Michael T. Davis

Chair of Architectural Studies, Professor of Art History

Michael Davis teaches courses on the art of the Middle Ages, the arts of Islam, and modern architecture. His research centers on French Gothic architecture including Notre-Dame, Paris and the cathedrals of Clermont-Ferrand and Limoges. Recently, he has been reconstructing lost buildings in medieval Paris (early video). Used in his seminars on Paris, these projects actively engage students in the evaluation of evidence, medieval design techniques, and the use of digital media.

Michael T. Davis Chair of Architectural Studies, Professor of Art History

Naomi Darling

Five College Assistant Professor of Sustainable Architecture

Naomi Darling teaches design studio courses with a sustainable lens at Hampshire College, Mount Holyoke College and the University of Massachusetts Amherst. Naomi is a principal at Naomi Darling Architecture, LLC, a full-service architectural practice based in Amherst, Massachusetts, and New Haven, Connecticut. The firm aims to produce socially responsible and environmentally conscious projects at all scales in terms of size, time and permanence, with a special consideration of site and place. Current projects include a park in Old Saybrook, Connecticut, several residential projects, and Nitobe Memorial Hall, a museum, library and community center in Sapporo, Japan.

Professor Darling in front of snowy trees

Jessica Maier

Associate Professor 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

Ajay J. Sinha

Chair of Art History; Professor of Art History

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

Affiliated Faculty

Thom Long

Five College Assistant Professor of Architectural Studies

Off-campus phone: 413-559-5376

Thom Long

Joseph Smith

Co-Chair of Art Studio; Professor of Art

Artist, Joe Smith, lives in Newtonville, Massachusetts and teaches in the Dept of Studio Art at Mt. Holyoke College since 1996. Born and raised in rural southern Illinois, he graduated from The Rhode Island School of Design in 1980. Since 1982 His work has been exhibited in Chicago, Los Angeles, New York, San Gimignano and Siena (Italy) as well as Schiedam (The Netherlands). His work is included in many private collections including The Edward Broida Trust, the Elaine Dannheisser Collection, and the Jean and Barbara Schwartz Collection. Primarily known as a sculptor he has been critically reviewed in the NYTimes, Art Forum, Art In America, The Chicago Tribune and Flash Art among other publications.

Joseph Smith, Professor of Art


Rose Ryan

Academic Department Coordinator

Rose Ryan is the academic department coordinator for art studio, art history and architectural studies. She manages the budget, purchasing, online course catalog submissions, events, award applications, and all the daily needs of faculty and majors. She has been on campus since 2002. 

Rose Ryan