Melissa Trafton

Adjunct Professor

UNH Manchester
Room 439

Office Hours

  • Tuesdays, 11:30 a.m. - 12:30 p.m.


  • Arts 480, Introduction to Art History


  • Speed, Technology, and Adventure in Fitz Henry Lane’s Celebrated Ships of the 1840s” Dublin Seminar Proceedings, forthcoming.
  • Essays for the Currier Museum of Art: on works by: William Harnett, Carleton Watkins, William Henry Fox Talbot, John Constable, William Cripps, Laura Theresa Alma-Tadema, Jacob van Ruisdael, Antonio Rimpatta, Hendrick Goltzius, and Pauline Auzou.
  • “ ‘It’s a Joint Venture’: John Frederick Kensett’s Images for Lotus-Eating,” American Art. 25.2 (Summer 2011).
  • “John F. Kensett Sea Coast View.” Art at Colby: Celebrating the Fiftieth Anniversary of the Colby College Museum of Art. Waterville, ME: Colby College Museum of Art, 2009
  • "ABC Books" and "Homer, Winslow (1836-1910)" in Encyclopedia of Children and Childhood in History and Society. Ed. Paula Fass. 3 vols. New York: Macmillan Reference USA, 2004.
  • “Speed, Technology, and Adventure in Fitz Henry Lane’s Celebrated Ships of the 1840s” at "New England at Sea: Maritime Memory and Material Culture," the 2016 Dublin Seminar for New England Folklife, Deerfield, MA.
  • “Fitz Henry Lane Online” at U.C. Berkeley Symposium, “Art History in the Age of Big Data,” Berkeley, CA, November 2015.
  • “Kensett’s Silent Beauties: Critics’ Attention to ‘Quiet’ in his Pictures,” Art Historians of American Art Symposium, Philadelphia, October 2014.
  • “Fitz Henry Lane,” Maritime Gloucester, Gloucester, MA, March 2014.
  • “The Sphere of Influence: Collecting in Nineteenth-Century Troy, New York” at the Southwest/Texas Popular Culture and American Culture Association Meeting, Albuquerque, New Mexico, February 2005.
  • “John F. Kensett’s Pictures of Newport, 1852-1872: Views ‘hardly known to the ordinary summer visitor,’ ” at the American Seminar of the John Nicholas Brown Center, Providence, Rhode Island, February 2003.
  • “ ‘Refined’ Landscapes and their Viewers: the Reception of Kensett’s Paintings,” at Mattatuck Museum symposium: “Kensett’s World:
  • "Perspectives on Art and Nature,” Waterbury, Connecticut, October 2001.
  • “From Daisies to Dragons: Meaning in the Textile Design of William Morris,” Kress Symposium, May 1998, UC Berkeley.


  • University of California, Berkeley, Ph.D. in the History of Art, 2003
  • University of California, Berkeley, M.A. in the History of Art, 1998
  • Harvard College, A.B. in History and Literature and Fine Arts, 1992