Art History

Faculty List

Professors Emeriti 
K. Andrews, MFA 
L.E. Eleen, MA, PhD 
D.S. Richardson, MA, PhD (U) 
D. Rifat, DA 
J.W. Shaw, MAT, PhD, D Hum Lett, FSA, FRSC (T) 
M.C. Shaw, MA, PhD (S) 
B. Welsh-Orcharov, MA, PhD 

Professor and Chair 
C. Knappett, PhD, FSA (Homer Thompson/Walter Graham Chair in Aegean Prehistory)

Associate Chair, Undergraduate Studies
P. Sapirstein, PhD (Limited Term Appointment) 

University Professor 
P.L. Sohm, MA, PhD (U) 

C. Anderson, MA, PhD
M.A. Cheetham, MA, PhD, FRSC (U) 
L. Kaplan, MA, PhD (University of Toronto Mississauga) 
E.M. Kavaler, MA, PhD 
C. Knappett, PhD, FSA (Homer Thompson/Walter Graham Chair in Aegean Prehistory)
E. Levy, MFA, PhD (University of Toronto Mississauga)  
J. Ricco, MA, PhD (University of Toronto Mississauga)  

Associate Professors 
J. Bear, MA, PhD 
J. Caskey, MA, PhD (University of Toronto Mississauga) 
A. S. Cohen MA, PhD 
B. C. Ewald, MA, PhD 
E. Harney, MA, PhD (University of Toronto Scarborough) 
K. Jain, MA, PhD (University of Toronto Mississauga) 
SJ. Kim, MA, MPhil, PhD
E.M.M. Legge, MA, PhD (U) 
G. Periti, MA, PhD 
J. Purtle, MA, MPhil, PhD (U) 
A. Syme, MA, PhD (University of Toronto Mississauga) 

Assistant Professors 
J. Clarke, M. Arch, M Phil, PhD
Y. Gu, MA, PhD (University of Toronto Scarborough) 
M. Migwans, MA, PhD
H. Mostafa, MA, PhD
P. Sapirstein, PhD (Limited Term Appointment)

Adjunct Professor 
Y. Hendeles, C.M., O.Ont, PhD Amsterdam, LL.D University of Toronto, Nova Scotia College of Art and Design, Ontario College of Art and Design (Hons)

Royal Ontario Museum
H. Coxon, Associate Professor, Status Only
D. Dewan, MA, PhD, Associate Professor, Status Only
R. Fox, MA, PhD, Assistant Professor, Status Only
A. Gehmacher, MA, PhD, Associate Professor, Status Only
A. Palmer, MA, PhD, Associate Professor, Status Only


The Department of Art History offers Minor, Major, and Specialist programs in Art History (FAH). 

The FAH curriculum covers the Bronze Age to the present in several global regions: the Mediterranean area, Europe and North America, and Asia. FAH102H1 offers an overview of the discipline of art history through a thematic survey of major monuments and skills. FAH102H1 is a mandatory component of the curriculum, and students are encouraged to take this class early in their progress toward an FAH program. 0.5 credit courses at the 200-level are more comprehensive surveys that thematically introduce the material from specific chronological periods, regional areas, or the history of architecture. Many of these courses, which are offered on a regular basis, serve as “gateway” prerequisites for courses at the 300- and 400-level; students are advised to check the prerequisites for each upper-level course carefully.

Courses in art history (FAH) are useful to students in other departments or faculties; history, literature, music, and philosophy are likewise concerned with systems of thought and imagery. Fundamental concepts in such disciplines are embodied or reflected in related works of art of the same general period and area. Students in architecture, geography, or city planning will find courses in the history of architecture of benefit. 

At the same time, the Department directs the attention of its students to the wide range of offerings in other departments and urges them to acquire the broad cultural background essential to an understanding of the arts. Of special importance are familiarity with history, a knowledge of the various traditions of literature and mythology, and an acquaintance with philosophy. Courses in cultural, historical or urban geography may also be relevant in programs that include the history of architecture. It is imperative that students interested in pursuing an advanced degree in art history acquire the foreign languages necessary for such work. Although the choice of languages will be dependent on an individual’s program of study, it is generally recommended that students learn German and at least one other European language. The Department website provides a list of courses in other departments that can be counted toward an art history degree, or consult the Director of Undergraduate Studies to confirm the eligibility of any course.

In conjunction with Woodsworth College, the Department offers courses during the summer term at the University of Siena, Italy, and at other locations abroad. For information about these degree-credit courses, please consult the Department of Art History website or contact the Summer Abroad Program at Woodsworth College, 119 St. George Street (416-978-8713),

The History of Art Students' Association sponsors a variety of lectures and other activities for members of the departmental community.

Many courses in the Department are offered in alternate years only, or on a three-year cycle. For more detailed information on courses and degree programs, consult the Department of Art History website at Counselling is available, by appointment, from the Undergraduate Coordinator. 


Undergraduate Assistant, Sidney Smith Hall, Room 6036 (416-978-7892),