Roger Thayer Stone Center For Latin American Studies

Tulane University

Thomas F. Reese

SCLAS Executive Director. Professor - Art History

Contact Info

Thomas Reese has been with the Stone Center since 1999 as Executive Director. His scholarship and publications include studies of eighteenth-century Spanish art and politics, culture contact in sixteenth-century Mexico, devotional space in Colonial Andean society, and contemporary architectural practice in Europe and America. His most recent research focuses on images and identity in turn of the century Argentina and Mexico. Previous to coming to Tulane, he served as Deputy Director of the Getty Research Institute in Los Angeles and taught at the University of Texas at Austin. As Executive Director, he is responsible for overseeing all academic and administrative functions of the Stone Center for Latin American Studies. In addition, he also teaches courses in art history in the Art Department.


  • B.A., Tulane University, Spanish and Art History, 1965
  • M.A., Yale University, History of Art, 1969
  • Ph.D., Yale University, History of Art, 1973

Academic Experience

  • Professor, Tulane University, 1999-
  • Professor, University of Texas, 1983-1986
  • Associate Professor, University of Texas, 1976-1983
  • Assistant Professor, University of Texas, 1970-1976

Research & Teaching Specializations: Argentina; Mexico; Art/Art History; Area Studies; Latin American and Iberian Art; Architecture and Urbanism

Related Experience

  • Executive Director, Stone Center for Latin American Studies, Tulane University, 1999-
  • Co-Vice Chair, Council of Directors of Title VI National Resource Centers for Foreign Language and Area Studies, 2008-
  • President of the Board, Arts Council of New Orleans, 2010-2013
  • Board Member, Contemporary Arts Center, 2008-2013
  • Board Member, New Orleans Museum of Art, 2008-2011
  • Editorial Board, RES, 1997-
  • Deputy Director, The Getty Research Institute for the History of Art and the Humanities, 1994-1998
  • Acting Director, The Getty Center for the History of Art and the Humanities, 1991, 1992-1993
  • Associate Director, The Getty Center for the History of Art and the Humanities, 1986-1992


  • Dianne Lynn Levy Memorial Lecture, Cum Laude School, 2004
  • Andrew Mellon Faculty Summer Research Grant, Institute of Latin American Studies, University of Texas, 1981, 1982, 1985
  • Institute of Latin American Studies Travel Grant, University of Texas, 1984
  • Samuel H. Kress Senior Fellow, Center for Advanced Study in the Visual Arts, The National Gallery of Art, Washington, D.C., 1983
  • Faculty Research Assignment, University Research Institute, 1982-1983
  • John Simon Guggenheim Memorial Foundation Scholarship, 1976-1977

Languages: Spanish; French

Selected Publications

  • 2014. ¬"George Kubler: The Craft of Art History.¬" In Im Maschenwerk der Kunstgeschichte: Eine Revision von George Kublers >The Shape of Time<. Edited by Sarah Maupeu, Kerstin Schankweiler, Stefanie Stallschus. Berlin: Kulturverlag Kadmos.
  • 2013. El Canal de Panamá y su legado arquitectónico (1905-1920), The Panama Canal and its Architectural Legacy (1905-1920). With Carol McMichael Reese. República de Panamá: Fundación Ciudad del Saber, Autoridad del Canal de Panamá, and Fundación Arte y Cultura.
  • 2010. ¬"Taking Sail: Kurt Foster¬'s Getty Center for the History of Art and the Humanities.¬" Pp. 257-279 in Art History on the Move: Hommage an Kurt W. Forster. Edited by Nanni Baltzer, Jacqueline Burckhardt, Marie Theres Stauffer, and Philip Ursprung unter Mitarbeit von Mirjam Brunner. Zürich: Diaphanes.
  • 1999. Buenos Aires 1910: el imaginario para una gran capital; Coloquio internacional de 1995. Editor, with Margarita Gutman. Buenos Aires: Centro de Estudios Avanzados de la Universidad de Buenos Aires.
  • 1999. “The Institutionalization of Art History as a Disciplinary and Pedagogical Practice in American Universities in the Twentieth Century.” In disciplinas: estetica e historia del arte en el cruce de los discursos. Lucero Enriquez, editor. Mexico: INAM.
  • 1999. “Richard Meier, the J. Paul Getty Museum, Los Angeles, California 1984-1997.” With Carol McMichael Reese. In Museums for a New Millenium: Concept, Projects, Buildings. Vittorio Magnago Lampugnani and Angeli Sachs, eds. Munich: Prestel.
  • 1995. “Mapping Interdisciplinarity.” Art Bulletin. 77: 544-49.
  • 1976. The Architecture of Ventura Rodriguez. 2 vols. New York: Garland Publishing Inc.

Recently-Taught Latin American-Related Courses: Latin American Studies Core Seminar (Graduate); Cities and Urban Imagery in Latin America

Number of Dissertations or Theses Supervised in the Past 5 Years: 2