Assistant Professor, Art Conservation
Jocelyn Alcantara-Garcia is an Assistant Professor in the Art Conservation Department at the University of Delaware. She is a conservation scientist with research interests that involve historic paper and writing materials alongside natural dyes related to textiles and their trade. She has participated in numerous interdisciplinary teams of conservators and scientists, with work that spanned from pre-Columbian murals to modern artists’ paintings degradation. Before joining UD, she led research that mapped iron gall inks through their chemical profile, which helped in understanding the evolution of this important material and its degradation. Most recently, she pioneered research on Norwich wools and their trade, and teaming up with art historians, they are starting to unveil the secrets of master dyers from one of the most important textile producers in history. She has conducted scientific research on the cultural heritage arena at Johns Hopkins University (JHU) in the United States; the National Museum Contemporary of Art Reina Sofía (MNCARS) in Spain; the National Council of Conservation of Cultural Heritage (CNCPC-INAH), the General National Archive (AGN) and the Institute of Physics (IF-UNAM) in her native Mexico.