Dr. Mia Reinoso Genoni
Dean of Westhampton College
Associate Dean of the School of Arts and Sciences
Courses Taught Art and Architecture of the Early Italian Renaissance Contemporary Art & Architecture: Gender, Ethnicity, & Beyond Gothic Architecture and Design: Exploring Medieval Modernism Museum Studies: Site-Specific Art and Installation Survey of Western Art I: Caves to Cathedrals Survey of Western Art II: Trecento to Today
Mia Reinoso Genoni became the dean of Westhampton College and associate dean of the School of Arts and Sciences, effective July 1, 2016.

Genoni began her career teaching in the University of Richmond's Department of Art and Art History from 2005 to 2007. She then served as visiting assistant professor at the College of Visual and Performing Arts at the Kutztown University of Pennsylvania before joining Yale as the Mellon Special Collections Humanities Postdoctoral Fellow from 2008 to 2010, during which time she created a series of interrelated exhibitions around the campus. From 2010-2016 she served as the John B. Madden Dean of Berkeley College at Yale, and from 2015-16 she concurrently held the role of Director of Undergraduate Housing for the university.  Throughout her time at Yale she taught and advised students in History of Art and Humanities, as well as taught veterans through The Warrior-Scholar Project, helping prepare them to begin or return to college.

Genoni received her Master of Arts and Doctor of Philosophy in History of Art and Archaeology from the Institute of Fine Arts, New York University, and her Bachelor of Arts from Harvard University, with a joint concentration in Fine Arts (History of Art and Architecture) and English and American Literature and Language.

She has received notable awards and fellowships for her scholarship and teaching, including being named Alpha Chi Omega Professor of the Semester at Richmond in 2007. Her scholarly interests include ways in which we build and structure society; the creation of joyful and welcoming communities and spaces; communication and representation of the self, especially in relation to genders, ethnicities, sexualities, and beyond; inclusion and the celebration of difference; and examinations of power and personal identity. She has numerous published articles and is a sought-after presenter at universities, conferences and community venues.

Westhampton College is one of University of Richmond’s coordinate colleges focusing on undergraduate students. The College’s core goal is fostering and maintaining students as scholars and leaders.

Grants and Fellowships
Mellon Special Collections Humanities Postdoctoral Fellow, Yale University, 2008-2010
Whitney Humanities Center Fellow, Yale University, 2008-2010
Scott Opler Study Tour Fellowship for “Unveiling Southern Italian Architecture: Naples and Campania from Antiquity through the 18th Century,” SAH, 2008

Institute of Fine Arts, New York University, New York, NY
Fellowships in Support:
Bernard Berenson Fellowship for Studies in Renaissance Art, 2000-2006
McAfee Foundation Fellowship, 1998-2006
Institute of Fine Arts Alumni Fellowship for Dissertation Research, 2004
Jean B. Rosenwald Memorial Fellowship for Dissertation Research, 2004
Robert L.H. Chambers Memorial Fellowship for Dissertation Research, 2004
Benjamin Sonnenberg Fellowship, 2003-2004
Lila Acheson Wallace Fellowship for Studies in Modern Art, 1999-2000
Theodore Rousseau Fellowship, 1998-1999


Rare Book School Full-Tuition Scholarship, RBS, University of Virginia, 2010
Scott Opler Grant for Emerging Professionals, Society of Architectural Historians, 2008
Alpha Chi Omega Professor of the Semester, University of Richmond, 2007

Institute of Fine Arts, New York University, New York, NY
“Filarete in Word and Image: Persuasion and Invention in the Architettonico libro.”
Master’s Theses:
“Myth, Method & Monument: The Unnatural History of the Palimpsest Wall of the Palazzo Vecchio.”
“The Sign Painter: Caillebotte’s Visual Responses to Contemporary Critics.”

Harvard University, Cambridge, MA
Honors Thesis:
“‘Perhaps There’s No Other’: Repositioning Identity and Identification in the Works of Samuel Beckett and Lorna Simpson (Through Each’s Other).” Summa cum laude.
Selected Awards:
Thomas Temple Hoopes Prize for Excellence in Theses, 1997
Joseph Pulitzer, Jr. Grant for Thesis Research in Art History, 1996-1997

“Bodies Foreign and Familiar: Encounters between Old and ‘New’ Worlds in the Yale Collections,” Sutton Trust Masterclass, Yale University, July 2015; also given at Rector’s Tea, Yale-NUS Summer Orientation, Yale University, July 2013.

“Before and after de Tocqueville: Americana and National Identity,” Discussion with primary sources in Beinecke Rare Book and Manuscript Library, The Warrior-Scholar Project, Yale University, June 2013.

“Communicating Architecture and Design: Why Francesco di Giorgio Martini Illustrated His Trattati di archittetura ingegneria e arte militare,” Gallery Talk for “The Power of Pictures” exhibition at the Beinecke Rare Book and Manuscript Library, Yale University, Oct. 2013.

“By Draught and Design: England, Architecture, and Identity.” Exhibition Curator, Robert B. Haas Family Arts Library, Yale University, May-July 2010.

