Kristan M. Hanson
Art Historian | Digital and Plant Humanities Scholar | Museum Educator
Kristan M. Hanson holds a 2020–2021 Plant Humanities Fellowship at Dumbarton Oaks in Washington, DC. She received her PhD in Art History from the University of Kansas in 2020. Her current research examines late nineteenth-century portrayals of Parisian women, ornamental plants, and urban spaces, with a particular focus on charting sites where gendered spatial practices intersected with horticultural labor and leisure.
Hanson has received fellowships and awards from the Oak Spring Garden Foundation, HASTAC Scholars program, Hall Center for the Humanities, and Institute for Digital Research in the Humanities. In 2018, she was invited to present her dissertation research as a participant in re:work’s international Summer Academy "Labour and Leisure in Global History," organized by Humboldt-University Berlin in cooperation with the University of Nairobi, held in Mombasa and Nairobi, Kenya.
From 2018 to 2020, Hanson served as the Andrew W. Mellon Coordinator of Academic Programs at KU's Spencer Museum of Art. While holding this position, she co-edited with Celka Straughn the exhibition catalogue Perspectives on a Legacy Collection: Sallie Casey Thayer’s Gift to the University of Kansas (forthcoming 2020), for which she contributed two essays. She has also authored book reviews for Nineteenth-Century French Studies and H-Maps as well as numerous biographies and special reports for Encyclopædia Britannica.