Assistant Professor of Art
Michelle M. Duran received her B.A. in History from the University of California, Berkeley and her masters and doctoral degrees in Art History from the University of California, Santa Barbara. Her primary research interests are gender and identity construction in late-medieval Italian art. Her secondary specialty is modern Mexican painting and popular arts, and she has constructed and curated several altar exhibitions for Día de los Muertos in both the museum setting and as part of community celebrations.
She is the recipient of several research grants & fellowships, including a National Endowment for the Humanities summer stipend at Darwin College, Cambridge University, U.K. (2006). Her publications include Pilgrims and Portals in Late-Medieval Siena (2008) and The Politics of Art: Imaging Sovereignty in the Anjou Bible (2010), the latter of which was a multi-year endeavor done in conjunction with the Royal Institute for Cultural Heritage in Brussels and the Centre for the Study of Medieval Art in Leuven (Belgium). Her current book project investigates the ideological motives and processes behind the imaging of authority in Angevin Naples during the reign of Giovanna I (1343-1382), focusing on the portraits and iconography that appear in the illuminated manuscripts Giovanna commissioned and owned.