Meet the team
Jeremy Boudreau MA, Head of History of Art
Jeremy has headed the History of Art department since January 2014. His training is as a museum educator and art historian and his specialisation is the art and culture of Renaissance Italy. Today, he oversees a team of lecturers who contribute to the Institute’s history of art courses and study abroad programming. After graduating with a degree in Museum Education from the Massachusetts College of Art and Design in Boston, Jeremy completed his MA in Art History at Syracuse University as a Florence Fellow. He is an accredited NADFAS Lecturer, a member of the Association of Art Historians (AAH), a member of the International Council of Museums (ICOM) and serves as the Academic Co-ordinator for the annual Palazzo Strozzi Foundation USA High School Renaissance Award Programme.
Sara Bini, History of Art Administrator
A native Florentine, Sara is the first point of contact for students following History of Art courses. Prior to joining the British Institute, Sara had worked as an administrative assistant at the European University Institute in Fiesole. She studied Law at the University of Florence and is currently writing her MA thesis on the Law of Public Administration.
Alexandra Lawrence MA, Lecturer
Alexandra wrote on Dante’s use of ekphrasis in Purgatory X while a master’s student of Italian Language and Literature at San Francisco State University. She has lived in Florence since 1999 and teaches literature, contemporary Italian culture, and travel writing courses at several local universities. She is a professional guide, an editor at The Florentine newspaper and on the council of advisors for the Advancing Women Artists Foundation.
Angela Oberer PhD, Lecturer
Angela graduated from Bonn University with a Master’s thesis on ‘The Cross Relic at the Scuola Grande di San Giovanni Evangelista in Venice’. Her doctoral thesis, submitted at the Technische Universitaet of Berlin, is entitled ‘The Fresco Cycle of Signorelli and Sodoma in Monte Oliveto Maggiore’. Angela has been teaching Art History for various colleges and universities in Florence since 2003.
Anna-Marie Hilling MA, Lecturer
Anna-Marie graduated in restoration of paintings at the Opificio delle Pietre Dure, Florence, with a dissertation on Giotto’s Ognissanti Crucifix; she then worked in the OPD restoration team of Giotto’s crucifix for the following six years. She has published on the artistic techniques and conservation problems of key works by Giotto, Fra Angelico and Andrea Mantegna.
Bettina Schindler MA, Lecturer
Bettina graduated from the Opificio delle Pietre in Florence and has since restored 62 pieces at the Museo Nazionale del Bargello, along with over 60 works at the Museo degli Argenti, which houses Cardinal Leopoldo de’ Medici’s large ivory collection. Besides her numerous restoration projects for European museums and numerous private collectors, Bettina had taught art restoration for Washington University in Saint Louis and gives exclusive lectures for numerous Tauck Tours Travellers.
Caterina Romei MA, Lecturer
Caterina graduated in Art History from the University of Florence with a thesis on the ‘Counter-Reformation in the church of SS. Annunziata’ and received her ‘laurea specialistica’ in Museology with a thesis on ‘Copyists and painters: visitors to the Uffizi Gallery at the end of the 18th century’. Caterina has taught for many years on study abroad programmes for American universities.
Jason Arkles MA, Lecturer
Jason is an American sculptor working in the traditional methods and materials one would normally associate with a sculptor in Florence. His large-scale figurative work in bronze, marble, terracotta and wood can be found in public and private spaces, museums, cemeteries, and churches in Europe and America, including on the façade of Florence’s Saint Mark’s English Church. Trained in the studio of Charles H. Cecil and in a Pontifical Academy in Rome (sacred art), Jason runs a small teaching studio in Florence, in tandem with his professional career. Jason has also self-published two small books on sculpture; one being a manual for sculpting in clay using a living model, and the other, a translation and commentary on Leon Battista Alberti’s Della Statua. website
Julia Colchie MA, LecturerJulia Colchie graduated from the Macaulay Honors College with majors in Art History and English Literature, Language, & Criticism. She worked for two years at the Metropolitan Museum of Art in New York before going on to complete her MA in Art History at Syracuse University. She has been living in Florence since 2009, where she works as Art History lecturer and licensed tour guide for various American universities abroad.
