Marsely started working at Hope in spring 2017. She is grants and training manager for the Office of Sponsored Research and has taught courses in the Mellon Scholars Program and the Department of Art and Art History. Her work considers issues of identity and memory in the material and visual arts, and early modern colonialism. She is currently pursuing research on architecture and historic preservation in Willemstad, Curaçao, and is also interested in Dutch identity in West Michigan.


Marsely specializes in 17th century Dutch art history, particularly in the Dutch colonial world, in Southeast Asia (the former Dutch East Indies) and the Caribbean.


  • Ph.D., art history, University of Wisconsin – Madison, 2012
  • M.A., art history, University of Wisconsin – Madison, 2006
  • B.A., art history and modern foreign languages, Kenyon College, 2002


  • Gladys Krieble Delmas Foundation Award (with the Journal of Historians of Netherlandish Art and Carrie Anderson)
  • Mellon Post-Doctoral Fellow at Columbia University, 2013–2015
  • Baird Society Resident Scholar at the Smithsonian Libraries, 2013

Published Work

  • “Imaginary Gables: the visual culture of Dutch architecture in the Indies,” The Journal of Early Modern History, vol. 20, issue 5, 2016
  • Dutch Batavia: Exposing the Hierarchy of the Dutch Colonial City,” Journal of the Historians of Netherlandish Art, vol. 7, issue 1, 2015
  • “Dutching the Exotic: The nautilus cup between foreign and domestic in the Dutch Golden Age,” Dutch Crossing, Vol. 35, no. 3, November 2011
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