Pia Gotschaller

Pia Gottschaller took a BA in art history at Ludwig-Maximilians-Universität in Munich and trained at The Courtauld Institute of Art to become a painting conservator (Dip 1997), then worked at the Harvard University Art Museums, Cambridge, and at The Menil Collection, Houston, where she participated in the conservation of the Rothko Chapel murals. She received her PhD in 2003 from Technische Universität Munich for a thesis on the artistic process of Blinky Palermo. Subsequently, she worked as Associate Conservator at the Whitney Museum of American Art in New York, followed by a Postdoc Research Fellowship at Bibliotheca Hertziana, Max-Planck-Institut für Kunstgeschichte in Rome, and the position of Assistant Fine Arts Director at German Academy Villa Massimo, Rome. Her research interests focus on issues of technical art history, in particular with regard to postwar and contemporary European and American artistic practices.


Research Forum Postdoctoral Fellow (Mellon M.A.), 2013-14


Sara Beth Levavy

Sara Beth Levavy

Sara Beth Levavy recently completed her Ph.D. in the Department of Art & Art History at Stanford University. Titled 'Immediate Mediation: A Narrative of the Newsreel and the Film', her thesis looks to the interwar newsreel as narrative and historical object. At The Courtauld, Levavy is teaching a BA3 Special Option course in autumn 2013 called The Spectacle of (Popular) Media. The course considers avant-garde art and media production between 1880 and 1960, exploring the ways in which photographers, filmmakers, the mass print media, and other fine artists experimented with the nature of medium. In 2006 Levavy published 'Land of Liberty in the World of Tomorrow' in Film History and from 2008-2010 worked on a project with the George Eastman House in Rochester, NY and the Cineteca del Friuli in Friuli, Italy to research the filmography of the Davide Turconi Film Frame Collection.

terra foundation for american art teaching fellow, 2013-15

Ellery Foutch

Ellery FoutchEllery recently completed a two-year Mellon fellowship at the Center for the Humanities, University of Wisconsin-Madison, where she also taught classes in the art history department (2011-2013). She received her PhD in the History of Art from the University of Pennsylvania in 2011 with a dissertation entitled 'Arresting Beauty: The Perfectionist Impulse of Peale’s Butterflies, Heade’s Hummingbirds, Blaschka’s Flowers, and Sandow’s Body'. Her research has been supported by grants and fellowships from the Wyeth Foundation, Smithsonian American Art Museum, Philadelphia Area Center for the History of Science, Andrew W. Mellon Foundation, and American Council of Learned Societies. She earned her MA from the Williams College Graduate Program in the History of Art and her BA in Art History from Wellesley College. She is currently working on a book manuscript focused on nineteenth-century ideas about perfection and its preservation and is a co-editor of the 'Object Lessons' column for the online journal Common-place. While at The Courtauld she is also teaching a BA3 Special Option course on art and natural history of the Americas, utilising London collections.



Iris Wien


Iris WienAfter studies in Architecture and Urban planning at the Technical University Stuttgart Iris Wien studied Art history, Philosophy and Sociology in Bonn, Bochum and Berlin. She received her PhD from the Freie Universität Berlin with a dissertation entitled Joshua Reynolds: Mythos und Metapher (Munich: Wilhelm Fink Verlag, 2009). She was predoctoral fellow of the Studienstiftung des Deutschen Volkes. Her work was also supported by research grants from the Freie Universität Berlin and the DAAD Bonn. From 2006 to 2012 she held a position as Assistant Professor at the Art Historical Department of the Johann Wolfgang Goethe Universität Frankfurt. She has published on British Art of the eighteenth and nineteenth century as well as on contemporary art and photography. Methodological issues of interpretation as addressed in „Ein Pop-Künstler als Medusa? Begegnung mit zwei Selbstbildnissen von Andy Warhol“, in: Wiener Jahrbuch für Kunstgeschichte, Bd. 59 (2011) are a special interest of her research. While at the Courtauld she is working on her project “The Elements of Drawing: Reflections on the status of graphic marks in visual theory in 19th-century England”. 


 Andrew W Mellon Foundation/ Research Forum Postdoctoral Fellow (Activities Coordinator) 2014

Michael Carter

Michael Carter Michael Carter recently completed his PhD at the Courtauld. The subject of his thesis was the art and architecture of the Cistercians in northern England in the late Middle Ages. His research challenges many assumptions about the perceived decline of the Cistercians in the late medieval period, showing the enduring vitality of the Order’s visual and material cultures. During his fellowship year, Michael will be editing his thesis for publication as a monograph, while also organising a public research programme focused on religious art and conflict. Michael has presented invited lectures to the British Archaeological Association and the Society of Antiquaries, and has also published articles in several peer-reviewed journals, including Church Monuments, The Antiquaries Journal and The Journal of Medieval Monastic Studies.