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  • Laura Gelfand

    Laura Gelfand

    Art History

    Department Head/Professor

    Contact Information

    Office Location: FAV 120

    Phone: 435-797-3425
    Email: laura.gelfand@usu.edu

    Office Hours: Varies by Semester

    Laura Gelfand has been Head of the Department of Art & Design since 2011. She received her PhD in Art History from Case Western Reserve University in 1994 after earning an MA from Williams College and a BA from SUNY at Stony Brook in Art History. Before coming to USU she served for two years as the Associate Dean of the Honors College at The University of Akron where she joined the faculty in 1997 and was promoted to Professor in 2005.

    Laura Gelfand’s research centers on the art of the late medieval and early Renaissance in Northern Europe and she has published widely on a variety of topics including devotional portrait diptychs, the meaning and intent of noble commissions, and devotional interaction. She is co-editor of the series Art and Material Culture in Medieval and Renaissance Europe, published by Brill (Leiden), and she is currently editing the volume Our Dogs, Our Selves: Dogs in Medieval and Renaissance Art, Literature, and Culture, which is slated for publication with Brill in 2015.