Ifa Nyu Dissertations Database

NYU dissertations completed before 2007 are available in both print and microform at Bobst.

Bobst Library does not keep copies of any dissertations from the following programs:

  • The Medical School and the Dental School maintain separate collections of their own dissertations
  • Master's theses are not kept by Bobst Library. Check with the corresponding department or school to explore whether such theses are held.

Bound copies of dissertations are held offsite and must be requested through the catalog for delivery to the library.

Call number ranges for NYU dissertations (Dissertations from Tisch and Courant are under GSAS):

  • LD 3907 .E3 - School of Education
  • LD 3907 .G5 - Wagner School of Public Administration
  • LD 3907 .G6 - Stern School of Business
  • LD 3907 .G7 - Graduate School of Arts and Science (GSAS)
  • LD 3907 .S3 - School of Social Work

Dissertations published before 2008 at the Graduate School of Arts and Sciences, Wagner School of Public Administration, Stern School of Business, Silver School of Social Work, and Steinhardt School of Education are available on microform. Microform copies are located in the Microforms Center on LL2 of Bobst Library. These are arranged chronologically by school. Some of the older rolls of film contain more than one dissertation. These copies are each given a thesis number in chronological, alphabetical order. The thesis numbers are listed on each roll, corresponding to the cataloged location in BobCat.

Using BobCat to Find NYU Dissertations

If you already know the author or the title of the dissertation, you can search BobCat with that information to locate our copy and either recall it from offsite storage or find it in the Microforms Center. For those wishing to search BobCat for dissertations on certain subjects, perform an Advanced Search using the words "Dissertation" AND "[desired subject]."

Please note: NYU dissertations in the Proquest Dissertations & Global Theses database are indexed in BobCat regardless of whether or not they have been embargoed. Just because a dissertation record appears in BobCat does not mean that it is available in full-text. 

Completed Dissertations

2015-2010 | 2009-2000 | 1999-1990 | 1989-1980 | 1979-1970 | 1969-1960 | 1959-1950 | 1949-1940 | 1939-1930


Nora Abrams, Para-realism and the Early Sculpture of Rachel Whiteread. Advisor: Linda Nochlin

Birgitta Augustin, Painting Authenticity: Intersections in the Lives and Art of Zhang Yu, Huang Gongwang and Ni Zan. Advisor: Jonathan Hay

William Bracken, Rembrandt as Creative Inventor. Advisors: Eric Jan Sluiter and Mariet Westermann

Carolina Carrasco, The Lives of Working Objects: Functionalism and the Institution in the Archival “Readymades” of George Maciunas. Advisor: Robert Storr

Elizabeth Dospel Williams, Worldly Adornments: Women's Precious Metal Jewelry in the Early Medieval Eastern Mediterranean (9500-1100 CE). Advisor: Thelma Thomas

Galia Halpern, Open Geography and the Illuminated Mandeville's Travels. Advisor: Colin T. Eisler

Nina Harkrader, Building for the Poor and the Pauper: Architecture, Morality and Medical Models in Victorian England, 1850-1900.  Advisor: Jean-Louis Cohen

Rachel Kaplan, Mexican Modernism in National and Transnational Contexts. Advisor: Edward Sullivan

Allyson McDavid, The Legacy of the Great Baths of Aphrodisias in Late Antiquity. Advisor: Thelma Thomas

Nicole Myers, Courbet and the Realist Nude. Advisor: Linda Nochlin

Berit Potter, "Grace McCann Morley and the Dialectical Exchange of Modern Art in the Americas, 1935 – 1958. Advisors: Thomas Crow and Edward J. Sullivan.

David Jacob Rabinowitz, Public Construction: Christo and Jeanne-Claude's Running Fence. Advisor: Jeffrey Weiss

Delia Solomons, Installing Latin American Art for Cold War Culture: U.S. Exhibitions (1959-1967). Advisor: Edward Sullivan

Anna Swinbourne, Marvelous Spectacle: The Role of Ostend's benediction of the Sea in Selected Paintings and Drawings by James Ensor. Advisors: Robert Lubar and Priscilla P. Soucek

Michael Waters, Materials, Materiality, and Spolia in Italian Renaissance Architecture. Advisor: Marvin Trachtenberg

Shannon Wearing, Power and Style: The Liber Feudorum Maior and the Court of Alfonso II, King of Aragon and Count of Barcelona (r. 1162-1196). Advisor: Jonathan Alexander


Joseph Ackley, 'Offer him gold; that is true love': Ottonian gold repoussé and the Western medieval church treasury. Advisor: Jonathan J. G. Alexander

William Ambler, The Portrait Workshop at the Court of Philip IIII of Spain. Advisor: Jonathan Brown. 

