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Advisor: Costello, Leo

Allison Springer received a bachelor’s degree in Apparel Design and a master's degree in art history from the University of Alabama. During her time at Rice, Allison has served as the 2018-19 Jameson Fellow at the Bayou Bend Collection with the MFAH, the Art History Faculty-Graduate Student liaison, Humanities representative and ombudsperson for the Graduate Honors Council, HGSA Treasurer, and GSA Director of Teaching Development. Her dissertation will expand on her master’s thesis, “Mixed-Race Fantasies: Abolitionist Propaganda as Spectacles of Race in the Nineteenth Century,” which focuses on the ways nineteenth-century American photography revealed latent ideologies and fantasies concerning race and sexuality. Her current interests include nineteenth-century European and American art and the transatlantic commonalities of visual culture between them, specifically in the context of social and cultural history as it pertains to changing social ideals, technological advances, and the development of modernism.

Research Areas

Major: Nineteenth-Century American and European Art; Minor: Early-Twentieth-Century Art


BA, University of Alabama, Apparel Design

MA, University of Alabama, Marketing

MA, University of Alabama, Art History

Honors & Awards

Brown Foundation Research Assistantship (Fall 2020)

Jameson Fellowship (2018-19)

Summer Research Award, 2018


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