History of Art and Architecture

Graduate Program

We offer a PhD program designed to train new generations of scholars who will lead the way in advancing and disseminating art-historical knowledge, whether in research universities, teaching colleges, museums and galleries, or other related professions. All students in the program enjoy five years of fully funded, year round support, and most compete successfully for other university and external grants and fellowships

Our program is based in research Constellations that encourage idea-driven scholarship and interdisciplinary work. These Constellations unite faculty and graduate students around shared intellectual questions and interpretative approaches, meant to be flexible and evolving.  At the same time, the program recognizes that in-depth knowledge of particular historical and geographical areas remains the foundation of any serious intellectual inquiry in our discipline.

Mellon Fellow in Curation and Education

As part of our major grant from the A.W. Mellon Foundation, HAA has instituted the Mellon Fellowship in Curation and Education.  Selected competitively, one graduate student from HAA each year works with the consortium Collecting Knowledge Pittsburgh and with our academic curator. The fellow plays an integral role in mentoring the cohort of undergraduate interns and also develops a collaborative research project of her own involving one or more consortium partners. Read more


Our PhD students engage in research that cuts across silos. Dissertations incorporate the cross-disciplinary perspectives of the Constellations and digital humanities. Special projects extend beyond the walls of academia into museums, urban schools, and underserved communities. Increasingly our students have become competitive for prestigious external grants, coming recently from the Metropolitan Museum, the Smithsonian, and CASVA. Read more

Alumni Careers

Recent PhDs from HAA are competing in the rapidly changing landscape of higher education, museum and gallery work, and other careers in the arts. Trajectories include faculty, curatorial, and non-profit positions across a wide array of institutions. Read more