Andrea Bell, French Artists in Rome: An Examination of Eighteenth-Century Drawing Albums. Advisor: Thomas Crow

Anna Katherine Brodbeck, Parallel Situations: Artur Barrio, Brazilian Art, and International Exchange in the Post-Studio Era (1969–1974). Advisor: Edward J. Sullivan

Lauren Cannady, Owing to Nature and Art: The Garden Landscape and the Eighteenth-Century French Interior. Advisor: Thomas Crow

Christopher Corradino, Giovanni Mansueti Painting in Venice. Advidor: Colin T. Eisler

Nicholas Herman, Jean Bourdichon (1457-1521): Tradition, Transition, Renewal. Advisor: Jonathan J. G. Alexander

Titia Hulst, Leo Castelli and the Market for American Contemporary Art. Advisor: Thomas Crow

Kenji Kajiya, Color-Field Painting in the Cultural Context of America. Advisor: Robert S. Lubar

Zhijian Qian, Modernism Re-oriented in a Chinese Context: Painting of Modernist Artiti in Wartime Chongqing, 1937-1945. Advisor: Jonathan Hay

Anooradha Siddiqi, Just Add Water? Architecture and Humanitarianism, 1991-2011. Advisor: Jean-Louis Cohen

Ileana Selejan, Postmodern Warfare in Images: The Aesthetics of War Photography in the Late 1970s and 1980s. Advisor: Thomas Crow

Jennifer Sudul, The Early works of Niki de Saint Phalle. Advisors: Robert Storr and Linda Nochlin

Julia Valiela, Model Women: Female Portrait Busts in Renaissance Italy. Advisors: Beverly Brown and Patricia Rubin


Mark Abb, The Polychromy of Roman Marble Sculpture: Aphrodisias and Corinth. Advisor: Katherine Welch

Denise Birkhofer, On and Off the Streets: Photography and Performance in Mexico City, 1974-1984. Advisor: Edward J. Sullivan

Cathleen Chaffee, Decors: Marcel Broodthaers Late Exhibition Practice, 1974-75. Advisor: Robert Storr

Nathaniel Donahue, Decorative Modernity and Avant-Garde Classicism in Renoir's Late Work, 1892-1919. Advisor: Linda Nochlin

Jason Dubs, Making a Scene: The Colectivo Acciones de Arte, the Chilean Neo-Avant-Garde, and the Politics of Visibility, 1975-89. Advisor: Edward J. Sullivan

Rachel Federman, Framing Los Angeles: Artists’ Environments and Institutional Space, 1962-1994. Advisor: Thomas Crow

Ross Finocchio, Henry Clay Frick: The Making of an American Collector, 1880-1905. Advisor: Jonathan Brown

Maryl Gensheimer, Decoration and Display in the Imperial Thermae: Issues of Intention, Reception, and Visual Experience at the Baths of Caracalla. Advisor: Katherine Welch

Melanie Hanan, Romanesque Casket Reliquaries: Forms, Meanings, and Development. Advisor: Jonathan J.G. Alexander

Genevive Hendricks, Collision and Collusions: Interactions in Le Corbusier’s Art and Architecture, Purism and Beyond. Advisor: Jean-Louis Cohen

Joe Hill, Becoming Global: Contemporary Art Worlds in the Age of the Biennials Boom. Advisor: Robert Storr

AlisonHokanson, The Soul of Solemn: Places; The Interior Scenes of Henri de Braekeleer (1840-1888). Advisor: Linda Nochlin

Jai Imbrey, Fictive Frames in Mantegna’s Devotional Art. Advisor: Colin T. Eisler

Abby Kornfeld, Meanings in the Margins: Between Text and Image in the Barcelona Haggadah. Advisor: Jonathan J.G. Alexander

Matthew Levy, Abstract Painting and the Minimalist Critiques: Robert Mangold, David Novros, Jo Baer. Advisor: Robert Storr

Lihong Lui, A Known World: The Pictorial Construction of Place in the Art of Shen Zhou, Wen Zhengming, and Lu Zhi. Advisor: Jonathan Hay

Beth Merfish, Stars in Complex Constellations: Mexico City’s Taller de Gráfica Popular through Inside and Outside Histories. Advisor: Edward J. Sullivan

Elizabeth Monti, Art for an Antipope at the Court of Clement VII (1378-1394). Advisor: Jonathan J.G. Alexander

Judith Noorman, The Unconventional Career of Jacob van Loo (1614-70), Painter in Amsterdam and Paris. Advisor: Mariët Westermann

Rory O’Dea, Science Fiction and Mystic Fact: Robert Smithson’s Ways of World Making, Advisor: Robert Storr

Alexander Rich, Artist or Critic: Guy Pène du Bois and the Search for Artistic Identity. Advisor: Linda Nochlin

Lindsey Schneider, The Late Career of Pietro da Cortona and Roman Baroque Painting after 1650. Advisor: Jonathan Brown.

