Kayla Kane is a first-year M.A. student researching the art history of archaeology, or how the visual products of archaeological research—especially illustrated books—have informed contemporary visual culture in Europe and the United States since ca. 1750. She holds a BA in art history from Wellesley College, where her senior thesis analyzed the reception of Palmyra in eighteenth-century Europe. Her studies at Columbia are funded by a Wellesley College Graduate Fellowship and Mary Clothier Slade Art History Fellowship.
Outside of Columbia, she works for the Penn Cultural Heritage Center, where she coordinates the Cultural Property Experts On Call Program, a partnership with the U.S. Department of State that helps identify cultural property in federal investigations. In addition, as a freelance copy editor and proofreader, she edits publications and interpretive exhibition texts for academic and museum clients.