Rachel Hooper

Ph.D. Candidate
American Art
Dissertation Title: 
American Art Histories: Framing Race in Exhibitions, 1842-1876
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I am a Ph.D. candidate and a Brown Foundation Mentored Teaching Fellow in the Art History department at Rice University. In 2016, I was a National Endowment for the Humanities Summer Scholar at their Institute for College and University Teachers, and I received a campus-wide teaching award in 2017 from the Rice Center for Teaching Excellence for my first-year writing intensive seminar “Art Criticism in Context,” which I plan on offering again with the Program in Writing and Communication in Spring 2018. 

My dissertation American Art Histories: Framing Race in Exhibitions, 1842-1876 uses material culture methodologies to expose racial politics as a driving force behind the institutionalization of art history in the United States. Research for the project was supported by a Luce Foundation/American Council of Learned Societies Dissertation Fellowship in American Art, the American Philosophical Society, and the Brown Foundation.