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Sheila Scoville

Published August 18, 2020


Research Area: Visual Cultures of the Americas; Ancient, Colonial, and Contemporary Mexico
Advisors: Dr. Michael Carrasco and Dr. Paul Niell
Dissertation title: “Full of Sweet Magueys: Visualizing Agave–Human Symbiosis in Colonial Nahua Manuscripts.”
Sheila Scoville is a doctoral candidate and a Patricia Rose Fellow in the Department of Art History at Florida State University, where she studies Mesoamerican ecological knowledge in visual and material culture from the pre-Hispanic and colonial eras to the present day. Sheila holds an MA in Art History from the University of Houston and a BA in English from Rollins College. She is a 2023–24 short-term research fellow at the Huntington Library and the John Carter Brown Library, and a 2022 Plant Humanities Summer Fellow at Dumbarton Oaks.

Sheila is the doctoral recipient of the 2022 I. N. Winbury Essay Award, the 2021 Emerging Scholars in Object-Based Learning Award from the Museum of Fine Arts, Houston, the Adelaide D. Wilson Graduate Fellowship Endowment Fund, and a Foreign Language Area Studies Fellowship to enter the University of Utah’s summer Nahuatl Language and Culture Program in 2021. She has presented at conferences and symposia hosted by the Association for the Study of Food and Society, Midwest Art History Society, University of California, Santa Barbara, Florida State University, and the Materializing Race initiative. Sheila’s publications include the articles “Tortilleras in space and time: A Mesoamerican staple in colonial and contemporary art” and “Nahua cyborgs: The contemporary codices of Rurru Mipanochia.” During her tenure at the University of Houston, she was the assistant art editor of Gulf Coast: A Journal of Literature and Fine Arts.