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Janet Stephens

Janet Stephens joined the faculty of GSU's School of Art and Design in 2011 and teaches courses on Pre-Columbian and Latin American art history. A specialist on the art and culture of Andean South America, Dr. Stephens' research interests include the links between art and colonialism, cultural exchange and appropriation, the construction of group/national identities and the role of Pre-Columbian art in the western imagination. Her dissertation, "Constructing the Pre-Columbian Past in Colonial Peru: History, Legitimacy, and Paintings of the Inca Dynasty," examines the role of depictions of Peru's Inca past during the colonial period (1534-1824), looking particularly at how painted series of the Pre-Columbian Inca rulers served to advance the political agendas of the Spanish colonial administration, the indigenous elites, and Peru's creoles. Her research has been supported by fellowships from the Metropolitan Museum of Art in New York and Dumbarton Oaks Research Library in Washington, D.C.