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Karen Christian is an art historian with a PhD from the Institute of Fine Arts, NYU, a former adjunct professor in art history at Baruch College and an auction house professional with 25 years experience.  Her art historical work concentrated on Medieval and Renaissance art, and her career at Christie’s focused on client service and on global service and systems development and training.  At Christie’s she helped create global service standards and conducted training at salerooms around the world.

Natasha Degen is Professor and Chair of Art Market Studies. She earned an AB from Princeton University and a MPhil and PhD from the University of Cambridge, where she studied as a Gates Scholar. She is a recognized writer and critic, having contributed to publications including The New Yorker, The Financial Times, The New York Times, Artforum and frieze, and serves as a member of the Editorial Board for the Journal for Art Market Studies. Among other prizes, she received a $30,000 art criticism award from the Andy Warhol Foundation and a Luce Scholarship which sent her to Beijing for a year. She edited The Market (MIT Press, 2013), an interdisciplinary anthology tracing the art market's interaction with contemporary practice. 

Mari Dumett is an arts writer, art historian and curator, having received a BA from Indiana University, a MA from the University of British Columbia, and a PhD from Boston University. She teaches in the History of Art department and Graduate Studies with a focus on contemporary art in a global context. Her writing on art and culture has appeared in journals and exhibition catalogs, and her book Corporate Imaginations: Fluxus Strategies for Living was published by the University of California Press in 2017. She won a 2015 Meiss/Mellon Author’s Book Award. 

Thomas Foley is an administrative law judge who previously held attorney positions in arbitration, mediation and civil litigation, representing parties in areas including art law, real estate, personal injury and class action. Foley's teaching focuses on art law in areas such as copyright and art, gallery ethics and relationships, and warranties of authenticity, etc. Foley is a mediator/arbitrator on the Court of Arbitration for Art (CAfA) and a member of the Art Law Committee of the New York City Bar Association. He holds a LLM from Trinity College, Dublin and an MA in Art Business from Sotheby's Institute of Art, New York.

Evie T. Joselow is an independent fine art appraiser who brings more than 30 years of wide-ranging experience to corporate, institutional, and private clients seeking appraisals of artworks and decorative objects. As an art historian, curator, and expert researcher and consultant, she has extensive knowledge of art history, art markets, and collecting trends. In addition to her appraisal and consulting work,  Joselow has maintained a full roster of teaching, lecturing, and publishing on appraisal practices and topics in modern and contemporary art, architecture and design history. She has taught on the faculties of New York University, Pratt Institute, the New York School of Interior Design, and Sotheby’s Institute of Art. Joselow holds a PhD in Art History from The Graduate Center, City University of New York, a Master of Public Administration from Baruch College, and a BA from Vassar College.

Christina Karahalios is Senior Director of Operations of Hauser & Wirth for New York and Los Angeles, where her responsibilities range from strategic leadership to operations, facilities, and project management (including overseeing the construction of Hauser & Wirth’s new five-story location in Chelsea). She has also led the development of Hauser & Wirth Institute, an independent non-profit. Prior to this, she served as Managing Director of Greene Naftali Gallery from 2012 to 2015. Before transitioning to the commercial sector, she worked for the Solomon R. Guggenheim Museum for eleven years. Brought onboard as a global program analyst, she was promoted five times during her tenure and ultimately advanced to the role of Associate Director, Finance and Operations, Abu Dhabi Project, providing strategic, financial planning, and decision-making support for the Guggenheim Abu Dhabi. She holds a MS in International Affairs from The New School and a BA in Art History from Pace University.

Chad Laird specializes in modern and contemporary art, film and museum studies. He was the recipient of the 2014-2015 SUNY Chancellor's Awards for Excellence in Adjunct Teaching. In addition to teaching in the Art Market Studies MA program and the History of Art undergraduate program at FIT, Laird teaches art history, aesthetics, and design theory at the New York School of Interior Design. He is a co-founder of the Sunview Luncheonette, a community art space in Brooklyn where he is involved in programming. 

Florence Lynch is a New York-based art dealer who works in new markets and travels frequently to Asia as a consultant. She is former Director of Sales and Public Relations at Elizabeth Dee, New York. She also co-owned LYNCH THAM, a contemporary art gallery formerly on the Lower East Side, established in 2013, and was the founder of Florence Lynch Gallery, a contemporary art gallery of international standing previously located in New York’s Chelsea gallery district. Lynch has over 20 years of art world experience, and has worked as an independent curator, critic, and lecturer.

Paul Melton’s work focuses on the forms of knowledge (and their technologies of production) that create value in the art market and that shape broader understandings of and relationships to art. As part of NYU’s Department of Media, Culture, and Communication, where he earned his Ph.D. and was a Javits scholar, he explored cultural representations of the art market in entertainment, education, and regulation and their relationship to neoliberal political rationality and art market financialization. He holds a BA in Spanish and a BS in Mathematics from the University of Kansas, both with departmental honors and the University’s Highest Distinction. Between undergraduate and graduate degrees, he spent over a decade working in communications and market research across five countries and several industries. Prior SUNY-FIT, he taught at NYU’s Stern School of Business and Steinhardt School of Communication, Culture, and Human Development, as well as the Sotheby’s Institute of Art. He has also worked with a number of arts organizations and artists on strategic planning, marketing, and communications projects as an independent consultant and at LaPlaca Cohen.

Alexandra Schwartz is a recognized curator and critic who has taught at Columbia University, the School of Visual Arts, and Sotheby’s Institute of Art. She previously served as the Curator of Contemporary Art for the Montclair Art Museum, the Coordinator of the Modern Women's Project at the Museum of Modern Art, and Curatorial Assistant at the Museum of Modern Art. Her publications include As in Nature: Helen Frankenthaler Paintings (Yale University Press, 2017); Come as You Are: Art of the 1990s (University of California Press, 2015); Ed Ruscha's Los Angeles (MIT Press, 2010); Modern Women: Women Artists at the Museum of Modern Art (The Museum of Modern Art, 2010); and Leave Any Information at the Signal: Writings, Interviews, Bits, Pages (MIT Press, 2002). She earned an AB from Harvard University and an MA and PhD from the University of Michigan, Ann Arbor.

Sandra Skurvida, Adjunct Associate Professor in Art History at FIT, specializes in the theory, history, and curation of contemporary art. She was a Fulbright Scholar at CUNY Graduate Center and holds a PhD from Stony Brook University. Her writing has appeared in Art Journal, Art Papers, Art Practical, Ibraaz, Interventions, Mousse, Dailė, and The International Journal of Islamic Art and Architecture; her book, John Cage Circus: Composition, Computation, Curation is forthcoming. She has curated numerous art projects around the world since the 1990s.  

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