Kristan M. Hanson

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I am a PhD candidate in art history and a 2018-20 HASTAC Scholar.

My participation in the HASTAC Scholars program is sponsored by the Institute for Digital Research in the Humanities at the University of Kansas.

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I am a PhD candidate in art history at the University of Kansas (KU), where I study nineteenth-century art and plant culture. In my research and teaching, I explore how gender and power relationships inform social practices, visual representations, and human interactions with the plant world.

My dissertation examines nineteenth-century paintings of Parisian women, ornamental plants, and urban spaces. I analyze how the pictures chart female and plant movement patterns, in Parisian micro-geographies and transregional trade routes, in order to elucidate the power structures that regulated mobility and rootedness. As a key part of the project, I use historical geocoding and digital mapping to visualize horticultural networks in 1870s Paris.

I received competitive awards to support my research from KU’s Hall Center for the Humanities and the Oak Spring Garden Foundation.

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 been the Andrew W. Mellon Coordinator of Academic Programs at KU’s Spencer Museum of Art.


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