History of Art and Architecture

Kale Serrato Doyen


Kale Serrato Doyen (she/her) studies modern and contemporary art history of the United States. Her current research focuses on how Black and Latinx artists engage with landscape, urban planning, and infrastructure. She employs Digital Studies and Methods in her research by building digital maps that visualize the spatial and sociopolitical contexts of artworks. In her M.A. thesis, “The Oppositional Landscape Photography of Charles “Teenie” Harris,” she mapped and analyzed nine landscape photographs from the Teenie Harris Archive at the Carnegie Museum of Art. She identified what bell hooks coins an “oppositional gaze” across Harris’s photographs spanning from 1957-1962, as he documented the demolition of the predominantly Black Lower Hill District neighborhood and construction of the Civic Arena as part of Pittsburgh’s postwar redevelopment program.

Kale matriculated into the Ph.D. program following the completion of her Hot Metal Bridge Post-Baccalaureate Fellowship in 2021. She received a Bachelor of Arts in Art History at the University of Illinois at Chicago in 2020.

Education Details

Ph.D., History of Art and Architecture, University of Pittsburgh, in progress
Advisor: Dr. Jennifer Josten
Digital Studies and Methods Certificate in progress

M.A., History of Art and Architecture, University of Pittsburgh, 2023
Thesis: “The Oppositional Landscape Photography of Charles ‘Teenie’ Harris”
Advisor: Dr. Jennifer Josten; Second Reader: Dr. Josh Ellenbogen

Hot Metal Bridge Post-Baccalaureate Fellowship, History of Art and Architecture, University of Pittsburgh, 2020-2021

B.A., Art History, University of Illinois at Chicago, 2020
Minor in Museum Studies
Undergraduate thesis: “The Landscape of Luis Medina,” advised by Dr. Emmanuel Ortega

Selected Fellowships

Ailsa Mellon Bruce Predoctoral Fellowship for Historians of American Art to Travel Abroad, Center for Advanced Study in the Visual Arts, National Gallery of Art, 2023

Mellon Undergraduate Curatorial Fellowship, Art Institute of Chicago, 2018-2020