John Webley

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Second Year
Joint Studies: History of Art and Slavic Languages and Literature

John Webley is a joint PhD student in Slavic Languages and Literature and History of Art. His current research focuses on Orientalist discourse in 19th century Russia, particularly poems, paintings, and travelogues depicting Central Asia and British India. John holds a BA in Russian and Art History from Sarah Lawrence College, an MSt from Oxford in Classical Archaeology, and an MA from Columbia in Art History, where he wrote his thesis on the representation of jewelry in Franz Xaver Winterhalter’s royal portraits. Prior to enrolling at Yale, John worked as a Curatorial Associate at the Dahesh Museum of Art, where he helped to catalogue their permanent collection of Academic art.