Skip to main content
Skip to main menu Skip to spotlight region Skip to secondary region Skip to UGA region Skip to Tertiary region Skip to Quaternary region Skip to unit footer


Elizabeth Saari Browne

ES Browne Headshot
Blurred image of the arch used as background for stylistic purposes.
Assistant Professor

Elizabeth Saari Browne completed her PhD in the History, Theory, and Criticism of Architecture + Art at MIT, and is jointly appointed in Art and Women's Studies at UGA. A specialist in eighteenth- and nineteenth-century French sculpture and decorative arts, her research interests include rococo aesthetics, the gendering of artistic media and practices, global contact in the age of Enlightenment, and questions of materiality and art historiography. Her current book project, tentatively titled Modeling Sculpture: Clodion and the Aesthetics of Terracotta in the Eighteenth Century, examines the vases, satyrs and bacchantes, and women and children made in terracotta by the French sculptor Claude Michel, called Clodion (1738-1814). The first English-language monograph on Clodion's clay compositions, the book situates their qualities of plasticity, mutability, and ambiguity within eighteenth-century theories of cognitive processes and burgeoning aesthetics, and challenges the idea of sculpture in the era of the Enlightenment as of a physically or conceptually stable form. Browne is also developing a second project on caricature and cruelty in eighteenth-century ornament.

Prior to joining the faculty at UGA, Browne worked in the curatorial departments of several museums, including Cooper Hewitt, Smithsonian Design Museum; the Museum of Fine Arts, Boston; the Santa Barbara Museum of Art; and the Samuel P. Harn Museum of Art in Gainesville, Florida. Her work has been published in Art History, the Burlington Magazine, the American Ceramic Circle Journal, the French Porcelain Society Journal, as well as in several exhibition catalogues. 

Support UGA Women's Studies

The Institute of Women's Studies appreciates your financial support. Your gift is important to us and helps support critical opportunities for students and faculty alike, including lectures, travel support, and any number of educational events that augment the classroom experience.

Click here to learn more

Every dollar contributed to the department has a direct impact on our students and faculty.