Research Area: Ibero-Atlantic Arts and Visual Culture
Advisor: Dr. Paul Niell
Dissertation Title: “Painting the Miracles of Altagracia: Art, Piety, and Memory in Hispaniola (1751-1795)”
Jennifer Baez specializes in the arts and visual culture of the early modern Ibero-Atlantic and Afro-Caribbean world (c.1500-1800). Her dissertation explores miracle-making and the engagement of collective memory in eighteenth-century Hispaniola. She examines a series of cycles painted for the Virgin of Altagracia of rural Higüey to identify intersections between Marian piety, artistic practice, and the development of creole origin stories during the age of the Hispanic Enlightenment.
Jennifer received her MA in art history from the University of Arizona in Tucson. As a Patricia Rose Doctoral Fellow at Florida State University, Jennifer taught the Arts of Africa and The Museum Object courses. Her grants and fellowships include the International Dissertation Semester Research Fellowship from The Graduate School at FSU, to conduct research at the Archivo General de Indias in Seville, the Mason Dissertation Research Award, Helen J. Beard Conference Travel Grants, and a Carl & Marilynn Thoma Foundation Travel Award to conduct dissertation research at the Diocesan Archives in Santo Domingo, Dominican Republic. She participated in the 6th Mellon/Center for Curatorial Leadership Foundation Seminar. She serves in the executive board of the Diversity and Inclusion in Teaching and Research Organization at FSU (2020-2021).