University specializing in northern European art of the late Middle Ages. She received her B.A. cum laude with high honors in Art History from Smith College, where she also minored in Chemistry and completed the Museums Concentration with a focus on art conservation. Her dissertation interrogates the relationship between medieval bodies and objects by examining the multi-layered significance of 14th- and 15th-century pendants as valued, personal pieces of jewelry that often straddle the line between the secular and the sacred. Her research has received funding from the Samuel H. Kress Foundation, International Center of Medieval Art, the Mellon Foundation, and Rutgers University.