Currently the 'modern and contemporary faculty' consists of:

Dr Rebecca Arnold

Professor Caroline Arscott

Professor Mignon Nixon
Dr Satish Padiyar
Dr Gavin Parkinson

Prof Julian Stallabrass
Dr Wenny Teo (张温惠)

Professor Sarah Wilson
Dr Klara Kemp-Welch
Dr Sussan Babaie
Dr Robin Schuldenfrei

Dr Natalia Murray

Visiting Professors
Professor Christopher Green
Professor John Milner
Professor Anne Wagner

Honorary Research Fellow

Dr Shulamith Behr

Andrew W Mellon Foundation / Research Forum Visiting Professor (Mellon MA)
Dr Heather Norris Nicholson

Andrew W Mellon Foundation / Research Forum Postdoctoral Fellow (Mellon MA)
Dr Sarah Beth Levavy

Terra Foundation for American Art Visiting Professor
Dr Julia Bryan-Wilson

Terra Foundation Postdoctoral Fellow:
Dr Ellery Foutch



The courses offered change from year to year, but recent MA offerings have included:


  • The Male Body in Nineteenth-Century European Art
    Taught by: Dr Satish Padiyar

  • The Aesthetic Body: Science, Aestheticism and the Image of the Body in British Art 1860-1900
    Taught by: Professor Caroline Arscott and Dr Carol Jacobi

  • Modernism After Postmodernism: Modern Art and its Interpretation
    Taught by: Dr Gavin Parkinson

  • Contacts and Contexts in Russian Art c. 1905-1945
    Taught by: Professor John Milner  

  • Dress, Body, Space and Modernity: Fashion in the City, 1919-1939
    (MA in the History of Dress)
    Taught by: Dr Rebecca Arnold

  • German Art and Cultural Politics (The 1930s-1950s): Inner Emigration, Exile and Remigration
    Taught by: Dr Shulamith Behr
  • Art and Psychoanalysis: Fifty Years of War in the Time of Peace
    Taught by: Professor Mignon Nixon with Professor Juliet Mitchell

  • Aestheticising Politics? The Political in Globalised Contemporary Art
    Taught by: Dr Julian Stallabrass

  • Global Conceptualism: The Last Avant-Garde or a New Beginning? Andrew W. Mellon Foundation MA 2010-11
    Taught by: Professor Sarah Wilson

  • Art, Artists and 20th Century Modernism in Europe:  Works, Contexts, Meanings
    Taught by: Professor Christopher Green




There is a very active community of researchers. Undergraduates and MAs are encouraged to join current (and often former) PhDs at the regular meetings of the Modern and Contemporary Research Seminars, which attract distinguished scholars in London and beyond. Public lectures with acclaimed visiting speakers are regularly organised, and the Courtauld organises and hosts colloquia and large-scale conferences in connection with events such as exhibitions.


MA dissertation titles

MA students write their dissertations either on material arising directly from their course or, with their supervisor’s approval, on any other viable topic. The best dissertations achieve publishable standard in leading journals.


Titles or fields of research (MPhil and PhD) of students currently registered at the Courtauld Institute

With the range of interests and expertise of the staff, and the availability of research resources in London, research students are encouraged to undertake pioneering work in a range of areas of art history. The large number of active research students in the modern and contemporary area creates a supportive and stimulating environment.


Recently completed PhDs

Many PhDs will be published in whole or in part, substantially revised or in some cases substantially as submitted.