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I am a historian and a historian of art, with a focus on gender and culture in Britain and France during the 17th, 18th, and 19th centuries. Currently, I am a Junior Fellow at the Harvard Society of Fellows.

I specialize in the study of women artists and their writings, paintings, drawings, sculptures, and prints. In my work, I illuminate how women have navigated sociopolitical barriers to participate in their societies through art, literature, and other diverse forms of intellectual and creative expression, even with the obstacles they regularly faced — and especially at moments of political revolution and change. My book, A Revolution on Canvas: The Rise of Women Artists in Britain and France, 1760-1830, will be published by the Paul Mellon Centre for Studies in British Art in Association with Yale University Press in Spring 2022.

My research has been supported by fellowships from the Harvard Society of Fellows, the J. Paul Getty Trust, the Paul Mellon Centre for Studies in British Art, the Yale Center for British Art, the Lewis Walpole Library, and Princeton University.

I received my PhD and MA in History from Princeton University, my MA in Art History from the Courtauld Institute of Art, and my AB in History and Literature from Harvard University.

I have years of museum experience from the J. Paul Getty Museum and Princeton University Art Museum, and consult on art acquisitions and attributions on a private, individual basis.

For more, please see parisaspiesgans.com. Feel free to contact me with any and all queries.

 

Education

PhD, MA, Princeton University, History

MA, Courtauld Institute of Art, History of Art

AB, Harvard University, History and Literature