Faculty

Associate Professor of Art History
Steering Committee Member
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Leo Costello teaches eighteenth and nineteenth century European painting, with a focus on Marxist theories and ideas of social justice. Before coming to Rice he also worked for 2 years at the Museum of Fine Arts, Houston and is interested in how how display and institutional discourse affects the production and viewing of art objects.

Assistant Professor of Art History
Steering Committee Member
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Adopting a transnational and interdisciplinary perspective, Fabiola López-Durán’s research and teaching focuses on the history and theory of modern and contemporary European and Latin American art and architecture.

Associate Professor
Steering Committee Member
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As an archaeologist of Africa, Fleisher's past research has focused on two distinct, but related issues: the role of rural and non-elite populations in the political economy of small-scale complex societies, and the way that people use material culture and space in the establishment and maintenance of social inequality and power. 

Lecturer, Program in Writing and Communication and Visual and Dramatic Arts (VADA)
Affiliated Faculty
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As a visual artist, Fuqua is interested in the origins of museum collections, how those objects have been used in modes of display, and how education of the public happens through exhibition design.

Gus Wortham Assistant Professor
Steering Committee Member
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Reto Geiser is a designer and scholar of modern architecture with a focus on the intersections between architecture, pedagogy, and media. He is teaches architectural history, theory, and design.

Associate Professor of History
Steering Committee Member
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Dr. McDaniel is an historian of slavery, abolitionism, transatlantic reform, and the nineteenth-century United States.

Herbert S. Autrey Professor of Anthropology
Steering Committee Member
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Because of the growing problem of looting of terracotta statuettes from Middle Niger sites, Dr. McIntosh became involved in issues of archaeological heritage and cultural property and has published and lectured widely on these topics.

Associate Professor of Art History
Steering Committee Member
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Dr. Neagley's research interests include late gothic architecture of northern Europe, late medieval urban planning, vision and visuality in the Middle Ages, and medieval pictorial narrative and space. She is the author of Disciplined Exuberance.

Associate Professor of History
Director of Steering Committee
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Dr. Ward’s major areas of research include museums and public history in South African and in world history, imperialism and colonialism, forced migration in the Indian Ocean, transnationalism and oceanic history, comparative slavery and modern human trafficking.