Martha Peacock

Professor , Comparative Arts & Letters

3053 JFSB


Curriculum Vitae

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Teaching Experience

I have thoroughly enjoyed directing many study abroad programs through the great art museums of Europe, where students are profoundly changed and inspired by the viewing of actual art works.
Teaching Awards

  • Douglas K. Christensen Teaching and Learning Faculty Fellowship
  • Honors Professor of the Year
  • Alcuin Award for Excellence in Research and Teachin
  • Teaching Excellence Award, College of Fine Arts and Communications
  • Student Award for Excellence in Teaching


My research has particularly centered on the relationship of art to the lives of women–both as artists and subjects in art–in the seventeenth-century Dutch Republic.

Selected Publications

  • Heroines, Harpies, and Housewives: Imaging Women of Consequence in the Dutch Golden Age (Brill, 2020).
  • “The Mermaid of Edam and the Emergence of Dutch National Identity,”
    Imagination and Fantasy in the Middle Ages and Early Modern Time (de
    Gruyter, 2020), 683-710.
  • “The Maid of Holland and Her Heroic Heiresses,” Women and Gender in the Early Modern Low Countries, 1500-1750 (Brill, 2019), 68-127.
  • “Magic in Jacob Cornelisz van Oostsanen’s Saul and the Witch of Endor,”
    Magic and Magicians in the Middle Ages and the Early Modern Age (de Gruyter, 2017), 657-684.
  • “Women, Art, and the Subversive Sampler in the Dutch Golden Age,”
    Künstlerinnen: Neue Perspektiven auf ein Forschungsfeld der Vormoderne, Vol. 4. (Michael Imhof Verlag GmbH & Co., 2017), 73-88.
  • “Mirrors of Skill and Renown: Women and Self-Fashioning in Early-
    Modern Dutch Art,” Mediaevistik: International Journal of Interdisciplinary Medieval Research, vol. 28, 2015: 325-352.
  • “The Inner Cause and the Better Choice: Anna Maria van Schurman, Self-
    Fashioning, and the Attraction of the Labadist Religion,” Mental Health, Spirituality, and Religion in the Middle Ages and Early Modern Age (de Gruyter, 2014), 607-646.
  • “Paper as Power: Carving a Niche for the Female Artist in the Work of Joanna Koerten,” Nederlands Kunsthistorisch Jaarboek (Brill, 2013), 238-265.
  • “The Amsterdam Spinhuis and the “Art” of Correction,” Crime and Punishment in the Middle Ages and the Early Modern Age (de Gruyter, 2012), 459-490.


Much of my service at BYU has been devoted to graduate mentoring. I have been the Chair of 62 MA thesis committees while at BYU.
I have also served significantly at the Kennedy Center in directing study abroad programs and in helping to direct the Center for the Study of Europe.
Finally, I have organized six exhibitions at BYU’s Museum of Art. In this regard, I have edited two exhibition catalogs on the Rembrandt (and circle) prints at BYU.

Citizenship assignments

  • University Awards Committee
  • Associate Director, Center for the Study of Europe
  • Area Head
  • Graduate Adviser
  • Academic Council
  • Departmental Honors Adviser
  • Chair of University Library Committee
  • University Graduate Council
  • University Departmental Review Committee
  • University Faculty Review Committee
  • University Civilization Committee
  • Women’s Studies Executive Committee