|Research Area: Colonial Caribbean and the African Diaspora
Advisor: Dr. Paul Niell
Dissertation Title: “Painting the Miracles of Altagracia: Art, Piety, and Society in Late Colonial Hispaniola”
Jennifer Baez specializes in art and architecture from the Spanish colonies in the Caribbean, with a focus on popular religiosity and transcultural religious aesthetics. Her work examines the entangled histories of trade and pilgrimage in the Caribbean basin to trace artistic exchange, object migrations, and the formation of Antillean aesthetic vocabularies. Her dissertation explores art and artifacts made for the cult of the Virgin of Altagracia and their role in forging political, religious, and artistic subjecthoods in Bourbon-era Hispaniola.Jennifer received her MA in Art History from the University of Arizona in Tucson, where she completed her thesis on the 1955 World’s Fair in Santo Domingo. The thesis examined how the Trujillo regime projected notions of national identity and modernity through a program of walks, parades, and exhibits that (re)presented the country’s colonial architectural ruins.
As a Patricia Rose Doctoral Fellow at FSU, Jennifer has taught the art history survey, Arts of Africa, and The Museum Object. She is a recipient of the International Dissertation Semester Research Fellowship from The Graduate School and the Mason Dissertation Research Award from the Department of Art History.