Current Students

Mari Yoko Hara

B.A. Art History, John Cabot University, (Rome, Italy), 2001
M.A. Art History, Williams College, 2005
Ph.D. student, University of Virginia

A native of Oita City, Japan, Yoko joined the Art and Architectural History program at U.Va. in 2007 having worked as a curatorial and publications assistant at the Sterling and Francine Clark Art Institute for two years. She holds a B.A. from John Cabot University in Rome, and an M.A. from Williams College in Massachusetts. Yoko's Master's thesis addressed the reemergence of permanent theater buildings in Renaissance Italy, which was presented at several national and international conferences, including the annual meeting of the Renaissance Society of America.

At the University of Virginia, Yoko has contributed to a number of research projects at the Institute for Advanced Studies in the Humanities, including Professor Francesca Fiorani's "Leonardo da Vinci & his treatise on painting." [] She has TA-ed for several classes on Italian Renaissance art and architecture both on campus and abroad in Italy. During the 2011-12 academic year, Yoko taught an undergraduate seminar, "The Culture of the Italian Renaissance Villa."

Yoko's dissertation project, guided by Professor Cammy Brothers, deals with the relationship between Renaissance scenography and architecture, and the career of the Sienese painter-architect Baldassarre Peruzzi. Her primary interests are in the visuality of Renaissance built environments, and multimedia production. Her dissertation research has been supported by the Bader Fellowship in the Visual Arts of the Theater at Houghton LIbrary of Harvard University, the Rensselaer W. Lee Memorial Grant through the Renaissance Society of America, and the Dumas Malone Research Fellowship through the Thomas Jefferson Memorial Foundation. Yoko is currently a Samuel H. Kress Pre-Doctoral Fellow at the American Academy in Rome (2012-14).

email: Yoko
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