Laura Watts Sommer
Department Director, Associate Professor of Art History
Laura Watts Sommer earned her PhD from Temple University with her thesis Francesco Hayez and the Byronic Influence on Italian Romantic Painting (1999). Her articles include "Italian Romanticism and Academicism in an Unidentified Rest on the Flight into Egypt" for the Gazette des Beaux Arts (2002), "Shifting Identities: Politics, Poetry and Passion in Italian Nineteenth‐Century Portraiture" for Visual Resources (2007), and "Regionalism and Ruskin in the Ottocento Art Historical Narrative," a chapter in the 2012 anthology Ruskin, Venice, and Cultural Tourism. Her most recent project is a manuscript on the effect of Regionalism on the Ottocento art historical narrative.
Professor Sommer teaches classes on theory and methodology in the Modern and Contemporary eras.