Irina Markina-Baum is a 6th year PhD Candidate. She graduated from the University of Pennsylvania in 2013 with a BA (summa cum laude) in French and Italian and a minor in art history. Her research focuses on public murals commissioned by the Third Republic for Parisian arrondissement town halls between 1873 and 1914. In her dissertation, entitled “Institutionalizing Revolution: The Official Mural Art Campaign of the Third Republic,” she analyzes these little-studied monumental paintings as a nexus of art, literature, and the civic culture of the Belle Epoque. The aim of her dissertation is to explore how the public art program of the Third Republic represents the State, the public, and the notion of Frenchness following France’s defeat in the Franco-Prussian War (1870-1) and the massacre of civilians during the Paris Commune (1871). Her research has been supported by Phi Beta Kappa as well as the Princeton Institute for International and Regional Studies (PIIRS). Irina is also interested in the intersectionality of art and literature, especially in ekphrastic poetry and prose as well as the calligrammes of Guillaume Apollinaire.
Irina is passionate about pedagogy. She has taught a range of French courses at Princeton and has served as a McGraw Graduate Teaching Fellow and a Princeton University Preparatory Program (PUPP) Teaching Fellow.
Dissertation Adviser: Effie Rentzou
Second Reader: Göran Blix