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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

Submission Instructions
Please submit two complete, separate lists:

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

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]


  • 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]
[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


  • Before 1500 BCE
  • 1500 BCE to 500 BCE
  • 500 BCE to 500 CE
  • Sixth to Tenth Century
  • Eleventh to Fourteenth Century
  • Fifteenth Century
  • Sixteenth Century
  • Seventeenth Century
  • Eighteenth Century
  • Nineteenth Century
  • Twentieth Century
  • Twenty-first Century

Geographic Area

  • Africa
  • Caribbean
  • Central America
  • Central and North Asia
  • East Asia
  • North America
  • Northern Europe
  • Oceania/Australia
  • South America
  • South Asia/South East Asia
  • Southern Europe and Mediterranean
  • West Asia

Subject, Genre, Media, Artistic Practice

  • Aesthetics
  • African American/African Diaspora
  • Ancient Egyptian/Near Eastern Art
  • Ancient Greek/Roman Art
  • Architectural History/Urbanism/Historic Preservation
  • Art Education/Pedagogy/Art Therapy
  • Art of the Ancient Americas
  • Artistic Practice/Creativity
  • Asian American/Asian Diaspora
  • Ceramics/Metals/Fiber Arts/Glass
  • Colonial and Modern Latin America
  • Comparative
  • Conceptual Art
  • Decorative Arts
  • Design History
  • Digital Media/New Media/Web-Based Media
  • Digital Scholarship/History
  • Drawings/Prints/Work on Paper/Artistic Practice
  • Fiber Arts and Textiles
  • Film/Video/Animation
  • Folk Art/Vernacular Art
  • Genders/Sexualities/Feminisms
  • Graphic/Industrial/Object Design
  • Indigenous Peoples
  • Installation/Environmental Art
  • Islamic Art
  • Latinx
  • Material Culture
  • Multimedia/Intermedia
  • Museum Practice/Museum Studies/Curatorial Studies/Arts Administration
  • Native American/First Nations
  • Painting
  • Patronage, Art Collecting
  • Performance Art/Performance Studies/Public Practice
  • Photography
  • Politics/Economics
  • Queer/Gay Art
  • Race/Ethnicity
  • Religion/Cosmology/Spirituality
  • Sculpture
  • Sound Art
  • Survey
  • Theory/Historiography/Methodology
  • Visual Studies