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Art History
Meet the Faculty

John Listopad 

Dr. John Listopad

Title:  Assistant Professor
Degrees: B.A. in Visual Art, University of California, M.A. University of Utah; Ph.D University of Michigan, Ann Arbor
Museum Curator: Los Angeles County Museum of Art, Stanford University
Teaching Experience: Since 1983
Career Highlights: Working at the forge of a Japanese sword smith, six years photo documentary studying the art and architecture of Thailand in the field, and extensive field work in Sri Lanka. Teaching classes at Stanford such as Shakespeare in Asian Film and Theater and upper division classes in American art history and Korean art history at state universities. I’ve critically reviewed the Southeast Asian chapter in Gardner’s Art through the Ages for the 16th edition and published books and articles on Sri Lankan and Thai art and architecture. Learning languages from medieval German to old court Thai, interacting with people from different cultures and backgrounds, and experiencing other ways of viewing life.
Quote: "The biggest adventure you can ever take is to live the life of your dreams." - Oprah Winfrey

Liz Consavari

Dr. Elizabeth Carroll Consavari

Title: Assistant Professor
Degrees: B.A. Occidental College, M.A. Indiana University, Bloomington; Ph.D Indiana University, Bloomington
Teaching Experience: Since 2000
Career Highlights: I have taught art history in Italy and the United States. While my specialization is in Renaissance Venice, my teaching interests in design history emerged from my research on the early modern Italian interior and furniture. Teaching onsite in Italy and developing faculty led programs has been an aspect of education I cherish. 
Hobbies: I speak Italian and lived in Italy for many years so I love to return when possible. Someday when I have time, I would love to play the piano again!
Quote: "Creativity takes courage." Henri Matisse


 Sophie Touze

Sophie Touzé

Title: Assistant Professor
Degrees: B.F. A, San Francisco Art Institute,  M.F.A, San Jose State University, CA.
Art History Teaching Experience: Since 1998 - 21 years at Community College level -  7 years at University level.
Career Highlights: Focusing on social justice issues in art history thanks to innovative colleagues' mutual support 20 years ago when it was rarely addressed. Creating two online courses: Woman Art History and Latin American art.  Over a decade working at San Francisco Museum of Modern Art as a trilingual private guide. Organizing exhibitions featuring the art of indigenous Purépecha female artists (Michoacán, Mexico).
Hobbies: Traveling in West Mexico, yoga, and learning more about sustainable ways of living.  And always always going to museums!
Quote: "I am not a teacher, but an awakener" Robert Frost
"Art has saved my life on a regular basis." Carrie Mae Weems


Cheyanne Cortez

Cheyanne Cortez 

Title:  Assistant Professor 
Degrees: B.A. Graphic Design; M.A. Art History & Visual Culture
Art History Teaching Experience: Since 2013
Career Highlights: I have published with Routledge Press and presented my scholarship at several international conferences. Instilling an excitement for education, as well as the material, is my favorite career highlight. 
Hobbies:  visiting museums and traveling
Quote: “Art is the signature of civilizations.” – Beverley Sills, American Opera Singer
"Art History is everywhere.  Get used to it."  -  Cheyanne Cortez