Graduate Students


Krystal Marsh
I came to Pitt after earning my MA in Shakespeare Studies from King’s College London and my BA in English and Writing from Ithaca College. My research is grounded in early modern drama and women’s writing. I am particularly interested in cosmetics, space, and how the body “performs” morality. 

                        Briana Wipf
                        Information coming soon.

History of Art and Architecture

Jacob Eisensmith
Jacob specializes in early modern Italian art, with a focus on painting and visual culture. His recent work has examined the relationship of textiles, their depiction in paintings, and sumptuary laws in fourteenth and fifteenth century Northern Italy. His research interests include materiality, the politics of urban space, reception, and cultural contact between Italy and the larger Mediterranean.

Andrea Kibler Maxwell
Andrea joined the History of Art and Architecture Department in 2015 with a background in both art history and clinical psychology.  Her interests focus on Italian Renaissance art, examining the patronage and propaganda of church art.  For her MA thesis, Andrea examined the relationship between Biblical hermeneutics, medieval sermons, and the Brancacci Chapel in Florence.

Sarah Reiff Conell
Sarah came to the History of Art and Architecture Department in 2015. Her primary areas of interest are late medieval and early modern cultic practice, focusing on agency and visual knowledge in German speaking areas. She has explored these topics in a variety of ways, including a project in which she digitally mapped churches and chapels built for the veneration of Holy Blood relics. In her MA thesis, Sarah unpacked topics associated with printmaking and the distribution of knowledge and belief centered around the Schöne Maria of Regensburg.  Exploration of printed images and their textual companions emerging in sixteenth century cults continues to fuel her passion for this multifaceted category of visual culture.

Allison McCann
Allison is a student of medieval art. Her dissertation concerns a group of fourteenth-century Bohemian illuminated manuscripts made at the apogee of female mystical devotion in Western Europe. By engaging the perennial art historical discussions surrounding gender and art patronage, she explores how the pictorial programs of these manuscripts envisioned the agency of their female owners and donors and the ways that larger institutional bodies impinged upon and benefited from these women’s devotional practices.

Jacqueline Lombard
Jackie Lombard joined the department in 2015 after completing her BA in Studio Art at Carleton College, where she also graduated with a minor in Medieval and Renaissance Studies. She specializes in medieval art history, with a particular focus on the history of art objects as products or conduits of cross-cultural exchange between the empires and kingdoms of Medieval Europe, the Middle East, and Northern and Eastern Africa. Her research explores pre-modern conceptions of ethnic and racial identity, and seeks to understand how medieval peoples articulated and understood their own identities and spaces within a global network through artistic production.

French and Italian

Matthew Blair
A&S GSO Representative
Originally from the South, Matthew (Matt) Blair received his BA at the University of Tennessee in 2016 as a double major in French and History, specializing in Medieval and Renaissance studies. He is now at Pitt working toward a PhD with an MA en route in French Literature. His research interests include Medieval Studies and Gender and Sexuality Studies. When he isn't studying, Matt likes to cook, read, watch films and explore new places around Pittsburgh.