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Dr Debra Strickland

Dr Debra Strickland

Senior Lecturer in History of Art



MA, MPhil, PhD (History of Art), Columbia University
MA (Anthropology), Columbia University
BM (Music), University of Colorado, Boulder

Research and Teaching Interests

Medieval and northern Renaissance art, especially in illuminated manuscripts and early printed books; monsters, bestiaries, and the painting of Hieronymus Bosch.

I am concerned primarily with the foundational presence of non-humans and non-Christians in medieval and early modern visual cultures, with special methodological interests in monster theory and text-image analysis. I welcome PhD thesis topics on any of my research areas, especially those focused on medieval illuminated manuscripts, early printed books, broadsides and early modern painting.
My first publication, ‘Transplanted Medicine: Colonial Mexican Herbals of the Sixteenth Century’, Res 17/18 (1989), pp. 30-53, won the 1989 Jerry Stannard Memorial Prize for the best article on materia medica. A substantial portion of Chapter 3 in my new book is on syphilis and its artistic representations in early modern art: The Epiphany of Hieronymus Bosch: Imagining Antichrist and Others from the Middle Ages to the Reformation (London: Harvey Miller, forthcoming March 2016).



Teaching Materials:


  • College of Arts, School of Culture and Creative Arts