Graduate Student Profiles




Margaret Bennetto
MA (Art History)

I grew up in a small farming community outside of London, Ontario. I completed my BA at the University of Waterloo, Classical Studies (major) and Anthropology (minor) (2003-2007). I graduated from the Museum Management and Curatorship program at Sir Sandford Fleming College (2008). I have five years of experience in curatorial research, exhibition development, and collections management from various institutions including the Canadian Museum of Civilization (HIstory + Ethnology), City of Ottawa Archives and Nepean Museum. Currently interested in contemporary art events/festivals and contemporary Aboriginal art. Email address:

Margaret is also the artist behind our beautiful header image: Margo Bennetto, Untitled (Art Battle), acrylic, 2014.

Amy Bruce
MA (Art History)

Cayllan Cassavia
MA (Art History)

Maxine Compean
MA (Art History)

I am originally from Mexico City. I did my undergraduate degree at Carleton University with a double major in Philosophy and Art History with a minor in Italian. My current research interests include Spanish and Mexican Baroque ecclesiastical architecture and sculpture. Email address is

Andrew Gayed
MA (Art History)

Born in Toronto, Andrew is currently an Ottawa-based artist expressing his political freedom through artistic expression and accademic research. Completing his Bachelor of Fine Arts in Visual Arts with a Minor in Women’s and Gender studies, themes of race, displacement, and sexuality are foundational in his practice. Currently an MA Candidate in Art History at Carleton University, his dissertation investigates Middle Eastern Contemporary Art and the Queer political work that is coming from the North American Diaspora. This includes Middle Eastern artists (such as himself) working from Canada and the United States, creating political work surrounding sexuality; focusing on the Diaspora is particularly interesting because of the different human rights afforded to the artists in North America versus that of their native country from which many are in exile. Andrew can be contacted at, or by visiting his Website,

Sachi Hirono
MA (Art History)

I am from Tokyo, Japan. I have BA in Philosophy with a minor in Fine Art from the University of Portland (Oregon, U.S.A.)and received my second BA in Paper Conservation from Camberwell College of Arts (London, U.K.). I have completed an MA in Conservation Science with research on iron-gall ink on paper material from Tokyo University of the Arts. I have been working as a paper conservator and conservation research assistant in various institutions in Tokyo, and I also completed an advanced conservation internship in Washington D.C. My graduate studies at Carleton focuses on art/heritage conservation links with a narrative/representation of public monuments with negative past. Email address:

Elizabeth Johnston
MA (Art History)

Allen Ley
MA (Art History), 1st year

I am originally from Halifax, Nova Scotia. I have an honours Bachelor of Arts in Art History from Carleton University in Ottawa. My research interests are art and photographic theory, and their intersections with the discipline of memory studies. Email address:

Kristyn Rolanty
MA (Art History)

I am originally from Georgetown, Ontario. I completed a Bachelor of Arts in Sociocultural Anthropology from Western University and a Post-Degree Minor in Art History and Criticism from Western. My research pursuits consider the museological display of culturally sensitive indigenous artifacts and collaborative curatorial practices. I am also interested in museum policy with regards to intellectual property rights and the rights to traditional knowledge. I will be completing my thesis under the supervision of Dr. Ruth Phillips. Email address:

Mike Steinhauer
MA (Art History)

As part of my undergraduate studies, I spent two semesters in Florence, Italy, where I studied art history and conservation at the Studio Art Centers International. I graduated from the University of Alberta, Edmonton, with a Bachelor of Arts in history of art and visual culture with a French language and literature minor. I have also completed, with honours, the Applied Museum Studies Program at Algonquin College, Ottawa. Over the past ten years, I’ve had the opportunity to work for a number of cultural organizations including the Bytown Museum and the National Gallery of Canada. My graduate work focuses on the visual record of the Library of Parliament—the architectural drawings, sketches, paintings and photographs produced between 1859 and 1927. Email address:

Rebecca Sullivan
MA (Art History)

I am originally from North Bay, ON. I did my undergrad at Nipissing University in North Bay and I majored in English Studies and minored in Fine Arts. The genre I am currently interested in for my research is Contemporary Aboriginal Art. I’d like to focus on Kent Monkman’s work, specifically his nineteenth-century-Canadian inspired paintings. Email address:

Laura Wylie
MA (Art History)