Claire Kilgore

Position title: Ph.D. Candidate, Art History

Claire Kilgore is a Ph.D. Candidate studying late medieval art and religious practice under the supervision of Professor Thomas E.A. Dale in the Art History Department. Her research investigates depictions of and responses to pregnancy, maternity, and motherhood in the religious material culture of late medieval German-speaking lands. Claire’s dissertation project is titled, “Sensing the Bodily Interior: Pregnancy and the Generative Body in Religious and Medical Practice in Late Medieval Germany.” Other research interests include pilgrimage, gender, and clothing. Before joining the graduate program at Wisconsin, Claire received her Masters in Art History from the University of Nebraska-Lincoln in 2017, where her thesis examined the materiality and optics of rock crystal reliquaries belonging to the Aachen treasury.