A graduate of the College of William and Mary and the Winterthur Program in American Material Culture at the University of Delaware, Philippe Halbert studies the Atlantic world and the colonial Americas. His dissertation, which has received support from The Historic New Orleans Collection’s Dianne Woest Fellowship in the Arts and Humanities, a Global South Research Grant from the New Orleans Center for the Gulf South at Tulane University, and the Society of Architectural Historians as well as Yale, explores the art and material culture of creole identity in French and Spanish Louisiana. He specifically considers how bodily adornment and attention to physical appearance both fueled and reflected competing bids for distinction and supremacy between indigenous peoples of the Lower Mississippi Valley, European immigrants and Euro-Louisianans, and free and enslaved Africans.
A co-founder of the Yale French North American Studies Working Group, Philippe also serves as a contributing editor at The Junto, a group blog administered by junior early Americanist scholars and faculty. Deeply committed to the museum field and the public humanities, Philippe has held curatorial positions at institutions including the Colonial Williamsburg Foundation, the musée du Louvre, the Philadelphia Museum of Art, the J. Paul Getty Museum, and the Yale University Art Gallery. He has taught courses and field studies for the National Institute of American History and Democracy at William and Mary and Historic Deerfield, and most recently contributed to the forthcoming Getty Publications catalogue, Rococo Ébénisterie at the J. Paul Getty Museum.