Current & Past PH.D Students

Current and Past PhD students

Austen Leigh (PhD Candidate) received a BA from Rutgers University in Art History & English Literature with a minor in Classical Humanities and an MA from the Institute of Fine Arts, NYU in Art History & Archaeology. She has participated in excavations in Selinunte, Sicily and Aphrodisias, Turkey and is also a member of Phi Beta Kappa. She taught Art History at Middlesex County College from 2012-2016 and has been enrolled in Art History PhD program with a CHAPS concentration at Rutgers since 2015. Her research explores the complex relationships between creation & destruction, in particular how material culture functions in the context of armed conflict. 

Joëlla van Donkersgoed (PhD Candidate) has a BA and MA in Archaeological Heritage Management from Leiden University (The Netherlands) and is currently enrolled as PhD student in Cultural Heritage and Preservation Studies at the Department of Art History at Rutgers University. She is currently working on a project to enlist the Banda Islands (Indonesia) on the UNESCO World Heritage List as a mixed site. The Banda Islands also form the case study for her dissertation research, in which she will explore the physical and intangible fabric that make up this unique cultural landscape.