Kristan M. Hanson

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I am a PhD candidate in art history at the University of Kansas (KU), and I am a 2018-20 HASTAC Scholar.

My participation in the HASTAC Scholars program is sponsored by the KU Institute for Digital Research in the Humanities.

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I am an art historian and museum educator whose research and teaching explore how relationships of gender and power shape social practices and visual representations.

I am a PhD candidate in the Kress Foundation Department of Art History at the University of Kansas (KU). My dissertation examines paintings of Parisian women who sell, arrange, transport, grow, and display ornamental plants at specific locations in late nineteenth-century Paris. As part of the project, I map Paris's horticultural network and the global flows of "exotic" plants to France and Belgium. I received support for my research from the Oak Spring Garden Foundation and KU’s Hall Center for the Humanities.

I hold Master of Arts degrees in art education from the School of the Art Institute of Chicago and art history from the University of Chicago. 

Since 2018, I have worked as the Andrew W. Mellon Coordinator of Academic Programs at KU’s Spencer Museum of Art.


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