Critical reviews of books, exhibitions, and projects in all areas and periods of art history and visual studies

Dissertation Submission Guidelines

PhD dissertation authors and titles in art history and visual studies from US and Canadian institutions are now published each year in caa.reviews.

Submission Instructions
Please submit two complete, separate lists:

  • Dissertations Completed (between January 1 and December 31)
  • Dissertations in Progress (all current dissertations in progress)

Please send the lists as Word documents to dissertations@collegeart.org. The annual deadline for sending dissertation lists is January 15 for titles from the previous year.

Each list must be organized by subject area. The subject areas are listed below. Use only these subject areas. If a dissertation does not fit any of these areas, please make the best choice you can. You may place a dissertation in up to two subject areas. If you do not use the subject names as listed, CAA will supply these using our best judgment.

Within each subject area, the entries must be alphabetical by the author’s surname.

Each entry must include the following information in the following form:

Last name of author, first name of author, “Title of PhD Dissertation in Quotes” (Name of Institution, Advisor’s First Initial and Last Name) [notes concerning any accents or special diacritical marks]

Examples:

  • Muan, Ingrid, “Citing Angkor: The ‘Cambodian Arts’ in the Age of Restoration, 1918–2000” (Columbia University, K. Moxey)
  • Jones, Elizabeth, “A Poststructuralist Analysis of Dürer’s Melencholia” (University of Chicago, B. Smith) [in the name Dürer, the “u” has an umlaut]

Important: If an entry has special accents or diacritical marks that may be lost or scrambled in email, indicate these both in the entry and in square brackets at the end of the entry. For example:

[in the name Cézanne the first “e” has an acute accent] or [in the name Dürer, the “u” has an umlaut]
  • Use single spacing. Separate entries with one line space
  • In the subject line of your email, please write “Dissertation Listings—Name of School”
  • The lists should include the complete information for your entire department or program. CAA cannot accept submissions from individual dissertation authors, only from department representatives. We cannot be responsible for typographic errors, late changes to titles, missing information, or other flaws in the data sent to us, including incorrectly named subject areas. Please read your lists carefully before sending them.

Subject Area Categories

Geographic Area of Work

  • Africa
  • African American/African Diaspora
  • Central America and Caribbean
  • East Asia
  • Middle Eastern/Western Asia
  • North America
  • Northern Europe
  • Oceania/Australia
  • South America
  • South Asia/South East Asia
  • Southern Europe and Mediterranean
  • Global Networks/Diasporas/Comparative

Period and/or Cultural Sphere

  • Ancient Art – Prehistoric
  • Ancient Art 1500 BCE to 500 BCE
  • Ancient Art 500 BCE to 500 CE
  • Ancient Egyptian/Near Eastern Art
  • Ancient Greek/Roman Art
  • Sixth Century CE to Eleventh Century CE Art
  • Eleventh- to Fourteenth-Century CE/Medieval Art
  • Islamic Art
  • Native American Art (post-1500)
  • Fifteenth- to Seventeenth-Century Art
  • Eighteenth-Century Art
  • Nineteenth-Century Art
  • Twentieth-Century Art
  • Twenty-First-Century Art
  • Practicing Artist, Designer, or Architect
  • Teaching Artist, Designer, or Architect

Specialities: Subject, Genre, Media, Artistic Practice

  • Aesthetics
  • Architectural History and Urbanism/Urban Planning/Historic Preservation
  • Art Education/Pedagogy/Art Therapy
  • Artistic Practice/Creativity
  • Ceramics/Metals/Fiber Arts/Glass
  • Conceptual Art
  • Decorative Arts/Textiles/Design History/Interior Design
  • Digital/Internet/New Media
  • Drawings/Prints/Works on Paper/Artists’ Books
  • Film/Video/Animation
  • Folk Art/Vernacular Art
  • Genders/Sexualities/Feminisms
  • Graphic/Industrial/Object Design
  • Handbooks/Books for Artists
  • Installation/Environmental Art
  • Material Culture
  • Materials of Art/Materiality
  • Multimedia/Inter-media
  • Museum Practice/Museum Studies/Curatorial Studies/Arts Administration
  • Painting
  • Patronage, Art Collecting
  • Performance Art/Performance Studies/Public Practice
  • Photography
  • Politics/Economics/Class
  • Race/Ethnicity/Cultural
  • Religion/Cosmology/Spirituality
  • Sculpture
  • Sound Art
  • Theory, Historiography, and Methodology
  • Visual Studies/Visual Culture Studies