Summer Research Fellowships

The Department of Art History Summer Research Fellowships offer undergraduate and graduate art history students the opportunity to work remotely in research assistant roles helping department faculty members with their current projects over the summer. Fellows are selected through a competitive application process open to Art History graduate students and undergraduate Art History majors.

Graduating and incoming students are welcome to apply. Please see descriptions below for other specific eligibility requirements. A student may apply to multiple opportunities. (Please complete and submit separate applications if you are applying for more than one fellowship opportunity.)

If you have any further questions, please e-mail arthist@rice.edu.

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Applications are now closed for this year.


2020 Summer Fellowship Descriptions

Faculty advisor: Dr. Graham Bader

Research Description: Assisting with proofreading and fact-checking a book manuscript on the German collage artist Kurt Schwitters. Tasks would include preparing a complete bibliography of referenced sources, checking cited texts against source material as possible, and proofreading manuscript for typos and grammatical/spelling/factual slips.

Specific Skills Needed: Excellent research skills; reading knowledge of German preferred

Eligibility: Graduate or undergraduate art history student

Time Commitment/Dates: Around 5-10 hrs/wk for 10 weeks, dates flexible

Number of Awards: 1

Award Amount: $1,000-$2,000

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Faculty advisor: Dr. Leo Costello

Research Description: Assisting with web-based research on a book-length project on the early life and work of JMW Turner.

Eligibility: Undergraduate art history student

Time Commitment/Dates: 5 hrs/wk for 8-10 weeks, or shorter if needed; dates flexible

Number of Awards: 1

Award Amount: $1,000

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Faculty advisor: Dr. Sophie Crawford-Brown

Research Description: Brightly painted architectural terracottas had been used in Italy since the 7thcentury BCE to protect and decorate the roofs of temples, houses, and public structures. Out of this long tradition, a particular class of reliefs emerged during the late Republic and became especially popular during the reign of the Emperor Augustus. The so-called “Campana reliefs” offer a vivid lens into the Roman world, and are decorated with images ranging from mythological struggles, to scenes of sacrifice, to racing charioteers. They are often executed in a Neo-Attic style and feature decorative bands of flowers or other vegetal motifs.
Despite their importance for our understanding of Roman architecture and visual culture, these objects remain surprisingly understudied. One of the preliminary obstacles to the advancement of research in this area is the lack of secure information regarding the chronology of Campana reliefs. Many were found out of context and are dated based solely on stylistic criteria. Since, however, so many are deliberately archaizing in style, such methods quickly prove complicated if not wholly unreliable. This project aims to take a first step toward a better understanding of the use and distribution of Roman Campana reliefs by gathering together a catalogue focused on the relevant indicators (archaeological as well as stylistic) that can be used to establish a more reliable chronology. Emphasizing find-spots will also allow us to determine how widespread these reliefs were outside of Rome, and whether certain types of motifs were more or less popular in particular architectural or geographical settings.

Specific Skills Needed: Reading knowledge of Italian and/or German

Eligibility: Graduate or undergraduate art history student

Time Commitment/Dates: around 5-15 hrs/week; flexible dates and hours

Number of Awards: 1-2

Award Amount: $1,500-$3,500

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Faculty advisor: Dr. Farshid Emami

Research Description: Assisting with preparing 2D and 3D architectural drawings for a book project and other publications on Islamic architecture.

Specific Skills Needed: Familiarity with AutoCAD and/or other drawing programs; familiarity with Islamic architecture helpful but not required. Work samples required with application.

Eligibility: Undergraduate art history student; double majors in art history and architecture preferred

Time Commitment/Dates: about 10-15 hrs/wk; May 15-Aug 14

Number of Awards: 2

Award Amount: $2,500-$3,500

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Faculty advisor: Dr. Susan Huang

Research Description: Assisting with two book-length projects, including organizing and checking footnotes, illustration captions, and bibliographic files. One project is an English monograph on Buddhist printing, and the other is an edited volume of Dr. Huang’s selected essays translated to Chinese.

Specific Skills Needed: A native English speaker with good editorial skills and/or a native Chinese speaker (requiring a short interview) who can compare English spelling and Chinese characters and analyze data in Chinese and/or intermediate/advanced Japanese or Korean language skills to check bibliographic listings of Japanese/Korean sources.

Eligibility: Graduate or undergraduate art history student

Time Commitment/Dates: 30-60 hours (e.g. 3-5 hours/week for 10-12 weeks); dates and hours flexible

Number of Awards: 1-3

Award Amount: $1,000-$1,500

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Faculty advisor: Dr. Fabiola López-Durán

Research Description: Assisting with web-based research, organization of materials, and proofreading of two different chapters on modern architecture and ecological landscapes in the global south. One of the chapters focusses on the dynamics of landscape architecture, biopolitics, and labor in early 20th century Argentina; and the other on metabolic labor, food industry, and the built environment of mid-20th century Venezuela. Adopting a transnational and interdisciplinary perspective, both chapters examine histories of modern architecture and its intersection with economic and scientific dialogues between Argentina and France, and Venezuela and the US.

Specific Skills Needed: Graduate-level research skills and good editorial skills in English. French and Spanish reading proficiency is a plus.

Eligibility: Graduate art history student

Time Commitment/Dates: 10-15 hours/week; May 10-August 1

Number of Awards: 1-2

Award Amount: $2,500-$3,500

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Faculty advisor: Dr. Joseph Manca

Research Description: Assisting with compiling annotated bibliographies for two upcoming publications, each with a focus on Western Europe (1400-1900) including paintings, sculpture, architecture, city planning, printmaking, decorative arts, film, musical production and the connection to artistic style, patronage, and the social status of artists.

Specific Skills Needed: Some knowledge of French, German, and/or Italian preferred; Spanish and/or Latin helpful

Eligibility: Graduate or undergraduate art history student

Time Commitment/Dates: 5-15 hours/week; dates flexible between mid-May and early August

Number of Awards: 1-2

Award Amount: $1,500-$3,500

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Faculty advisor: Dr. Lida Oukaderova

Research Description: Assisting with research for a new course titled “Film and Justice,” which will explore cinema’s long history of engaging court trial narratives, researching crimes, and even affecting outcomes of criminal investigations, in both fictional and documentary films. Questions of interest include: 1) why are filmmakers drawn to the representations of court trials and other criminal investigations? 2) what kind of cinematic innovations (in terms of film’s formal, technological, and narrative organization) have emerged out of these representations? 3) how/when have films influenced a public’s or jury’s perception of a crime?

Specific Skills Needed: Good research skills and understanding of an undergraduate student’s ability to process a text

Eligibility: Graduate art history student

Time Commitment/Dates: around 25 hours; dates flexible, ideally completed before Aug 1

Number of Awards: 1

Award Amount: $1,000

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Faculty advisor: Dr. Diane Wolfthal

Research Description: Assisting with illustration research and organization for an upcoming publication on servants and slaves.

Specific Skills Needed: Renaissance/Early Modern research focus preferred

Eligibility: Graduate art history student

Time Commitment/Dates: About 40-75 hours total; dates flexible

Number of Awards: 1-2

Award Amount: $1,000-$1,500