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Ananda Cohen

College: Graduate Center
Awards: Tenure-Track Assistant Professorship at Cornell, 2012

Outstanding Student

Ananda Cohen, who will graduate with a Ph.D. in art history in May 2012, accepted a tenure-track position at Cornell University, beginning in the fall, as assistant professor of colonial Latin American visual culture in the history of art department.

Her dissertation, "Mural Painting and Social Change in the Colonial Andes, 1626-1830," focuses on the social history of mural painting in highland Peru from the mid-colonial period to the early years of independence and examines how artists modified religious images to resonate with local indigenous communities. It offers new insight into indigenous-European artistic and cultural exchange in colonial Latin America.

At Cornell, Cohen will teach courses in pre-Columbian and colonial Latin American art and architecture. Among her publications are, co-authored with Jeremy James George, Handbook to Life in the Inca World (Facts on File, 2011); chapters on "Pre-Columbian Art of the Andes" and "Art in the Viceroyalty of Peru" in Maya Jiménez, Latin American Art (Pearson, forthcoming 2013); essays on "Early Textile Traditions of South Coastal Peru" and "Featherwork of Ancient Peru" in Natural and Supernatural: Andean Textiles and Material Culture, exhibition catalog, Godwin-Ternbach Museum, Queens College, 2009; and book reviews in The Journal of Latin American and Caribbean Anthropology and Ethnohistory.

Among the awards she received during her graduate studies were a 2010-11 CUNY Graduate Center Sponsored Dissertation Fellowship; a 2010 Helen Watson Buckner Memorial Fellowship from the John Carter Brown Library; and a 2005-07 CUNY Graduate Center Dean K. Harrison Award.