Anna Isbell

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Graduate Student

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Anna is a second year Ph.D. student studying nineteenth-century British art. She received a B.A. in Art History and Anthropology as well as a certificate in Archaeology from the University of Missouri-St. Louis and her M.A. in Medieval Art History at the University of Iowa. For her Master’s thesis, she explored the geometry and the design process of Anglo-Saxon disc brooches. Her Ph.D. research focuses on Victorian ideals of womanhood and love, examining the relationships between science, literature, and visual material in the construction of femininity and the idea of female emotional instability and physical inferiority of females. Anna also has interests in aspects of race and the “other” in art, the Medieval revival of the nineteenth century, and the romanticization of the Middle Ages by artists and writers.

Anna has worked at Laumeier Sculpture Park, interned at the St. Louis Art Museum, and participated in three archaeological digs, one of which was at Bamburgh Castle in Northern England. Through her work in archaeological excavations and laboratories, she has gained insight into the material culture of past peoples and a greater understanding of their world through the objects they have left behind.