|Research Area: Visual Cultures of the Americas; Ancient, Colonial, and Contemporary Mexico
Advisors: Dr. Michael Carrasco and Dr. Paul Niell
Sheila Scoville is a doctoral student and a Patricia Rose Fellow in the art history department at Florida State University. She studies the Indigenous sources of Latin American culture in the United States and abroad, focusing on the representation of Mesoamerican culinary traditions. The scope of Sheila’s work traverses the geography and history of the Americas to connect different regions and to relate antiquity to the present. Her master’s thesis, a study of the tortilla in images from colonial Mexico and the contemporary Southwestern US, will be shared as an article in a special issue of Quaderni Culturali IILA and a conference paper in Materializing Race. She is also publishing “Nahua Cyborgs: The Contemporary Codices of Rurru Mipanochia” in a collection of the papers that would have been presented at the international seminar “Against the canon: Art, feminism(s) and activisms” in Brazil during spring 2020.
Sheila holds an MA in Art History from the University of Houston and a BA in English from Rollins College. During her tenure at UH, she was the assistant art editor of Gulf Coast: A Journal of Literature and Fine Arts. Before pursuing advanced degrees in art history, Sheila worked for various academic publishers, including the journals department of the University of Texas Press, the publishers of Cell Cycle and The Astrophysical Journal Letters, and the textbook company Houghton Mifflin Harcourt.