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Pre-Columbian Art
Dissertations in Progress by Subject, 2005

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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, M. Beyersdorff)

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

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

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)

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. Quiñones-Keber)

Hernandez, Orlando, “Angels in the Americas: Paintings of Apocryphal Angels in Spain and the American Viceroyalties” (CUNY, E. Quiñones-Keber)

Jones, Kimberly Lynn, “The ‘Fine River’: Ritual Canals in Ancient Peru” (UT Austin, S. Bourget)

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

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

Machado, John Louis, Jr., “The Murals of Las Higueras, Vera Cruz, Mexico” (UT Austin, J. Guernsey)

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

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

Nieves, Ana Cecilia, “Between the River and the Pampa: A Contextual Approach to the Rock Art of the Nasca Valley” (Grande River System, Department of Ica, Peru; UT Austin, S. Bourget, T. Grieder)

Phillips, Ruth Anne, “Pre-Columbian Appropriation: Ancient American Influence in U.S. Architecture, 1910–1940” (CUNY, J. Sund)

Pope, Elizabeth Irene, “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)

Rochaix, Fernando, “Prestige and Power: Darien Pendants from Ancient Colombia, Panama and Costa Rica” (UT Austin, S. Bourget)

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

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

Steinbach, Penny Janice, “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 Chicanná and the Central Yucatán” (Yale, M. Miller)

Werness, Maline Diane, “Chocholá Style Ceramics” (UT Austin, D. Stuart)

Wiersema, Juliet, “Moche Architectural Vessels: Representing Architecture in Pre-Hispanic Peru” (Maryland, College Park, J. Pillsbury)

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