Deanna Sheward, Building for the Bomb: Monumentality and the Manhattan Project. Advisor: Thomas Crow

Hannah Sigur, Neoclassicism and National Identity: Japan, the United States, and International Expositions 1862-1915. Advisor: Jean Louis Cohen

Denise-Marie Teece, Vessels of Verse, Ships of Song: Persian Anthologies of the Qara Quyunlu and Aq Quyunlu Perod. Advisor: Priscilla Soucek

Rosemarie Trentinella, The Roman Villa in Calabria: Case Studies in Visual Culture. Advisor: Katherine Welch

Derek Weiler, Serial Aesthetics and the Concept of Technique: Mel Bochner and the 1960s. Advisor: Jeffrey Weiss

Michelle Anne Wijegoonaratna, Tradition, Innovation and the Construction of Identity in Otto Dix’s Portraits and Self-Portraits 1912-1925. Advisor: Robert S. Lubar


Guendalina Ajello, Afterlives: The Reuse, Adaptation and Transformation of Roma’s Ancient theaters. Advisor: Marvin L. Trachtenberg

Liam Considine, New Realisms: Pop Art in France, 1962-1968. Advisor: Thomas Crow

Isabel Fowkles, The Cults of Syrian-Phoenician Gods in Rome: Archaeology, Topography, and Connections to the Roman East. Advisor: Clemente Marconi

Ana Franco, Edgar Negret and Eduard Ramirez-Villamizar: Transnational Encounters and the Rise of Modernism in Colombian Art, 1944-1964. Advisor: Edward J. Sullivan

Casey Gardonio-Foate, Professional Women Artists of Iberia’s Golden Age: Careers in Context. Advisor: Jonathan Brown

Sarah Graff, Humbaba/Huwawa. Advisor: Katherine Welch

Erik Gustafson, Tradition and Renewal in the Thirteenth-Century Franciscan Architecture of Tuscany. Advisor: Marvin L. Trachtenberg.

Karen Hung, Carved Elegance: Hans Thoman, German Renaissance Sculptor. Advisor: Colin T. Eisler

Lauren Jacobi, The Topography of Money: The Architecture and Urbanism of Banks in Renaissance Italy. Advisor: Marvin L. Trachtenberg

Danielle Johnson, Salvador Dalí and René Magritte, 1928-1938. Advisor: Robert S. Lubar

Ronda Kasl, The Making of Hispano-Flemish Style: Art, Commerce, and Politics in Fifteent-Century Castille. Advisor: Egbert Haverkamp-Begemann

Laura Leaper, Time, Memory and Ritual: deciphering visual rhetoric in Diego Valades’ Rhetorica Christiana. Advisor: Jonathan Brown

Yulin Lee, Strategies of Spatialization in the Contemporary Art Museum: An Exploratory Study of New Museums and Contemporary Art in Japan. Advisor: Jean-Louis Cohen

Niria E. Leyva-Gutierrez, Painting Power: Images of Ecclesiastical Authority in Seventeenth-Century New Spain. Advisor: Jonathan Brown

Sarah Madole, Innovation and Identity on Mythological Frieze Sarcophagi from Roman Asia Minor. Advisor: Katherine Welch

Michele Matteini, Painting in the Age of Evidential Scholarship (Kaozheng): Luo Ping’s Late Years, ca. 1770-1799. Advisor: Jonathan Hay

Sarah Montross, Cartographic Communication: Latin American New Media Artists in New York, Juan Downey and Jaime Davidovich (1960s-1980s). Advisor: Edward J. Sullivan

Adele Nelson, The Monumental and the Ephemeral: The São Paulo Bienal and the Emergence of Abstraction in Brazil, 1946-1954. Advisor: Edward J. Sullivan

Lelia Packer, Imitation and Innovation in Materials in Early Modern Northern European Art: Pen Prints, Pen Drawings, and Pen Paintings, c. 1580-1670. Advisor: Mariët Westermann

Maggie Popkin, The Trimphal Route in Republican and Imperial Rome: Architecture, Experience, and Memory. Advisor: Katherine Welch.

