Art History alumna Kristi Peterson (PhD 2017) has joined the faculty at Skidmore College in Saratoga Springs, NY, as Visiting Assistant Professor of Art History for the 2017-2018 academic year. Kristi is excited to teach classes on the visual cultures of the Americas, the art and culture of Pre-Columbian Mesoamerica, and European depictions of Native American rituals. In the spring her teaching will expand to include courses on global modernisms as well as Latin American film.
While at FSU, Kristi was the recipient of many teaching opportunities, which she credits for her preparation to face the challenges of working at a private liberal-arts college. She is particularly excited to join an art history program that stresses innovative pedagogy and robust scholarship. Kristi is continuing her research into Aztec sacred images and their usage in crafting narratives of place and identity. She will be giving a public talk on this topic in February as part of the Skidmore Art History Department’s ongoing lecture series. She is currently preparing an article that explores Early Modern prints of Pre-Columbian deities and their sculptures, as well as a proposal for a book-length project that expands on research begun for her dissertation, Consumption and Construction: Devotional Images and the Place of Empire in Postclassic Mexico, 1325-1521.