Expertise

Dr. Arpen’s research centers on eighteenth-century Europe, with particular interests in gender and representations of the body. She is continuing research related to her dissertation, which examined the eighteenth-century French interest in bathing from the perspective of the arts, analyzing a wide range of visual material—including paintings, sculptures, prints, and architectural interiors—to explore the interconnections between bathing and period discourses on aesthetics, sensation, and pleasure.

Degrees
BA, University of Florida, Art History
MA, University of North Carolina at Chapel Hill, Art History
PhD, University of North Carolina at Chapel Hill, Art History