Christine Petra Sellin, Ph.D.
Professor and Chair, Art Department
Christine Petra Sellin specializes in the religious art history, literature, and narrative imagination of the early modern Netherlands. She completed her Ph.D. in art history at UCLA and B.A. degree in English literature at UC Berkeley.
In addition to scholarly articles, reviews and translations, Professor Sellin has produced several books: Fractured Families and Rebel Maidservants: The Biblical Hagar in Seventeenth Century Dutch Art and Literature; From Unholy to Holy: the Four Female Ancestors of Jesus Christ in the Gospel of Matthew; and Crossing Boundaries and Transforming Identities: New Perspectives in Netherlandic Studies.
Sellin's current research deals with church architecture and decoration in Kananga, Kasai Occidental Province, the Congo. With Africanist Elisabeth Cameron, Ph.D. (UC Santa Cruz), Sellin traces developments from the colonial past to the present.
Sellin is 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.
Professor Sellin is honored to be the faculty mentor of CLU's 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
2015 Exhibition Review. "Spectacular Rubens: the Triumph of the Eucharist at the J. Paul Getty Museum, Los Angeles", (solicited) College Art Association Reviews, A. Gilbert and D. Raskin, eds. (http://www.caareviews.org/reviewers/2147). August.
2012 Book review. Matthias Hüning, Jan Konst, Tanja Holzhey (eds.), Neerlandistiek in Europa. Bijdragen tot de geschiedenis van de universitaire neerlandistiek buiten Nederland en Vlaanderen (solicited). BMGN: Low Countries Historical Review, The Hague, vol. 127, March (http://www.bmgn-lchr.nl/index.php/bmgn/article/view/URN:NBN:NL:UI:10-1-109781).
2011 Crossing Boundaries and Transforming Identities: New Perspectives in Netherlandic Studies (co-edited with M. Lacy Bruijn). Publications of the American Association for Netherlandic Studies, Münster: Nodus Publikationen.
2011 Guest editor, Dutch Crossing: A Journal of Low Countries Studies(Fall issue), Association for Low Countries Studies in Great Britain. Leeds: Maney Publishing.
2011 Guest editor, Dutch Crossing: A Journal of Low Countries Studies (Summer issue), Association for Low Countries Studies in Great Britain. Leeds: Maney Publishing.
2011 Translation. Yvonne Bleyerveld, “A Perfect Means of Communication: Allegorical Prints with Moral and Religious Messages Invented by Willem van Haecht”, in Bart Ramakers (ed.) Understanding Art in Antwerp. Classiciszing the Popular, Popularizing the Classic (1540-1580), Groningen: Groningen Studies in Cultural Change 45, pp. 93-107.
2010 From Unholy to Holy: The Four Female Ancestors of Jesus Christ In the Gospel of Matthew (co-authored with Ruth Mellinkoff), Ruth Mellinkoff Publications, Los Angeles.
2009 “Chin-Chucks and Transparent Veils: The Biblical Judah and Tamar (Gen. 38) in Early Modern Netherlandish Art and Literature”, History in Dutch Studies, ed., M. Lacy (Publications of the American Association for Netherlandic Studies). Münster: Nodus Publikationen, pp. 209-219.
2008 “Abraham as ‘Polygamist’?: Theological, Literary and Artistic Developments in 16th and 17th century Netherlandish Culture”(solicited), History in Dutch Studies, ed. M. Lacy (Publications of the American Association for Netherlandic Studies), Münster: Nodus Publikationen, pp. 201-212.
2006 Fractured Families and Rebel Maidservants: The Biblical Hagar in Seventeenth Century Dutch Art and Literature. New York/London: T&T Clark/Continuum Books.
2003 "The Biblical Hagar and Ishmael in Seventeenth-Century Netherlandish Painting and Conceptions of Family and Community,” History in Dutch Studies, ed. M. Lacy (Publications of the American Association for Netherlandic Studies), Lanham: University Press of America, pp. 181-196.
1997 "The Making of 'Che!': The Demythification of an Icon," in D. Kunzle, ed., Che Guevara: Icon, Myth and Message, Los Angeles: UCLA Fowler Museum of Cultural History, pp. 98-103.