Associate Professor

Tania String came to UNC in Fall 2010 from the University of Bristol, where she was a Senior Lecturer in the History of Art. She specializes in the art and culture of Early Modern Europe, with particular interest in Henry VIII’s England. Dr String is engaged with ideas about the efficacy of art as propaganda, a topic explored in her book Art and Communication in the Reign of Henry VIII (Ashgate: 2008). Issues of gender are the primary focus of her current book project on masculinity and the male body in Renaissance art.

Dr. String is a Fellow of the Society of Antiquaries of London and was the Kress Doctoral Fellow at the Warburg Institute in London. She has been a historical consultant for the BBC and for Historic Royal Palaces at Hampton Court. Before leaving England she was involved in curating two exhibitions with the National Portrait Gallery in London: ‘On the Nature of Women’: Tudor and Jacobean Portraits of Women, 1535–1620 and Imagined Lives: Mystery Portraits from the National Gallery, 1520–1640. She is the co-editor of an interdisciplinary study entitled Tudorism: Historical Imagination and the Appropriation of the Sixteenth Century (Proceedings of the British Academy, Oxford University Press: 2011). She has received research funding from the UK’s Arts and Humanities Research Council, The Paul Mellon Centre for Studies in British Art, and the Samuel H. Kress Foundation.

Contact Dr. String at tcstring@email.unc.edu