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Dr Leah Clark

Arts Fellow, Fellow, Official Fellow

Associate Professor in Art History

Department for Continuing Education

DPhil (McGill, Montréal), MA (london), BA (Hons) (British Columbia)

Leah’s research explores the exchange, mobility and collecting of art objects in the early modern world. She is author of Courtly Mediators: Transcultural Objects Between Renaissance Italy and the Islamic World (Cambridge University Press, forthcoming 2023), Collecting Art in the Italian Renaissance Court: Objects and Exchanges (Cambridge University Press, 2018), co-editor of European Art and the Wider World 1350-1550 (Manchester University Press, 2017) and co-editor of The Mobility of Objects Across Boundaries (Liverpool University Press, 2022).

Leah’s research engages with the sensorial experiences of early modern objects and she co-organises with Helen Coffey (Music, the Open University) an interdisciplinary annual conference on Early Modern Sensory Experiences (EMSE) at Kellogg annually. She is also a convenor of the Digital Humanities and Sensory Heritage (DHSH) network, led by Emanuela Vai.

Leah is dedicated to widening participation and has been involved in a number of outreach projects in Art History. In 2016 she founded Open Arts Objects, an innovative project that provides free open access films to support the teaching of Art History in schools (shortlisted for a Times Higher Education Awards 2019).