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Laetitia La Follette

Associate Professor | Ancient Art and Archaeology, Art History and Cybertechnology

(413) 545-0634

South College W301B

Ph.D., Princeton, 1986.

Educated at Harvard-Radcliffe (B.A., Classics) and Princeton University (MA, PhD, Art and Archaeology), Dr. La Follette specializes in the physical culture of the ancient Mediterranean.

Initially drawn to this area of the world by her love of languages (French, German, modern Greek, Italian), she discovered monuments spoke to her more powerfully than texts. Since her arrival at the University in 1987 she has developed two other passions, the teaching and learning of art history and the protection of cultural heritage.  As Director of "A History of Art for the 21st Century ", she produced, edited and contributed as co-author to this collaborative grant-funded e-text involving departmental and Five College colleagues. The multimedia online modules (funded by the U.S. Dept. of Education's Fund for the Improvement of Post-Secondary Education (FIPSE) and the Davis Foundation) help students in introductory surveys of art history master skills and learn basic concepts. As 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.

Research Areas

  • Greek and Roman Art and Architecture
  • Roman Religion
  • Roman Women
  • Computer Applications for Teaching and Learning
  • Cultural Heritage Policy


Edited volumes

 Recent 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 (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.

Awards and Accolades

  • Visiting professor, Univ. de Paris VII (2009)
  • Whiting grant (2009), NEH summer stipends (2007, 1988)
  • College Outstanding Teaching Award (2003)
  • Davis Foundation (2003)
  • FIPSE/U.S. Dept. of Education (1998-2002)
  • Fellow, American Academy in Rome
  • Member, American School of Classical Studies at Athens

Courses Recently Taught

  • ART-HIST 100/115: Introduction to the History of Art
  • ART-HIST 302: Greek art
  • ART-HIST 303: Roman Art (Team-Based Learning class)
  • ART-HIST 370: Junior Year Writing
  • ART-HIST 701: Roman Sculpture
  • ART-HIST 391/791: Death and Commemoration in Roman Art