Jennifer Udell, Times of Day and Times of Year on Athenian Vases. Advisor: Clemente Marconi

Kathryn Wysocki, Images for the King: The Bronze Plaques of the Benin Court in their Architectural Context. Advisor: Jonathan Hay


Qamar Adamjee, Strategies for Visual Narration in the Illustrated Chandayan Manuscripts. Advisor: Priscilla Soucek

Esther Bell, Charles-Antoine Coypel: Painting and Performance in Eighteenth-Century France. Advisor: Jonathan Brown

Johanna Blokker, (Re) Constructing Identity: World War II and the Reconstruction of Cologne’s Destroyed Romanesque Churches, 1945-1985. Advisor: Jean-Louis Cohen.

Michael Brown, Portraiture in New Spain, 1600-1800: Painters, Patrons and Politics in Viceregal Mexico. Advisor: Jonathan Brown

Luis Castaneda, The Twilight of the Miracle: The Politics of Architecture in Mexico, 1953-1968. Advisors: Jean-Louis Cohen and Edward J. Sullivan

Amy Calver, The Integration of Quantitative and Qualitative Research in a Study of the Regalia of Ramses III. Advisor: David O’Connor

Jacquelyn Coutre, Jan Lievens: Painting, Politics and Decoration in Dutch Art, 1653-1669. Advisor: Egbert Haverkamp-Begemann

Vanessa Davidson, Paulo Bruscky and Edgardo Antonio Vigo: Pioneers in Alternative Communication Networks, Conceptualism, and Performance (1960s-1980). Advisor: Edward J. Sullivan

Keely Heuer, The Head as a Decorative Motif in South Italian Vase Painting. Advisor: Joan Mertens

Pamela Huckins, Art in the Alta California Mission Churches, 1769-1834. Advisor: Jonathan Brown

Maile Hutterer, Broken Outlines and Structural Exhibitionism: the Flying Buttress as Aesthetic Choice in Medieval France. Advisor: Marvin L. Trachtenberg

Matthew Israel, Paradigms of Protest: American Artists Against the Vietnam War. Advisor: Robert Storr

Anna Jozefacka, Rebuilding Warsaw: Conflicting Visions of a Capital City, 1916-1956. Advisor: Jean-Louis Cohen

Yumiko Kamada, Flowers on Floats: The Production, Circulation, and Reception of Early Modern Indian Carpets. Advisor: Priscilla Soucek

Lauren Kinnee, The Roman Trophy: From Battlefield Marker to Emblem of Power. Advisor: Katherine Welch

Cheryl Korte, Plychromed Quattrocento Sculpture in Florence. Advisor: Colin T. Eisler

Jonathan Lackman, Art-Critical Invective in Paris: 1844-1876. Advisor: Linda Nochlin

Heather McCarthy, Queenship, Cosmography, and Regeneration: The Decorative Programs and Architecture of Ramesside Royal Women’s Tombs. Advisor: David O’Connor

Kathryn Moore, Italian Copies of Holy Land Architecture: The Illustrated Versions of Niccolò da Poggibonsi’s Libro d’Oltramare

Heather Turnbow, Sacrophagi and Funerary Display in Roman Aphrodisias. Advisor: Katherine Welch.

Jessica Veith, Memorializing the Past: Jan de Bray and the Construction of Identity in Seventeenth-Century Haarlem. Advisor: Mariët Westermann


Marta Ameri, Sealing at the Edge of the third Millennium Middle Asian Interaction Spheres: The View from Gilund, Rajasthan, India. Advisor: Colin T. Eisler

Jamieson Donati, Towards an Agora: The Spatial and Architectural Development of Greek Commercial and Civic Space in the Peloponnese. Advisor: Clemente Marconi

Lindsay Harris, Picturing the ‘Primitive’: Photography, Architecture, and the Construction of Italian Modernism, 1911-1936. Advisor: Jean-Louis Cohen

Heather Horton, Authority and Innovation in Alberti’s Theory and Practice. Advisor: Marvin L. Trachtenberg

Anne Hrychuk, From Fornix to Arcus: The Origins, Development and Imperial Transformation of the Freestanding Roman Arch (196 BCE to 54 CE). Advisors: Katherine Welch and Priscilla Soucek

Lorraine Karafel, Raphael’s all’antica Tapestries for Pope Leo X: Art, Culture, and Politics in Early Sixteenth-Century Rome. Advisor: Colin T. Eisler

Abigail McEwen, The Practice and Politics of Cuban Abstraction, c. 1952-1963. Advisor: Edward J. Sullivan

Margaret Samu, The Female Nude in Nineteenth-Century Russian Art: A Study in Assimilation and Resistance. Advisor: Linda Nochlin

Eve Straussman-Pflanzer, Felsine Pittrici: The Women Artists of Early Modern Bologna. Advisor: Linda Nochlin

Lori Waxman, A Few Steps towards a Revolution of Everyday Life: Walking with the Surrealists, the Situationist International, and Fluxus. Advisor: Thomas Crow

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