This fall, Alex Brey, Ph.D. '18, will start a new job as an assistant professor of Islamic art at Wellesley College.
Since completing his Ph.D., Alex has been working at the Center for Advanced Study in the Visual Arts, a research center for art historians at the National Gallery of Art in Washington, D.C. His position focused on creating a digital reference tool about the history of landscape design, which will serve historians as well as practicing landscape architects once it is complete.
He has also been working on a collaborative research project with fellow Bryn Mawr alum Maeve Doyle, Ph.D. '15. The pair was recently selected to participate in a two-year workshop about network analysis and digital art history funded by the Getty Foundation.
Below, Alex talks about how his experience in the Bryn Mawr Ph.D. program prepared him for what has followed:
"Through classes and the mentorship of my dissertation adviser Professor Alicia Walker, I became proficient in research and writing, which allows me to compile and communicate information on new topics quickly and clearly. Since I work with digital resources, methods, and publication tools, the perspectives that I gained as a graduate assistant in the Digital Scholarship program help me on a daily basis.
"As I look forward to my new job, I am grateful for Professor Alison Cook-Sather's pedagogy workshops. She invited participants to question our assumptions about learning and empowered us to explore new approaches to teaching. Perhaps most importantly, Bryn Mawr taught me how to participate in and contribute to a community of thinkers. Whether in the classroom or in other settings, such as the weekly colloquia organized by the Center for Visual Culture, the faculty, staff, and students at Bryn Mawr were constantly modeling curiosity, critical thinking, and collegiality."
The Graduate School of Arts and Sciences currently accepts students into Ph.D. programs in Chemistry; Classical and Near Eastern Archaeology; Greek, Latin, and Classical Studies; History of Art; Mathematics; and Physics.