|Research Area: Early Modern Art
Advisor: Dr. Stephanie Leitch
Dissertation Title: “Measuring the Heavens: Printed Instruments, Illustrations, and the Construction of Cosmography in Early Modern Germany.”Alexandra Challenger studies the art and visual culture of early modern Europe (1400-1600) with an emphasis on Germany. She is currently focusing on the emergence of printed images within the context of scientific publishing and the contributions of artists to the development of printing.Alexandra graduated with Honors in Art History from the University of Florida in 2010 and completed her MA at Florida State University. As a PhD student she received an award from the Verband der Deutsch-Amerikanischen Clubs to study at Ludwig Maximilian University in Munich during the 2017-2018 academic year as well as a grant from the Herzog August Bibliothek for study in Wolfenbüttel, Germany (Fall 2018). She is a recipient of the Friends of Art History Dissertation Research Award and the Office of Graduate Studies Research Grant (Summer 2016). She also received the Helen J. Beard Conference Travel Grant to present her research on illustrated cosmography texts at the interdisciplinary conference Knowing Nature in the Medieval and Early Modern Worlds (University of Maryland, 2014).