Dr. de Stecher's research engages with American art, in integrated histories of visual culture production. Her areas of expertise include critical museology and material culture studies. Her current research takes a fresh look at 18C trade silver and the intertwined narratives of Indigenous-settler engagement they contain, a project to decolonize colonial archives and center Indigenous voice. Her latest project explores women's histories of the 17th and 18th centuries in the northeastern US and Canada, through study of convent textiles.
Critical museology and museum studies, material culture studies, Indigenous art histories, materiality, decolonizing and settler colonialism theories and methodologies, women's histories, Canadian art history, gender studies, Indigenous diplomatic histories
ARTH 1300 - History of World Art 1
Surveys major art styles from the Paleolithic period through the Renaissance, including European, Asian, and the Pre-Columbian/Islamic world. Emphasizes comparison of Western and non-Western visual expressions as evidence of differing cultural orientations.
ARTH 1400 - History of World Art 2
Spring 2019 / Fall 2019
Surveys major art styles from about 1600 to the present, including Europe, Asia, the Islamic world, the Americas and Africa. Emphasizes comparison of Western and non-Western visual expressions as evidence of differing cultural orientations.
ARTH 4919 - Capstone Seminar: Topics in Art History
Fall 2018 / Fall 2019 / Spring 2020
Seminar course dealing with selected areas or problems within the history of art. Consult current online Schedule Planner for seminar topic. May be repeated up to 7 total credit hours.
ARTH 6929 - Seminar: Theories of Art History
Provides a systematic critical overview of the development of art history as a discipline beginning with 18th century theories of aesthetics and ending with current interdisciplinary models of critical interpretation. Weekly readings, discussions, reports, and written papers constitute the format of this seminar in methodology. Topics vary from semester to semester. May be repeated up to 6 total credit hours within a term. Required for MA (art history) students.