“Invented Bodies: Shapely Constructs of the Early Modern,” Exhibition Curator, Whitney Humanities Center, Yale University, March-June 2010. Gallery Talk, International Festival of Arts and Ideas, June 2010.

“Observation & Judgment in the Humanities,” co-organizer of symposium, Yale University, March 2010; presented “Seeing Understanding: Vision and Revision in the Renaissance Invention of the Architectural Treatise.”

“Staging History in An Allegory of the Tudor Succession,” Art in Context Gallery Talk, Yale Center for British Art, Oct. 2009.

“The Utopian Impulse,” Exhibition Curator, Memorabilia Room, Sterling Memorial Library, Yale University, June-Sept. 2009. Gallery Talk, International Festival of Arts and Ideas, June 2009. “The Utopian Impulse: Constructing the Ideal in Early Modern England and the Americas,” Lecture, July 2009.

“To See and Understand: Word and Image as Persuasion in Filarete’s Architettonico libro,” Lecture, Medieval-Renaissance Forum, Yale University, March 2009.

Guest Judge, Plein Air Festival, Pennsylvania Council on the Arts, Boyertown, PA, July 2008.

“Why Renaissance Art Matters Today,” for Virginia State Quest Seminar Lecture Series on “What Moves Us?” University of Richmond, VA, Oct. 2006.

“Collect/Recollect,” Memorial Lecture in Honor of Pinkney Near, Chief Curator Emeritus of the
Virginia Museum of Fine Arts, art6 gallery, Richmond, VA, Oct. 2004.

Professional Experience
John B. Madden Dean of Berkeley College and Lecturer, History of Art and Humanities (2010-2016)
Chief adviser for student and academic affairs matters to over 460 students, including Eli Whitney (non-traditional); first contact for majority of urgent situations. Work closely with college master and colleagues across campus. Responsibilities include all student affairs and academic advising, handling issues of campus climate and alcohol and other policies, housing, supporting individual and community well-being, and advising for Executive Committee (disciplinary) and University-Wide Committee on Sexual Misconduct proceedings. Oversee Freshman Counselors; developed new mentorship and Big Sib/Lil Sib program. Help design, evaluate, and refine major student affairs initiatives for Yale. Committees include Freshman Orientation, Title IX Steering Committee, Committee on Honors and Academic Standing, and Faculty Committee on Athletics. Teach and advise in History of Art and Humanities.
Director of Undergraduate Housing, Yale College Dean's Office (2015-2016)
Oversee housing for over 4900; set and implement policy, as well as handle urgent situations and adjudicate exceptional requests. Spearheading initiatives on LGBTQ needs and gender neutral housing. Meet with Yale College Council. Helped host 2015 Ivy Plus Housing Conference.
Assistant Dean for Summer Projects, Yale College Dean's Office (Summer 2015)
Handled all student affairs matters, including advising individual students, initiating revision of correspondence to use gender-neutral language, mentoring and training new deans, working on Freshman Orientation and Freshman Counselor training, assessing and adjudicating exceptional requests, helping to update the Undergraduate Regulations, and handling urgent situations.
Residential College Dean Summer Project, Yale College Dean's Office (Summer 2015)
Worked on student and academic affairs issues, including reviewing new UWC procedures and alcohol policies, revising Freshman Counselor training, and updating Undergraduate Regulations.
Professor, The Warrior-Scholar Project, Yale University (2015-2016)
Teach critical thinking through literature, art, and architecture to veterans preparing for college.
Mellon Special Collections Humanities Postdoctoral Fellow, Whitney Humanities Center Fellow, and Lecturer, History of Art and Special Programs in the Humanities (2008-2010)
Duties included teaching, curating, and campus and community talks.
The College of Visual and Performing Arts, Kutztown University of Pennsylvania, PA, Visiting Assistant Professor of Art History (2007-2008)
(Renaissance and Baroque); 4-4 teaching load.
Department of Art and Art History, University of Richmond, VA (2005-2007)
Visiting Instructor of Art History (Sabbatical Replacement: Medieval and Modern, 2006-7);
Adjunct Instructor of Art History (Maternity Replacement: Renaissance and Baroque, 2005). Courses cross-listed with Women, Gender, and Sexuality Studies or Art; 4-4 teaching load.
Institutional Service
Yale University, Student Affairs Committee Work, 2010-present
Freshman Orientation Committee, 2010-present: Subcommittees include: developing Yale Up! (school spirit event); developing Mosaic (diversity event); Freshman Counselor Training; Academic Advising
Faculty Committee on Athletics, 2013-present
Title IX Steering Committee/Campus Resource Team (Yale CRT), 2015-present
Student Affairs Management Team, 2015
Council of Masters College and Performing Arts Committee, 2013-15
Communication and Consent Educators Freshman Workshop Planning Committee, 2011-13
Council of Masters Services Committee, 2010-12
Committee on Resources for People with Disabilities, 2010-12
Subcommittee on Technology, 2010-12

