Dr. Vanja Malloy joined the Mead Art Museum at Amherst College as the curator of American art in 2014. She came to Amherst by way of the Metropolitan Museum of Art, where she was the Chester Dale Fellow in the Department of Modern and Contemporary Art. Vanja has a Masters in American Fine and Decorative Art from Sotheby’s Institute of Art and a bachelor’s degree in art history from Duke University. She was awarded a Ph.D. in Art History from The University of London’s Courtauld Institute of Art for her dissertation, "Rethinking Alexander Calder: Astronomy, Relativity, and Psychology,” which explores the intersections of modern art and science and is currently undergoing revision for publication. As the Curator of American Art, Vanja oversees the Mead Art Museum's program for American art, including researching the collection, developing exhibitions, authoring scholarly publications, and proposing new acquisitions. In addition, she oversees a forthcoming multiple-author catalogue of the museum's flagship collections of American paintings and sculpture.