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Michelle Moseley

Associate Professor
  • Chair, Material Culture MFA program

Michelle Moseley (Moseley-Christian) is currently the chair of the Art History program, and co-Director of the MA Program in Material Culture and Public Humanities. Current research projects focus on female collectors and collections from the Early Modern Netherlands. Other research interests are print culture and the “Wild Woman” topos in Early Modern visual culture, as well as labor, class, and economy in Early Modern Dutch portraiture. She has published on Rembrandt's prints, Dutch genre-portraiture, Northern European materiality and print culture, as well as 17th and 18th-century Dutch female collectors and material culture.

17th & 18th-century Netherlands, arts of Early Modern Northern Europe & Italy, Early Modern prints & material culture, gender & collecting

ART 1334 Themes in Arts & Visual Culture (co-taught with Dr. Ann-Marie Knoblauch)
ART 2386 Survey of the History of Western Art History II: Renaissance to Contemporary
ART 3024 History of Global Print Culture
ART 3044 Art & Architecture of India
ART 3054 Islamic Art & Architecture
ART 3064 Arts of China & Japan
ART 3284 Medieval Art & Architecture
ART 3384 Renaissance Art & Architecture
ART 3484 Baroque Art & Architecture
ART 3094 Early Modern Global Visual Culture
ART 4284 Museum Ethics
ART 4384 Special Topics (recent courses: Japanese Prints; Introduction to Museum Studies; Monsters & Marvels; Material Culture & the Body)

Selected recent highlights:
At Home in the Early Modern Dutch Dollhouse: Gender, Materiality, and Collecting in the Seventeenth-and Eighteenth-century (under contract with Amsterdam University Press for 2024)

“Hybridity, Media, and Source Material in Visual Representations of the Wild Woman: Transitions from Hand-Copied Manuscripts to Hand-Press Prints,” in Hybridity in Late Medieval and Early Modern Art, co-edited by Ashley Elston and Madeline Rislow (Routledge, 2022).

Co-editor and contributor with Carlee Bradbury on an edited volume of essays: Gender and Otherness in Medieval and Early Modern Art. Essay contribution: “Embodying Gluttony as Women’s Wildness: Rembrandt’s Naked Woman Seated on a Mound, c. 1631.” (New York: Palgrave, 2017) 179-209.

Research Fellowship (in residence), University of Oxford Bodelian Libraries, UK Scaliger Institute Research Fellow (in residence), Leiden University, Netherlands First recipient of the William R. Levin Award for Research in the History of Art (Southeastern College Art Conference) Awarded Best Scholarly Article award from the Society for the Study of Early Modern Women for the article: "From Page to Print: The Transformation of the “Wild Woman” in Early Modern Northern Engravings” Word & Image: A Journal of Verbal/Visual Enquiry v. 27 no. 4 (2011): 429-42. National Distinction Award in Scholarship, Virginia Tech University Teaching Excellence Award, Virginia Tech


PhD with Honors, Art History, University of Kansas