Associate Professor of Art History


  • Role:

  • Position:

    • Associate Professor of Art History
    • Undergraduate Coordinator
  • Concentration:

    • Art History
  • Department:

    • Art and Art History and Art Museum
  • Education:

    • Ph.D. 2002, Pre-Columbian Art History/Arts of the Americas, University of New Mexico
    • M.A. 1994, Syracuse University, Florence, Italy and Syracuse, NY, History of Italian Renaissance Art


Professor DiCesare's specialty is Pre-Columbian Art History/Arts of the Americas. Her research focuses particularly on Mexican pictorial manuscripts, calendars, and Aztec rituals. She teaches courses on the Pre-Columbian arts of Mesoamerica, landscapes of the Ancient Americas, and sacred objects and ritual practices. Catherine also holds an M.A. in Italian Renaissance Art from Syracuse University's Florence program, and teaches a variety of classes on western European art, including the arts of the Medieval, Italian Renaissance, and Baroque periods. She also teaches classes on Italian Renaissance art on-site for the department's study abroad program in Italy.


“Tlaloc Rites and the Huey Tozoztli Festival in the Mexican Codex Borbonicus,” Ethnohistory 62:4 (October 2015): 683-706.

Sweeping the Way: Divine Transformation in the Aztec Festival of Ochpaniztli. Mesoamerican Worlds Series, Boulder: University Press of Colorado, 2009.

“Sweeping the Way: Rethinking the Mexican Ochpaniztli Festival,” in: Woman and Art in Early Modern Latin America ed. Kellen Kee McIntyre and Richard Phillips, 343-66. Leiden: Brill Academic Press, 2007.

“Time, ritual and sacred landscape in Aztec Mexico,” Mexicolore, 2014