Yale University, Academic Affairs Committee Work, 2010-present
Committee on Honors and Academic Standing, 2013-present
Mortimer Hays-Brandeis Traveling Fellowship for the Arts Committee, 2010-12; 2013-present
Yale Degree Audit Committee, testing software for students to check academic progress, 2013-15
Woodbridge Fellowship Committee, 2014-15
Sophomore Advising Committee (one-time meeting), 2014
Marshall, Mitchell, and Rhodes Fellowship Committee, 2011-14
Committee to Review the Special Divisional Major (one-time meeting), 2013

Yale University, Other Service, 2010-present
Athletics, 2010-present
Meet with recruits and families individually and at recruitment dinners; Initiated and led discussion at Coaches’ Meeting on academic matters in 2013; Initiated and led discussion of
Freshman Orientation matters, on behalf of the Committee, at Coaches’ Meetings in 2015.
Mentorship and Advising, 2011-present
Co-Lead Freshman Adviser Training Sessions; Help mentor new residential college and cultural
center deans in student affairs matters; Lead Freshman Counselor Training sessions in student and academic affairs.
Admissions, 2011-present
Serve on Admissions Committees in fall and spring; Served on Eli Whitney (non-traditional)
Students Admissions Committee in 2015; Co-host Receptions for Students during Bulldog Days in Berkeley College; Residential College Dean for Boston Accepted Students Meeting in 2013;
Residential College Dean on Bulldog Days Panel in 2010.
Outreach, 2010-present
For Alumni, 2010-present: Created and lead Berkeley College Recent Grad/Senior Night in New
York City; Co-host Berkeley Alumni events; Served on “Yale Today” Reunion Panel, Classes
of 1971, 1972 & 1973 (the first to graduate women) in 2015
Meetings with Rectors and Vice-Rectors in planning and early stages of Yale-NUS, 2012-present
Discussion with Dartmouth President on Yale’s Residential College system in 2013
Discuss role and authority of Residential College Dean on variety of panels, 2011-present:
Graduate Teaching Panels; New Faculty Orientation Panel in 2013; “Undergraduates at Yale”
Panel in 2013; Freshman Move-In Day Panel in 2012; and Family Weekend Panel in 2011
Led Teaching with Technology Seminar: “Teaching with Google Earth & ARTstor” in 2010

College of Visual and Performing Arts, Service and Committee Work, 2007-8
Rohrbach Library Systems Strategic Planning Committee
Third Annual Women of Color Summit, PSSHE (Pennsylvania State System of Higher
Education) Faculty Representative

University of Richmond, Service and Committee Work, 2005-7
Co-organizer of Post-Soul Lecture and Performance Series, grant-funded, 2006-2007
Organizer of new interdisciplinary lecture series, grant-funded, 2005-2007
Committee for Implementing Digital Image Technology, 2005-2006

Additional Publications
Ideal, Real, and “New” Worlds: Architecture, Utopia, and Empire in Early Modern England (1476-1776), web exhibition with student contributions, Yale University Library, forthcoming.

“The Fashioning of Elizabeth I: Power and Propaganda in the Two Versions of An Allegory of the Tudor Succession (National Museum of Wales and Yale Center for British Art),” in progress.

Entries for the Encyclopedia of Identity, Visual Arts & Cultural Studies Volume, SAGE Publications: “Architecture, Sites & Spaces,” “The History of Otherness,” and “Renaissance Art,” 2010.

“Vedere e ’ntendere: Word and Image as Persuasion in Filarete’s Architettonico libro.” Architettura e Umanesimo: Nuovi studi su Filarete, Arte lombarda 155, no. 1 (2009): 23-38.

“Rhythm and Flow.” Review of Why Architecture Matters, by Paul Goldberger. New Haven Advocate, Oct. 22, 2009, 27.

Review of Die Renaissance der Architekten: Profession und Souveränität des Baukünstlers in Giorgio Vasaris Viten, by Matteo Burioni. Renaissance Quarterly 62, no. 2 (Sum. 2009): 530-1.

“Report: Unveiling Southern Italian Architecture: Naples and Campania from Antiquity through the 18th Century,” SAH News 70, no. 4 (Aug./Sept. 2008): 1-7.

Official blog for SAH Study Tour “Unveiling Southern Italian Architecture,” 2008: http://sahinternational.blogspot.com/search?q=genoni.

“‘Perhaps There’s No Other’: Envisioning Identity in the Works of Samuel Beckett and Lorna Simpson,” Envisioning: Studies in Image and Idiom, SUNY Binghamton (peer-reviewed), 2002.

Head Researcher for Boston’s Museum of Afro-American History’s contribution to Dictionary Catalog of the Collection of African American Literature in the Mildred F. Sawyer Library of Suffolk University, by Edward Clark (Boston, 1996).

Ph.D., Institute of Fine Arts, New York University 2007
History of Art and Archaeology
M.A., Institute of Fine Arts, New York University 2000
History of Art and Archaeology
A.B., Harvard University 1997
Fine Arts (History of Art and Architecture), English and American Literature and Language
Contact Information
804-289-8004 (Fax)