Felicity Ratté

Art and Architectural History, Urban Design – Marlboro College



TEACHING: As the only Art Historian my teaching duties cover the History of Art from the Ancient Near East to the late 20th Century. Over time I also developed my interest and expertise in the Art History of the World beyond Europe and the United States, offering courses in South Asian Art and Architecture and traveling to China, Cambodia, South Korea, Turkey and India. In 2010 I traveled extensively (Spain, Morocco, Tunisia, Egypt, Syria, Turkey, Iraq and Bulgaria) through countries that had or continue to have significant Muslim populations and preserve much of the key monuments of Islamic art and architecture. My curriculum has been transformed by this work, and continues to develop around this part of the world and contemporary events there. Please go to the travel blog for more information on this journey and subsequent research trips.

ADMINISTRATION: From 2005 to 2010 I served as the Dean of Faculty at Marlboro College, from 2009 to 2010 I was both the Dean of Faculty and the Dean of Graduate Education. The Dean of Faculty is the Chief Academic Officer of the College. Working with the president and members of senior management the Dean supports and advances the Academic program of the college, collaborates on strategic and long-range planning and advises on all areas of institutional management. As chair of the Curriculum Committee and the Committee on Faculty, the Dean facilitates the maintenance and development of the curriculum and supervises the recruitment and retention of new faculty. The Dean manages the Instructional Budget, creates professional development opportunities for faculty and supervises the thirteen members of the Academic Affairs staff.

I’ve put this in here because there is no doubt that this administrative experience has had an impact on my teaching.  It has certainly made my thinking far more interdisciplinary. Interestingly, I think it has also allowed me to think more flexibly about what and how I teach. Since returning to the classroom I have taught a community engagement class (also known as community-service, although I don’t like the title) and a number of collaborative classes with colleagues in other disciplines. In addition, contemporary events, both at home and abroad have urged me to think of my discipline more broadly, to think about ways that learning about art and architecture can help to critically assess social problems and how criticaly thinking can be developed through visual analysis.



Ph. D. History of Art, Sept, 1995. Institute of Fine Arts, New York University, NYC.

Dissertation: “Significant Structures: Architectural Imagery in Thirteenth- and Fourteenth-Century Tuscan Painting,”

My graduate work focused on the period from 1200 to 1500 in Western Europe, both art and architecture with a minor field in Ancient Near Eastern Archaeology. In the Spring of 2016 I completed a MSM degree in Mission Driven organizations at the Marlboro College School of Graduate and Professional Studies. My work in that program focused on developing critical skills for productive community engagement.