Roger Thayer Stone Center For Latin American Studies

Tulane University

Allison Caplan

Student - Ph.D. Candidate

Allison Caplan is a Ph.D. candidate in Tulane’s joint Art History and Latin American Studies program. Her dissertation, “Their Flickering Creations: Value, Surface, and Animacy in Nahua Precious Art,” supervised by Dr. Elizabeth Boone, examines Nahua aesthetics and conceptions of materiality in multimedia works that combine feathers, precious stones, shell, metals, and other valued materials. Allison’s research interests include Nahuatl linguistics, indigenous aesthetics, materiality, and concepts of value.

Allison received her M.A. in Art History and Latin American Studies from Tulane in 2014 and graduated summa cum laude from Columbia University with a B.A. in Comparative Literature and Society and a minor in Art History. From 2016 to 2018, Allison is the Ittleson Fellow at the National Gallery of Art’s Center for Advanced Study in the Visual Arts (CASVA). Prior to that, she was the paid graduate intern for the Getty-Met exhibition, Golden Kingdoms: Luxury and Legacy in the Ancient Americas. She has also held positions as a paid summer intern at the Metropolitan Museum of Art and as the Katzenberger Foundation Exhibitions Intern at the Smithsonian.