Emerging Scholars Committee (ESC)

The Italian Art Society Emerging Scholars Committee (ESC) provides a supportive community for graduate students, recent graduates, and early career scholars in Italian studies. “Emerging scholars” includes anyone currently enrolled in a masters or doctoral program; anyone who has earned a master’s degree within the past six years, but who has not yet enrolled in a doctoral program; and anyone who has earned a PhD within the past six years.

We host a Facebook group to act as an information network for emerging scholars. Through the group you can find calls for papers, fellowship opportunities, relevant current news stories, and other materials related to the study of Italian art and architecture. The Facebook group, in particular, facilitates contact among colleagues for advice on researching and living in Italy: on everything from working in archives to locating reliable and affordable housing. We also maintain a Twitter feed! All eligible IAS members are encouraged to join us and to post in our Facebook group and follow discussion on Twitter via #IAS_ESC.

The ESC also manages the IAS Mentorship Program and hosts an event for emerging scholars at the College Art Association (CAA) annual conference each year. In 2021, the ESC initiated a new, ongoing series of virtual open forum discussions centered around antiracism and intersectionality in Italian art history. These events are open to all IAS members, but are focused on conversations benefitting early career scholars. Look out for updates on the ESC’s forthcoming in-person CAA event and additional virtual events in our antiracism and intersectionality series!

We welcome any questions or comments and look forward to working with you all as we develop our community. If you are interested in being part of the committee, please reach out!

For more information, contact Rebecca Howard, ESC chair.

Are you on Facebook? Join our Facebook group.

Follow the ESC on Twitter.

Sign up for our mentorship program


ESC Committee Members

Chair: Rebecca Howard (2023); Members: Brenna Larsen (2022), Christine Zappella (2022), Ashley Offill (2023), and Linda M. Mueller (2024).


Mentorship Program

Members of the Italian Art Society are eligible for our mentorship program. The Emerging Scholars Committee manages the program to enable emerging scholars to discuss their work and professional development with more advanced colleagues. Students and scholars of all levels are encouraged to apply (as either mentors or mentees). Please complete the linked form. Contact esc@italianartsociety.org with any questions.

Officers & Contacts