Education

  • Ph.D.
    University of Maryland
    BET Fellow
  • B.A.
    American University
    Magna Cum Laude

Sybil E. Gohari, PhD

Dr. Gohari brings over a decade of experience as an educator and entrepreneur where she spends her time at the intersection of academia and technology. She has taught at the University of Maryland, College Park, American University, George Washington University, and Georgetown University.

Dr. Gohari earned her Ph.D. in Art History from the University of Maryland, where she was a BET Fellow, and authored a groundbreaking dissertation, introducing data science into the humanities to study the correlation between the race and gender of artists and the market value of their art. She developed a mathematical model to establish the correlation between the race or gender of an artist, which cannot be divorced from the production or reception of art, and the market value of the artist’s work product. As a scholar, she has been published in a number of scholarly journals and publications, including Woman’s Art Journal, with additional chapters and exhibition reviews.

As an art market expert, she focuses on the correlation between economic cycles and the volume and value of sales in the auction market, demonstrating these factors as leading indicators of economic cycles. As an entrepreneur, she brings her passion for trends and data science to guide the development of a software platform that will help college and graduate school applicants streamline their work and significantly increase their chances of gaining admission to the schools of their dreams.

She founded The Admissions Company, to harness the proprietary method rooted in data and analytics, to not only help students significantly increase their chances of gaining admission to competitive schools but to determine the optimal schools for their individual needs and interests. The Admissions Company complements its use of big data with a deep reservoir of expertise to guide students from an early point in the admissions process.

Dr. Gohari graduated from the American University Magna Cum Laude, with a degree in Art History, where she was also a division I lacrosse player. She went on to earn her Ph.D. from the University of Maryland, College Park.

Publications

  • Exhibition Review, CAA Reviews: “Matisse/Diebenkorn at the BMA” 2018
  • “Mary Jackson and Coiled Baskets: Tracing the Transference of Uses of South Carolina Sea Grass Baskets,” Rooted, Revived, Reinvented: Baskets in America, Kristin Schwain and Josephine Stealey, eds, Atglen, PA: Shiffer Publishing, 2017.
  • Exhibition Review, CAA Reviews: “The Artistic Journey of Yasuo Kuniyoshi, SAAM” 2017
  • “Women, Sculptural Production, and Unconventional Materials: A Brief History.” What Not To Wear. Exhibition Catalogue. Washington, DC: Luther W. Brady Gallery, George Washington University, 2014. 10-14.
  • “Gendered Reception, There and Back Again: An Analysis of Gender in the Reception of Helen Frankenthaler.” Woman’s Art Journal 35, no. 1 (Spring / Summer 2014). 33-39.
  • Through the Looking Glass: Race and Gender in the Reception of Paintings by Helen Frankenthaler, Norman Lewis, Alma Thomas, and Mark Tobey, ProQuest / UMI Dissertation Publishing 2012
  • “The Academic Tradition: Teaching and Practice.” The Academic Tradition: Teaching and Practice. Exhibition Catalogue. Washington, DC: Luther W. Brady Art Gallery, George Washington University, 2008. 7-12.

Honors & Awards

  • Maryland Museum Fellowship, National Gallery of Art, Washington, DC, Department of Special Projects 2009-2010
  • Jacob K. Goldhaber Travel Grant, The Graduate School, University of Maryland, College Park 2009
  • Distinguished Teaching Assistant Award, Center for Teaching Excellence, University of Maryland, College Park 2009
  • Mark H. Sandler Award, Department of Art History and Archaeology, University of Maryland, College Park (teaching award) 2009
  • University of Maryland Matching Fellowship 2007-2009
  • B.E.T (Black Entertainment Television) Fellowship in African American Art History 2004-2009
  • Pence Award (Outstanding Art History Undergraduate), American University 1998