Laetitia Amelia La Follette

Laetitia La Follette joined the Art History faculty in 1987. Educated at Harvard-Radcliffe (B.A. in Classics) and Princeton University (MA, PhD, Art and Archaeology), she specializes in the physical culture of the ancient Mediterranean and regularly offers courses on Greek Art, Roman Art and Topical Seminars in the ancient field. A secondary interest in computer applications for the teaching of Art History has led to a regularly scheduled seminar Art History and Cybertechnology

As Director of "A History of Art for the 21st Century ", a collaborative venture involving departmental and Five College colleagues, she has overseen and contributed as co-author to seven multimedia online modules which help students master skills and learn basic concepts for introductory surveys of art history. The project was funded by the U.S. Dept. of Education's Fund for the Improvement of Post-Secondary Education (FIPSE).

As the Vice President for Professional Responsibilities of the Archaeological Institute of America, she has helped coordinate testimony by archaeologists at the Washington, D.C. hearings of the Cultural Property Advisory Committee, U.S. Dept. of State, on new requests for and renewals of Memoranda of Understanding between the U.S. and such countries as Italy, Greece, Peru, Cyprus, Cambodia and China that seek to protect and promote archaeological heritage.

E-TEXT (editor and co-author)

  • A History of Art for the 21st century (developed with funding from FIPSE/US Department of Education, The Davis Foundation and the President's Office, Univ. of Massachusetts in collaboration with art history faculty W. B. Denny, A. Mochon, L. Smith, V. Weston and the Center for Educational Software Development, University of Massachusetts Amherst)


Books and edited volumes

In Progress

  • A Sense of the Past: the Social History of Roman Sculptural Collections (book project)

Articles and book chapters

  • "The Trial of Marion True and Changing Policies for Classical Antiquities in American Museums," chapter 2 in Negotiating Culture: Heritage, Ownership, and Intellectual Property (Amherst and Boston:University of Massachusetts Press 2013)
  • “Parsing Piety: The Sacred Still Life in Roman Relief Sculpture," MAAR (=Memoirs of the American Academy in Rome) 56-57 (2011-2012),15-35.
  • “Se parer en Vestale: un travail de funambule?” essay in Parures et Artifices dans Les Mondes Antiques, eds.L. Bodiou, F. Gherchanoc, V. Huet and V. Mehl (Paris: l'Harmattan Collection "Histoire, texte et societe," 2011), 155-171.
  •  “Blending New Learning Technologies into The Traditional Art History Lecture Course,“ Teaching Art History with New Technologies. Reflections and Case Studies, A. Donahue Wallace, L. La Follette and A. Pappas , eds. (Newcastle UK: Cambridge Scholars Publishing 2008), 44-56
  • The Baths of Trajan Decius on the Aventine, monograph published as Part I in Rome Papers, Journal of  Roman Archeology, Supplementary Series number 11 (1994), 1-89.
  • “The Costume of the Roman Bride,” chapter 3 in The World of Roman Costume, eds. L. Bonfante and J. Sebesta (Madison WI: University of Wisconsin Press 1994), 54-64.
  • “A Contribution of Andrea Palladio to the Study of Roman Thermae,JSAH (Journal of the Society of Architectural Historians) 52 (1993), 189-198.
  • “The Chalkotheke on the Athenian Acropolis,” Hesperia 55 (1986), 75-87.

Also author of some 50 catalog and encyclopedia entries, reviews and short articles in American and Italian publications on ancient Greek and Roman monuments of art & architecture as well as antiquarian topics, 2012-1987.



Laetitia La Follette

Associate Professor of Art History

And Program Director



Contact Information
Laetitia La Follette
Art History Program
Department of Art, Architecture & Art History
Bartlett Hall, UMass
130 Hicks Way
Amherst, MA 0l003-9269

Phone: 413-545-0634 or 413-545-3595


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