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Allison Palmer, Ph.D.


Allison Lee Palmer is a professor of art history in the School of Visual Arts at the University of Oklahoma. She received her B.A. in Art History from Mount Holyoke College and her M.A. and Ph.D. from Rutgers University with a focus on European Renaissance and Baroque art and architecture. Palmer currently teaches undergraduate and graduate courses in European art from the Renaissance through the 18th century as well as humanities courses for the College of Professional and Continuing Studies and Italian art classes for OU’s Summer in Italy programs.  She has received several teaching awards, including the General Education Teaching Award (2012), the Irene and Julian J. Rothbaum Presidential Professor of Excellence in the Arts Award (2011), the College of Liberal Studies Superior Teaching Award (2010), the School of Art Excellence in Teaching Award (2008), the College of Fine Arts Peer Recognition Award (2004), the College of Liberal Studies Superior Teaching Award (2002) and the Rufus G. Hall Faculty Award from the College of Liberal Studies (2001). Palmer’s publications include Leonardo da Vinci: a Reference Guide to His Life and Works (New York: Rowman and Littlefield, 2018), and several volumes in Rowman and Littlefield’s Historical Dictionary series: Historical Dictionary of Architecture (second edition 2016), Historical Dictionary of Romantic Art and Architecture (second edition 2019), and Historical Dictionary of Neoclassical Art and Architecture (second edition 2020). Palmer’s research focuses on patronage in late Medieval and Early Renaissance Italy and Roman Baroque Art and Architecture, and her articles have been published in Sixteenth-Century Studies, Notes on Early Modern Art, Aurora: The Journal of Art History, and Arte Lombarda.

Email: apalmer@ou.edu