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Guilford College (Greensboro, NC)
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France, Nineteenth Century, Cemeteries, Funerary Monuments, Material Culture, Visual Culture, American Funerary History, Art History
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About Me

Kaylee P. Alexander earned her Ph.D. from the Department of Art, Art History & Visual Studies at Duke University, where she was also a research assistant with the Duke Art, Law & Markets Initiative (DALMI). She currently also serves on the board of the Association of Historians of Nineteenth-Century Art (AHNCA) as an at-large member and is a founding member of AHNCA’s Digital Working Group, which seeks to increase the association’s social media engagement and outreach to emerging scholars. She is also an editorial board member for the Collective for Radical Death Studies blog.

Specializing primarily in nineteenth-century visual culture, Kaylee’s research interests include funerary material culture and the cultural economics of death and burial in France and the United States. Her dissertation, entitled “In Perpetuity: Funerary Monuments, Consumerism and Social Reform in Paris (1804–1924),” used a data-driven approach to investigate the emergence of a popular market for funerary monuments following Napoleon’s burial reforms of 1804. Kaylee received a B.A. in Art History cum laude from New York University in 2013, and an M.A. in the History of Art and Architecture from the Institute of Fine Arts, NYU in 2015.

Recent Publications

Marbriers de Paris. The popular market for funerary monuments in nineteenth-century Paris.” Early Popular Visual Culture (2020).

(with Hans J. van Miegroet and Fiene Leunissen). “Imperfect Data, Art Markets and Internet Research.” Arts 8, no. 3 (2019): 76.

“Père-Lachaise in 1815: A New Method in the Study of Ephemeral Funerary Monuments.” In Monumental Troubles: Rethinking What Monuments Mean Today, edited by Erika Doss and Cheryl Snay, 16–28. Notre Dame, IN: Midwest Art History Society and the Snite Museum of Art, 2018 (e-publication).

Descent From the Cross: James Ensor’s Portrait of the Symbolist Artist.” Shift: Graduate Journal of Visual and Material Culture 10 (2017).


Media Coverage
Country Focus
Expertise by Geography
France, United States, Western Europe
Expertise by Chronology
19th century, Modern
Expertise by Topic
Art & Architectural History, Computational, Material Culture, Religion, Urban History