New CAS Faculty
Assistant Professor of Art and Art History
Makeda Best, Assistant Professor of Art and Art History, earned her B.A. from Barnard College in 1997. At the California Institute of the Arts, she earned her B.F.A. (2000) and M.F.A. (2002) in photography. In 2010, she completed her Ph.D. in the History of Art and Architecture at Harvard University. She has been a graduate fellow at the San Francisco Museum of Modern Art and at the Smithsonian American Art Museum. Most recently, she completed a postdoctoral fellowship co-sponsored by The Phillips Collection and George Washington University.
Makeda's research focus is the history of photography, with a particular focus on nineteenth-century photography. Her interests include documentary photography, war photography, and text and image. She is currently at work on a book manuscript based on her dissertation on the Scottish-born Civil War era photographer Alexander Gardner. In addition, she is co-curating an exhibition on Gardner for the National Portrait Gallery, which will open in October 2014. She will also co-author the accompanying catalog.
At UVM, Makeda is looking forward to teaching classes in the history of photography and nineteenth-century art.
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