- Photographic albums, collections and archives
- Italian Risorgimento
- Identity and Nationalism
- History of anthropology
- "Alessandro Pavia's 'Album dei Mille': Collection, Archive, and National Identity during the Italian Risorgimento", in History of Photography, vol. 41, 2017.
Nicole Coffineau is a Ph.D. candidate in the History of Art and
Architecture at the University of Pittsburgh, where she studies European
modern art, the history of photography, and the history of archives and
collections under the advisement of Josh Ellenbogen. Her dissertation
on Italian photography between 1860 and 1909 considers practices of
collecting and archiving during and after the Risorgimento that engage
with identity, nationalism, and viewership along the lines of
connoisseurship, expertise, travel, art-historical patrimony, and
positivist philosophy. In 2015, Nicole received her MA degree from the
University of Pittsburgh for her thesis, Alessandro Pavia's 'Album dei Mille' as a Collection and as an Archive,
which traces the production of the album and the modes of viewership
that it deploys by comparatively analyzing its functions as a collection
and as an archive. Nicole received her first MA degree in the
Humanities from the University of Chicago in 2011 for her thesis, Psycho Ethics: Douglas Gordon and Social-Technic Perception,
under the advisement of Patrick Jagoda. This thesis explores Gordon's
video works from the 1990s in the context of contemporary media theory.
In 2008, Nicole received her BA in Art History from Virginia Polytechnic
Institute and University.