Katherine Gregory

PhD Program

Art History

American Art, African American Art

Research Interests

  • American art
  • African American art
  • African diaspora studies
  • Landscape painting
  • Archive theory
  • Natural history


M.A., Art History, University of Texas at Austin, 2018

B.A., Art & Archaeology, Princeton University, 2013


Katherine Gregory is a fourth year Ph.D. student studying American and African American art with Eddie Chambers. She is writing her dissertation on Robert S. Duncanson, a nineteenth-century African American landscape painter, and is studying his international travel between the U.S., Europe, and the United Kingdom. Her research interests include American art from the colonial period through present, African diaspora studies, the history of scientific imagery, and archive theory. Gregory is the recipient of a University Continuing Fellowship from the Graduate School at U.T. and was recently awarded a Luce/ACLS Dissertation Fellowship in American Art for 2022-2023. She completed her M.A. degree at the University of Texas at Austin in 2018 and received her B.A. in Art History from Princeton University in 2013.

Gregory’s M.A. thesis project analyzed the photographic archive of John Ellis Palmer, an African American photographer who owned and operated Palmer’s Studio in Galveston, Texas from the 1920s through 1960s. His archive of over 3,000 portraits and snapshots of Black Texans is housed at the Harry Ransom Center at the University of Texas at Austin. For the summer of 2017, Gregory was the Marsh Curatorial Fellow at the Georgia O’Keeffe Museum in Santa Fe, New Mexico. At the University of Texas, Gregory has also worked as a research assistant in the Black Diaspora Archive at the LLILAS Benson Latin American Studies and Collection. Before returning to graduate school, Gregory was the Director of Gallery Relations at Artsy, an online platform for discovering and collecting art. She has previously held internships at the Costume Institute at the Metropolitan Museum of Art, and in Works on Paper Conservation at the Philadelphia Museum of Art.

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