Katherine Calvin is an art historian who specializes in eighteenth-century visual culture and exchange in Europe with an emphasis on the Mediterranean world. Her current research examines Western European representations of antiquities and ruins from the Ottoman Empire, including sites such as Palmyra, Mosul, and Athens. Feminist and critical race theory are central to her analysis of how early modern paintings, prints, and illustrated travel literature constructed cultural difference and influenced the excavation and exhibition of antiquities.
Calvin completed her B.A. in art history and English literature at Vanderbilt University in 2013 and her M.A. in art history at the University of North Carolina at Chapel Hill in 2015. She will graduate with her Ph.D. in art history from the University of North Carolina at Chapel Hill in May 2020. Her research has been supported by fellowships from the UCLA Center for 17th & 18th Century Studies, the William Andrews Clark Library, and the Lewis Walpole Library at Yale University. Her courses survey a broad range of topics in early modern art including travel, imperialism, women artists, and revolution.