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Pre-Columbian Art
Dissertations in Progress by Subject, 2004

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Banks, Joyce Lynn, “Attire and Accouterment as Signifiers of Meaning: an Iconographic Analysis of Jama-Coaque Figurative Sculptures” (UT Austin, S. Bourget)

Barnes, William, “Icons of Empire: The Art and History of Aztec Royal Presentation” (Tulane, E. Boone)

Bernatz, Michele, “The Concept of Divinity in Maya Art: Defining God L” (UT Austin, J. Guernsey, N. Grube)

Bradley, Robert, “The Architecture of Kuelap” (Columbia, E. Pasztory)

Brannen, Laura, “Two Millennia of Powerful Women in the Art of Ancient Costa Rica and Nicaragua: Greater Nicoyan Ceramic Effigies c. 500 BCE–1500 CE” (Emory, R. Stone-Miller)

Brittenham, Claudia, “The Cacaxtla Paintings” (Yale, M. Miller)

Carrasco, Michael, “Of How They Appeased the Hearts of Their Gods: Art, Ritual, and Divinity in Two Classic Maya Polities” (UT Austin, J. Guernsey, D. Stuart)

Cash, Cristin, “Teotihuacan Symbolism in Classic Maya Art” (UT Austin, J. Guernsey)

Desai, Prajna, “The Body of History: Constructing Palenque’s Palace, AD 654–783” (Yale, M. Miller)

Frassani, Alessia, “Art and Identity in Colonial Oaxaca: Dominicans, Spaniards, and the Mixtecs at the Convento of Yanhuitlan” (CUNY, E. Quinones-Keber)

Hurt, Lee Anne, “Iconography of Posture in Inca Ritual Space: Machu Pichu” (Virginia Commonwealth, J. Farmer)

Jordan, Keith, “Stone Trees Transplanted? Central Mexican Stelae and the Question of Maya Influence” (CUNY, E. Quinones-Keber)

Just, Bryan, “The Social Discourse of Style: Ninth-Century Maya Sculpture of the Upper Pasion Region” (Tulane, E. Boone)

Matusik, Taryn, “The Image Breakers: Sculptural Mutilation Among the Olmec and Maya” (Columbia, E. Pasztory)

Morán, Elizabeth, “The Sacred as Everyday: Food and Ritual in Aztec Art” (CUNY, E. Quinones-Keber)

Nieves, Ana, “Symbols and Meaning in Nasca Art: Interpretations of South Coast Iconography in the Context of Andean Mythology and Ethnography” (UT Austin, S. Bourget)

O’Neil, Megan, “Making Visible History: Picturing the Past in Ancient Maya Sculpture” (Yale, M. Miller)

Pope, Elizabeth, “Mythologically Significant Structures in the Aztec, Maya and Mixtec: The Manifestation of Sacred Time and Space” (UT Austin, J. Guernsey)

Robb, Matthew, “The Construction of Civic Identity at Teotihuacan” (Yale, M. Miller)

Spencer, Kaylee, “Towards an Understanding of Elite Late Classic Maya Representation at Palenque, Mexico” (UT Austin, J. Guernsey)

Stanfield-Mazzi, Maya, “The Replication of Miraculous Statues in Colonial Peru: The Virgin of Pomata and Christ of the Earthquakes” (UCLA, C. Klein)

Steinbach, Penny, “Sacrificing the Jaguar Baby: Understanding a Classic Maya Myth On Codex-Style Ceramics” (UT Austin, D. Stuart, J. Guernsey)

Terry, James, “Signifying Architecture: Maya Architecture of Chicanno and the Central Yucatán” (Yale, M. Miller)

Winn, Paula, “Ecuador Effigy Mortars: Ritual and Tradition in Ancient Andean Sculpture” (Virginia Commonwealth, J. Farmer)