Kate Bolton-Porciatti MPhil, Lecturer
Kate has over 25 years’ professional experience in the early and Classical music world. She teaches Baroque and Classical music and cultural history at the Scuola Lorenzo de’ Medici. Her post-graduate thesis focused on music and dance in 14th-century Italy, since when she has published extensively as an academic, journalist and critic. Prior to moving to Italy in 2007, she was Senior Producer, BBC Arts and Classical Music, and Artistic Director of the prestigious Lufthansa Festival of Baroque Music, in London.
Katharina Giraldi-Haller PhD, Lecturer
Katharina studied History of Art, Philosophy and Archaeology at Karl Franzens University in Graz, Austria, where she completed her BA and MA degrees, and at the University of Vienna where she completed her PhD thesis on modern art. She has been a lecturer and research assistant at the Academy of Fine Arts in Vienna, and in Florence she has taught art history for Richmond College, Vanderbildt University, and the University of Bristol Florence Programme at the British Institute of Florence. Her specialist interests are in Italian art from the medieval to modern periods, and in forensic methods, diagnostics and History of Art.
Laura Fenelli PhD, Lecturer
Laura is originally from Parma and has been living and working as an art historian in Florence since 2007. She has an MA in Medieval History of Art and a Ph.D. in Medieval History. She works on history of medieval and early modern images and saints’ iconography and hagiography and she collaborates with the Kunsthistorisches Institut in Florence. Since 2009 she has been lecturing Art History in English for various colleges and universities.
Laura Llewellyn MA, Lecturer
Laura holds degrees in History of Art from the University of Bristol and the Courtauld Institute of Art, University of London. She is currently undertaking her PhD at the Courtauld with a thesis examining the art of female religious communities in the wake of the Observant reforms in 15th century Florence. She has worked as a guide, teacher and on gallery education programmes in both Florence and London for several years. She serves on the editorial board of the postgraduate research journal immediations.
Lisa Kaborycha PhD, Lecturer
Lisa is a native of New York City, who moved to California and attended the University of California, Berkeley. There she received a BA in Comparative Literature, an MA in Italian Studies, and a PhD in Medieval and Early Modern European History. Her area of specialty is the cultural and social history of Renaissance Florence; she has extensively researched fifteenth-century Florentine manuscripts known as zibaldoni. The author of A Short History of Renaissance Italy and A Corresponding Renaissance: Letters Written by Italian Women 1375-1650, Dr. Kaborycha also teaches at the University of California Study Abroad programme in Florence, is an accredited NADFAS Lecturer, as well as a Senior Research Fellow at the Medici Archive Project. website
Mark Roberts MA, Lecturer
Mark has lived in Tuscany since 1977. He read English at Magdalen College, Oxford, before moving to Florence to work at the British Institute, where he was Librarian from 1981 to 1999. He has translated from the Italian art-historical books for many publishers, and has also catalogued the Acton papers for New York University at Villa La Pietra.
Paola Vojnovic MA, Lecturer
Paola graduated from the University of Siena with a degree in Preservation and Management of Archaeological, Historical and Artistic Heritage after obtaining her MA in Art History from Syracuse University. She works for the Opera di Santa Croce and as a guest lecturer for US universities based in Florence. Paola’s research was published in Città di Vita, Siti UNESCO magazine and she recently edited two books, The Basilica of Santa Croce: American Reflections and Il Ponte delle Immagini. The newest book she coauthored, Santa Croce in Pink: Untold Stories of Women and their Monuments, celebrates extraordinary women buried or celebrated in the church of Santa Croce.
Samuel Gallacher PhD, Lecturer
Samuel read history at Peterhouse, University of Cambridge, graduating in 2009 with First Class Honours and the Sir Herbert Butterfield Prize for History. After completing his M.Phil. at Cambridge in 2010, he has been a doctoral scholarship holder at IMT Institute for Advanced Studies in Lucca, Italy. Samuel’s Ph.D. research is on art and diplomacy in sixteenth century Europe and the Mediterranean. His research considers the increasing sophistication of diplomatic practice within the cultural trends of the Renaissance classical tradition and the volatility of sixteenth century politics as transformative influences on the use, status, and significance of diplomatic gifts. Samuel is currently a Junior Research Fellow at the Medici Archive Project in Florence.