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Betty Hensellek

Ph.D. Student in History of Art


My research interests revolve around the material culture of Central Asia in the first millennium CE. My doctoral dissertation “Interweaving Steppe and State with Silk: the Age of the Polychrome Kaftan in Late Antique Central Eurasia” investigates the emergence, development and sustained consumption of a peculiar garment type across the vastly different socio-political landscapes of Eurasia from ca. 400-1000.
I received a BA in Art History and a BFA in Fine Arts from the University of Cincinnati (2011) and my MA with distinction from the Institute of Fine Arts, New York University (2013).  From 2014-2015 I was a DAAD Gastdoktorandin at the Seminar für Orientalische Archäologie und Kunstgeschichte, Martin-Luther-Universität Halle-Wittenberg, Germany. This year I am based in St. Petersburg, Russia for dissertation research and in the upcoming 2017-2018 year I will be an Art History Fellow at the Metropolitan Museum of Art, New York.



  • Archaeology Program
  • History of Art and Visual Studies