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Julia McHugh

Adjunct Assistant Professor of Art, Art History & Visual Studies
Art, Art History & Visual Studies
Box 90732, Durham, NC 27708
2001 Campus Dr., Durham, NC 27705
Office hours By appointment  


Julia K. McHugh, Ph.D., is the Trent A. Carmichael Director of Academic Initiatives and Curator of Arts of the Americas at the Nasher Museum of Art at Duke University. In this position, she oversees the museum's holdings of ancient and colonial art from across the Americas and develops exhibitions and interdisciplinary collaborations with Duke faculty, students, and staff. She also serves as Adjunct Assistant Professor of Art History and directs the Museum Theory and Practice concentration. McHugh specializes in ancient and colonial Peruvian art and earned her Ph.D. in Art History from the University of California, Los Angeles. Prior to the Nasher, she was the Douglass Foundation Fellow in American Art at The Metropolitan Museum of Art and a Research Assistant at the Getty Research Institute, where she assisted with the production of Golden Kingdoms: Luxury and Legacy in the Ancient Americas, a major exhibition of Pre-Columbian art. She has also held positions in the curatorial and education departments of the Los Angeles County Museum of Art and the Fine Arts Museums of San Francisco.

Current Appointments & Affiliations

Adjunct Assistant Professor of Art, Art History & Visual Studies · 2019 - Present Art, Art History & Visual Studies, Trinity College of Arts & Sciences

Education, Training & Certifications

University of California, Los Angeles · 2017 Ph.D.