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Dr. Stephen Mandravelis

Assistant Professor, Art History

PH.D., University of North Carolina at Chapel Hill, 2018
Stephen Mandravelis joined the faculty of UTC in 2018 after completing his PhD in the art and material culture of nineteenth-century United States at the University of North Carolina, Chapel Hill. While finishing his PhD, he taught art and design history at the Corcoran School of the Arts and Design and George Washington University, and held positions at the Brooklyn Museum of Art, New York Public Library, and Zimmerli Art Museum. His research has been supported by institutions such as the Royster Society of Fellows and the Andrew W. Mellon Foundation, and his writing has appeared in Nineteenth-Century American History; Southern Things: A Place, Its People, and Its Things; and Not About Face: Identity and Appearance, Past and Present.
My research focuses on the interaction of art and everyday life, specifically how vernacular objects helped shape ideas of popular taste, geopolitical standing, and self-identity in the long nineteenth-century. By complicating the definition of “art” and exploring challenges to traditional artistic hierarchies, my research privileges voices often overlooked in historical narratives, and highlights how non-elite consumers optically and physically engaged with their material surroundings, both in the past and today. My methods are interdisciplinary, drawing from social history, phenomenology, and big data digital analysis. Secondary areas of interest include eighteenth-century European art, critical and material culture theory, the history of the printing press and mechanical technologies, and the digital humanities.
Degree Programs
BFA Studio,BA Art Education,BA Studio Art,BA Art History,General Education

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