People

Faculty

Jessica Maier

Associate Professor of Art History; Chair of Art History

Jessica Maier’s research focuses on early modern maps and prints. Her book, “Rome Measured and Imagined: Early Modern Maps of the Eternal City,” was published in 2015, and her articles have appeared in The Art Bulletin, Renaissance Quarterly and other journals. Maier is a fellow of the American Academy in Rome. At Mount Holyoke, she teaches Renaissance and Baroque art and architecture with an eye to global interactions.

 Jessica Maier Assistant Professor of Art History

Naomi Darling

Five College Associate Professor of Sustainable Architecture

Naomi Darling teaches design studio courses with a sustainable lens focusing on climate, culture and materiality at Mount Holyoke College and the University of Massachusetts Amherst. Darling’s research and professional practice, Naomi Darling Architecture, LLC, develop projects at all scales in terms of size, time and permanence, and students are often engaged in real sites and programs. Permeating all projects is a dimension of environmental stewardship, social responsibility and the role of architects as agents of change. Current projects include a Performance Bandshell for the Amherst Green, a Kayak Kiosk for the Town of Sunderland, artist studios, net-zero affordable housing prototypes and folding tent structures.

Professor Darling in front of snowy trees

Ajay J. Sinha

Julie ’73 and Helene ’49 Herzig Professor of Art History; on leave Fall 2021

Ajay Sinha teaches the history of Asian art at various levels, and seminars on Indian photography and Indian film. In his classes, students explore how the visual arts in India, China, Japan and other Asian countries reflect political and social formations and embody cultural values, and make visible the historical connections between local cultures and global networks both past and present, and between religious beliefs and secular life. He has published books and scholarly journal articles on the art and architecture of ancient India, and modern and contemporary art of South Asia including photography and film. Sinha is also a member of the Asian studies and film studies programs.

 Ajay J. Sinha Professor of Art History

Staff

Melissa Burke

Academic Department Coordinator
Melissa Burke