Nadia DelMedico

Nadia DelMedico

Graduate Teaching Assistant


Nadia DelMedico is a second-year MA student who assists in ARH 252, ARH 376 and ARH 385. Her graduate research focuses on American art in the long nineteenth century, particularly around ideas of travel, transatlantic exchange, race and identity, and immigrant and expatriate groups.

DelMedico’s thesis discusses the creative relationships between Italian immigrants and free artists of color in nineteenth- and early-twentieth-century New Orleans. More specifically, it examines how Italian immigrants were classified as both white and non-white, how that classification fostered relationships with free artists of color, how those relationships deteriorated in the Jim Crow era, and ultimately, how this shift was reflected in the visual arts.

As an undergraduate art history major at UA, DelMedico was a Randall Research Scholar, initially in biology, but changed to art history. Her undergraduate research focused on the history of slavery on The University of Alabama campus and slavery in Alabama. She has co-presented research with American art historian Dr. Rachel Stephens at the national symposium, “Universities, Slavery, Public Memory, and the Built Landscape,” sponsored by the University of Virginia and the Slave Dwelling Project, where she was the only undergraduate to present.

Selected Presentations

“Eras of Iconography in Manuel Hughes’ ‘Arkansas Memories’ Series,” SECAC, hosted online by Virginia Commonwealth University, December 2020

“Student Perspectives on the Legacy of Slavery at the University of Alabama,” Southern Studies Conference, Auburn University at Montgomery, February 1, 2020

Slavery and its Built Environment at The University of Alabama as Revealed in the Basil Manly Diaries,” co-presented with Dr. Rachel Stephens, Universities, Slavery, Public Memory, and the Built Landscape, symposium, University of Virginia, October 2017

“Too Close to Home: A Visual History of Slavery on The University of Alabama’s Campus,” undergraduate poster session, 22nd Annual Graduate Student Symposium in Art History, The University of Alabama, March 2017