Sandra Gómez Todó
Sandra Gómez Todó is a Ph.D. Candidate in Eighteenth and Nineteenth-Century European art and a Fulbright scholar. She received a B.A. in Art History from Universidad Autónoma de Madrid and an M.A. in Comparative Studies in Literature, Art and Thought from Universitat Pompeu Fabra in Barcelona; the latter was funded by a grant from la Caixa Foundation. Her M.A. thesis, titled "From Comedians to Ladies of the Stage: Representations of the Actress in Spain (1770-1870)," explored visual representations of creative and intellectual profiles of femininity and focused on the function of artworks in the new identity of actresses as ladies in nineteenth-century Spain.
Her current research interests include the relationships between theatrical culture and the visual arts, British print culture, performance and gender studies, women’s depictions in the world of entertainment, and fashion studies. Her dissertation, “The Visual Culture of the Georgian Masquerade: Unmasking Gender and Social Class,” argues that the iconography of the mask and the female masquerader pervaded the British imagination and acted as a primary vehicle in visual and material culture to comment on and formulate models of Georgian femininity.
She has presented her research, among other venues, at the British Society for Eighteenth-Century Studies and the Canadian Society for Eighteenth-Century Studies. The interdisciplinary approach and gender perspective that dominate her research are also present in her teaching as graduate teaching assistant for courses such as “Masterpieces: Art in Cultural Contexts,” “Asian Art and Culture,” and “From Mona Lisa to Modernism.” Finally, Sandra’s museum experience at the Fundación de Amigos del Museo del Prado and the Museo Nacional de Artes Decorativas in Madrid has contributed to her better understanding of the role of art history in the contemporary world and the importance of collaboration between museum and university research.