Katherine Calvin joined Kenyon’s faculty in 2020. Her research examines art and cross-cultural exchange between Europe, the Middle East and Africa from the Renaissance to the eighteenth century. Feminist and critical race theories are central to her analysis of early modern paintings, prints and illustrated travel literature. Calvin also studies the intersections of archaeology, art collecting and the development of national museums.


Calvin was previously a member of the Spelman College faculty. Her research has been supported by fellowships from the UCLA Center for 17th and 18th Century Studies, the William Andrews Clark Library, and the Lewis Walpole Library at Yale University. She is currently preparing her first book about how representations of antiquities and ancient sites informed European and Ottoman ideas about history and nationalism.

Areas of Expertise

Eighteenth-century art, feminist art history, early modern cultural exchange