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Janine Yorimoto Boldt


Research Interests: American Art History, American Visual and Material Culture, Colonial Arts of the Americas, Eighteeth-century British Art, Histories of Collecting, Portraiture, Mobility, Prints, Family Studies


Janine Boldt is a Ph.D. candidate in American Studies. Her dissertation, "The Art of Plantation Authority: Domestic Portraiture in Colonial Virginia," explores the ways family portraiture constructed social, racial, and gendered hierarchies in a plantation society from Bacon's Rebellion to the American Revolution. It interrogates portraiture as a tool of creole expression and resistance while considering (im)mobility, materiality, and the spaces of display with a transatlantic perspective.

Her research has been generously supported by The Colonial Williamsburg Foundation, the Virginia Historical Society, MESDA, and The College of William & Mary. 


M.A., American Studies, The College of William & Mary, 2013
M.A. Thesis, "To draw pleasure and instruction": Robert Gilmor, Jr. and Collecting the Early Republic, M.A. Thesis, 2012
B.A., History and Art History & Visual Culture, Michigan State University, 2011

Selected Professional Experiences

Assistant Director, Keio University/W&M Cross-Cultural Collaboration (2016)
Classroom Instructor, Keio University/W&M Cross-Cultural Collaboration (2015)
Mellon Foundation Curatorial Intern (Paintings, Drawings, Prints, and Maps), The Colonial Williamsburg Foundation, Williamsburg, Virginia (2013-2014)
Intern, Mariners' Museum, Newport News, Virginia (2012-2013)
Editorial Assistant, Book Reviews, The William & Mary Quarterly, Williamsburg, Virginia (2011-2012)
Intern, The Michigan Women's Hall of Fame & Historical Center, Lansing, Michigan (2011)

Courses Taught

AMST 470/ARTH489 Art in Motion: Mobility, Materiality, Modernity (Spring 2016)
ARTH 330 Art & Ecology, Teaching Assistant (Spring 2015)