My research centers on Indian art, especially in the 18-20th centuries, during the colonial period—a fascinating time of drastic social, political, and economic transformations, all of which had a great impact on the art. In the two courses I teach on the subject ("Arts of Ancient India" and "Mughals to Modern") we not only look at sculpture, architecture, and painting, but we also watch Bollywood clips, listen to Indian music from across the centuries, and consider popular culture.


In my current project, I examine the visual culture of opium in British India, with attention to popular images, photography, and exhibitions of the production side of the drug.


When I'm not working, I'm gardening, cooking, knitting, or walking—always in motion!


Other courses I teach:

  • Global Arts: Contemporary Asian Art in a Transnational Age

  • Women | Art | History: Feminist Art in a Global Frame

  • Art & The Machine

  • Histories of Non-Western Photography

Hope Childers

Associate Professor 

*Notice: Hope Childers will be out on sabbatical through the fall semester 2020  

Meghen Jones

Division Chair and Associate Professor of Art History | Director of Global Studies

My work centers on the histories of ceramics, East Asian art, and modern craft theory in transnational perspective.  I recently co-edited the book Ceramics and Modernity in Japan (Routledge, 2019), and am currently curating an exhibition and editing a catalogue on the tea bowl as a global icon. 


My research has been supported by the Japan Foundation, the Sainsbury Institute for the Study of Japanese Arts and Cultures, the Fulbright Foundation and the Japanese Ministry of Education, among others.


Courses I teach include:


  • ARTH 126 Buddhist Arts of Asia

  • ARTH 128 Introduction to Material Culture

  • ARTH 300 Ceramics in Japan and Beyond

  • ARTH 300 History of Ceramics from the Late 19th Century to the Present

  • ARTH 300 History of Modern Design

  • ARTH 306 Arts of Japan

  • ARTH 307 East Asian Design & Material Culture

  • ARTH 436/536 Ceramic Art, Craft, and Design: Global Flows (graduate seminar)

  • ARTH 300 Anime to Zen: Contemporary Japanese Visual and Material Culture

Mary Drach McInnes 


I am a professor of art history with a focus on modern and contemporary sculpture; I teach at the School of Art and Design, Alfred University.  Over the past decade, I have broadened my pedagogical interests to embrace the specific realm of glass and ceramic art as well as the broader discourse in craft practice. My current course offerings include: “Silica:  Contemporary Glass and Ceramic Art,” “In, Of, and Around Contemporary Craft,” and, in concert with the 2016 Glass Art Society meeting in Corning,  “Glass in a New Light.”

My classroom advocacy for contemporary sculpture, craft, and craft-based practices has extended into my research and professional activities.  My abridged curriculum vitae (below) highlights a number of writings for exhibition catalogs on ceramics (and, recently, in glass), my oral histories conducted for the Smithsonian’s Laitman Documentation Project for American Craft, my ongoing editorial advising for the international, scholarly journal entitled Interpreting Ceramics, and my chairing of the first College Art Association (CAA) panel on contemporary ceramics.  

My engagement with materials—glass and ceramic—outside of the mainstream critical framework has been a critical element in my rethinking and revising of modern art history.  I seek to broaden the critical boundaries of these areas. My lectures are aimed at provoking the glass and ceramic communities to question their received history and to expand their references for contemporary art production.

  • Contemporary Projects in Art 

  • Glass in a New Light 

  • Picasso in Context 

  • Modern Art from the Periphery 

  • Viewing Sculpture 



James Hansen  Assistant Professor

James Hansen is the new Assistant Professor of Art History (Contemporary Art and New Media). His research focuses on the integration of anachronistic and obsolescent technologies in artistic practice, particularly in the moving image and time-based media. He received his PhD in History of Art from The Ohio State University and has an MA in Film Studies from Columbia University. He is currently revising his book manuscript Ages of Anachronism: Cinema Artists and Consumer Electronics Against Obsolescence and is beginning research for an article on the incorporation of karaoke in experimental film and artists' cinema. He also hopes to start a 16mm microcinema and plans to return to experimental video production if his VHS camera still works. 


  • 20th Century Art

  • Issues and Debates in Contemporary Art

  • Global Contemporary Art Since 1989

  • Video Art

  • Electronic/Expanded Media (seminar)

Jennifer Lyons

Visiting Assistant Professor

Art History

My research focuses on medieval art, with an emphasis on sculpture, stained glass, and illuminated manuscripts produced in France and England during the period spanning the twelfth through the fourteenth centuries. I am currently working on a book project, titled, The Virgin Mary and the Medieval Art of Penance, which investigates the role of the Virgin Mary in the visual history of penance in medieval France between 1000-1350. A future project, with ties to collections near Alfred University, investigates the Corning Museum's collection of lampworked-glass portable shrines produced in Nevers during the Baroque period. My research has been supported by the Samuel H. Kress Foundation and the Medieval Academy of America.

My current book project considers how devotional statues of the Virgin were portrayed in stained glass windows and illuminated manuscripts as didactic tools as penance developed from a private into a public institution at the turn of the thirteenth century. If you look closely, you can see traces of the paint that would have illuminated these statues of the Virgin and Child, both carved from walnut in Auvergne, France during the twelfth century. The statue on the left is housed by the Metropolitan Museum of Art, while the one on the right is part of the Cloisters Collection. They were recently reunited as part of the MET Cloister's exhibition Heavenly Bodies: Fashion and the Catholic Imagination.


ARTH 120: Islamic Art and Architecture

ARTH 133: Renaissance and Baroque Art and Architecture

ARTH 136: The Role of the Medieval Image

ARTH 300: Gender and Identity in Medieval and Renaissance Art

ARTH 322: Medieval Art and Architecture

ARTH 333: Baroque Art and Architecture

Gerar Edizel 

On sabbatical through fall semester 2020

Gerar Edizel received his Ph.D. and M.A. degrees from Cornell University, and his MFA from Southern Illinois University. In addition to his administrative work at Alfred University, he has taught courses in the history of Contemporary and New Media art at Alfred University. Additionally, he has directed the conference Electronic Intersections, editing and publishing its proceedings in a bilingual catalog under the aegis of the Institute for Electronic Arts. Gerar has served as the Interim Dean of the School for the past two years, and has just been appointed as the Dean of the School of Art and Design, starting with the 2017-18 school year. Edizel is responsible for advancing the national and international reputation of Alfred University’s School of Art and Design and has great plans to come. 

A few of Gerar's accomplishments as Dean include:

  • Increased enrollment in SOAD

  • Launched  the University’s MFA program in painting in Dusseldorf, Germany

  • Increase in fundraising for the SOAD

  • supervised a significant expansion of the School’s Summer Arts Workshops

To see more information about the Art & Design/ Art History Faculty, visit the Faculty Profile page on Alfred University's official website. 


At least, this is an image of my ideal self, sitting and reading on the beach in California--I am a native San Franciscan. It turns out that I am the one always behind the camera—so, if you wish to see me, come to Binns-Merrill B-30, just down the hall from Moka Joka. You’ll find me there Wednesday afternoons and many other times. By the way, this is a detail of a painting by the fabulous postwar artist, Richard Diebenkorn. I am reading about his Berkeley work at the moment.