Ana Gabriela Rodríguez

PhD student

Thesis: Tracing Puerto Rican Graphic Arts: Bridging Workshops and Crossing Borders, 1940s-1970s

My thesis focuses on the work of Puerto Rican graphic artists from the 1940s to 1970s. This period was not only marked by profound political transitions but also, by the return of young artists who having studied abroad would closely work together to form the ‘Generación del 50.’ The research considers how their varying cross-cultural experiences, particularly in the United States and Mexico during and after the Great Depression, contributed to their work and commitment to the larger social-political issues and discourses of the period.

Supervised by Dr. Klara Kemp Welch

Advisor: Dr. Esther Chadwick


• The Courtauld Institute of Art, PhD Candidate (2018-present)
• Université Paris I Panthéon-Sorbonne, MA
• Brown University, BA

Teaching & Recent Grants

  • 2020-2021 Smithsonian American Art Museum Predoctoral Fellow in Latinx Art, awarded 2021-2022 Covid-19 fellowship extension
  • Terra Foundation for American Art Research Travel Grant, 2021-2022
  • Guest Speaker, Intro to Modern Latin American Art, April 2021, Fordham University
  • Teaching Assistant, Foundations (BA1), Spring Term 2020, The Courtauld Institute of Art

Research interests

  • Postwar Art
  • Latin American and Latinx Art
  • American Art
  • Graphic Arts
  • National identity
  • Global intersections