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Whatley, Laura

TitleAssociate Professor
DepartmentFine Arts
OfficeCollege of Arts and Sciences
Office LocationGoodwyn Hall 209A


Dr. Laura Whatley arrived at Auburn University Montgomery in 2016 after teaching in the Art History programs at the Kendall College of Art and Design in Grand Rapids, MI and the University of Tennessee Knoxville.  She is a specialist in medieval art and architecture with an interest in crusade and pilgrimage visual culture in gothic England.  Dr. Whatley’s article "Visual Self-Fashioning and the Seals of the Knights Hospitallers in England" appears in Remembering the Crusades: Myth, Image, and Identity (Johns Hopkins, 2012), her article “Romance, Crusade and the Orient in King Henry III of England's Royal Chambers," was published in Viator 44:30 (Fall, 2013), her article "Experiencing the Holy Land and Crusade in Matthew Paris's Maps of the Holy Land" appeared in the volume Visual Constructs of Jerusalem (Brepols, 2014).  She has a forthcoming essay titled “Crusading for (Heavenly) Jerusalem: Noble Women, Devotion and the Trinity Apocalypse,” which will appear in the edited volume Devotional Interaction in Medieval Britain and its Afterlives (Brill).  She also co-edited the volume The Crusades and Visual Culture (Ashgate, 2015) and is currently editing Brill’s Companion to Medieval Seals.  Her research has been supported by the University of Illinois, Mellon Foundation, Worldwide Universities Network, National Endowment for the Humanities, and Auburn University Montgomery.  Currently, she is working on a book project titled The Holy Land and Crusade in English Art and Imagination, c. 1100-1500

At Auburn Montgomery, Dr. Whatley teaches a variety of courses including Art History I, Introduction to World Architecture, Egyptian Art, Classical Art, Medieval Art, Renaissance Art in Italy, and Women and the Arts. 

Education:    Ph.D., University of Illinois, 2010

                      M.A., University of Toronto, 2004

                      B.A., Arizona State University, 2002?