Jimena Berzal de Dios, PhD

She/her, Professor


“You will ever remember that all the end of study is to make you a good man and a useful citizen.”

– John Adams


I am excited to have the opportunity of being a contributor to your experience and success here at WWU!

I'm originally from Spain and have been in the US since 2000. I hold a PhD in art history from the Ohio State University and a BA/MA in philosophy from City University of New York, Queens College. I came to Western in 2014, and I teach early modern art history courses (Renaissance, Baroque, Rococo) as well as aesthetics, theory, and historiography. As a teacher, I'm always interested in fomenting dialogue in the classroom and exploring artworks and ideas in depth. In my classes, my goal is to embrace art in a sophisticated, but not pedantic way. My research and writing explores notions of reception, civic engagement, and the afterlives of artworks.

When I'm not teaching and researching, I enjoy music of all genres, cooking, board games, reading non-fiction, and writing.



Visual Experiences in Cinquecento Theatrical Spaces. University of Toronto Press, 2019.


Peer-Reviewed Articles

“An Epistolary Education,” Electronic Sixteenth Century Journal – Early Modern Classroom Supplement 51, no. S1 (2020): 65-70.

“Chthonic Restitutions: Madness and Oblivion.” SubStance 49, no. 3 (2020):3-18

“Uccello’s Fluttering Monument to Hawkwood, with Schwob and Artaud.” diacritics 44, no. 2 (2016):86-103

“Velázquez’s Democritus: Global Disillusion and the Critical Hermeneutics of a Smile.” Renaissance and Reformation / Renaissance et Réforme 39, no. 1 (2016): 35-62

“A Note on Deleuze and Renaissance Art.” SubStance 45, no. 1 (2016): 44-65

​“Conjuring the Concept of Rome: Alterity and Synecdoche in Peruzzi’s Design for La Calandria.” Sixteenth Century Journal 45, no. 1 (2014): 25-50


Curated Shows

Always Look on the Bright Side of Mental Illness. Make.Shift Gallery: Bellingham, February 2020.

Estival Observations: Space, Monument, Thought. Curated show at the Western Gallery: Bellingham, Summer 2018.



​“In the Classroom with Professor Hilail Gildin.” Interpretation: A Journal of Political Philosophy 43, no. 1 (2016):15-17

The Name of the Rose, as yet.” apt, Tenth-Anniversary Issue (Winter 2015). Web.

Slow Teaching.” Art History Teaching Resources. September 2015. Web.

Learning Evolves.” Smarthistory Blog. August 2015. Web.

Palladio and Scamozzi, Teatro Olimpico.” Smarthistory. October 2015. Web.

Andrea Palladio, Villa Rotonda.” Smarthistory. September 2013. Web

The Surrender of Breda by Diego Velázquez.” Smarthistory. May 2013.

Interview with Christopher Atkins, Associate Curator at the Philadelphia Museum of Art and author of The Signature Style of Frans Hals.” The Art Founders Project. January 2013. Web.