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Winter Storm Alert- Wednesday January 28, 2015

All classes are cancelled today, Wednesday January 28th, including all day school classes, graduate classes, and evening classes through the School of Continuing Education & School of Business. College offices are also closed. We expect to resume normal operations and all classes on Thursday, January 29th. For more information and updates, please go to

The weather line can be reached at 401-865-1012.

Art/Art History  

Dr. Joan R. Branham,
associate dean of school of arts and sciences, professor of art history, and Fellowships Chair of Albright Institute of Archaeological Research, Jerusalem; branham.jpg

Teaching at PC since 1995
  • Art History and Religion
  • Sacred Space in Art and Architecture
  • Ancient Judaism and Early Christianity
  • Jewish Art and Architecture
  • Early Christian Art and Architecture
  • The Jerusalem Temple
  • Sacrifice and Blood
  • Women and Religion
  • Theme Parks and Religion
Selected Courses Taught:  
  • Sacred Space in Judaism, Christianity, and Islam
  • The Art of Sacrifice: Judaism and Christianity

Dr. Paul Crenshaw,

associate professor of art history
and department chair;crenshawp.jpg

Teaching at PC since 2009


  • Renaissance and Baroque Art History
  • 17th-century Dutch art
  • Italian Renaissance Art
  • Rembrandt
  • Vermeer
  • Leonardo da Vinci
  • History of the art market, collecting and museums
Selected Courses Taught:
  • Italian Renaissance Art
  • Baroque Art
  • Art History Survey
  • Art History Methods
  • Rembrandt van Rijn


Dr. Deborah Johnson, deb-johnson-d.jpg
professor of art history;

Teaching at PC since 1988
  • International modern and contemporary art 
    and culture (20th/21st centuries)
  • Public art and policy
  • Holocaust and looted art work 
Selected Courses Taught:
  • Art since 1945





Dr. Thomas Strasser,  
professor of art history; Strasser.JPG

Teaching at PC since: 2005
  • Aegean Archaeology
  • Ancient sea-faring
  • Mediterranean archaeology
Selected Courses Taught:
  • Art History Survey
  • Principles of Research
  • Art of the Ancient Classical World
  • Art of the Homeric World
  • Introduction to Archaeological Method and Theory
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