Christine Sellin, Ph.D.
Associate Professor of Art History and Interim Chair (Spring 2013)
Christine Petra Sellin specializes in the religious art, literature, and narrative imagination of the early modern northern Netherlands. Sellin completed her Ph.D. in art history at UCLA and B.A. degree in English literature at UC Berkeley.
In addition to articles, Sellin has produced several books: Fractured Families and Rebel Maidservants: The Biblical Hagar in Seventeenth Century Dutch Art and Literature (Continuum Books/T&T Clark, 2006); Crossing Boundaries and Transforming Identities ( Nodus Publikationen, 2011); and From Unholy to Holy: the Four Female Ancestors of Jesus Christ in the Gospel of Matthew, (Ruth Mellinkoff Publications, 2010).
Sellin was recently elected a research associate of UCLA's Center for Medieval and Renaissance Studies and an editorial board member of the Canadian Association for the Advancement of Netherlandic Studies. She has served as President of the American Association for Netherlandic Studies (2008-12), board member and president of the Renaissance Conference of Southern California Association, (2007-12), and board member for the Netherland-America Foundation (NAF-SCC, 2006-12).
Sellin's academic studies build on expertise in several realms of visual culture: arts journalism, museum administration, and professional filmmaking (motion pictures, television, music videos, commercials). She has produced major visual effects projects, involving digital, video, and traditional techniques: blue screen/green screen; cel, computer and video animation; pyro-technics; matte painting; stop-motion and motion-control photography; models and miniatures; and film restoration. Film and computer-generated elements were composited optically (traditionally) and digitally; film formats included IMAX, 65mm, Vista Vision, 35mm, and 16mm. Sellin's screen credits include Ghost (1990), Batman Returns (1992), and Pee Wee's Playhouse (seasons 1986-87), among other projects.
Sellin is the university's faculty athletic representative for intercollegiate athletics and faculty mentor for the Regals' basketball team.
2003 Doctor of Philosophy in Art History, UCLA
- Dissertation Thesis: "’Uitgedreven en door Godts Engel geredt’: The Biblical Hagar and Ishmael in 17th Century Netherlandish Painting and Literature"
- Major Specialization: 17th Century Netherlandish Art
- Minor Specialization: Italian Renaissance Art
- Advanced to Candidacy 2/26/01. Degree award date: 4/28/03.
1999 Masters of Arts in Art History, UCLA
- Master's Thesis: “Portrayals of the Expulsion of Hagar and Ishmael in 17th Century Dutch Painting”
- Major Specialization: Baroque/Renaissance Art
- Minor Specializations: Southeast Asian; contemporary art.
1983 Bachelor of Arts, English Literature, UC Berkeley
- Senior Thesis: “Art, Women, and Creation in James Joyce’s "Ulysses'”
(nominee, English Department annual senior thesis award, Spring 1982)
- Member, Alpha Mu Gamma Honor Society (1981-83)
- Member, "1,000+ Point Club" (total career points scored), Cal Women's Basketball Team; starting center 1979-82; team captain 1980-81.
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