Laura J. Whatley received her M.A. in Art History from the University of Toronto and her Ph.D. in Art History from the University of Illinois Urbana-Champaign. Before coming to Kendall, she taught in the School of Art at the University of Tennessee. Laura's research explores the visual culture of crusading in the High and Late Middle Ages, with particular emphasis on English and French art and architecture. Her 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 "Experiencing the Holy Land and Crusade in Matthew Paris's Maps of the Holy Land" is in the forthcoming volume Visual Constructs of Jerusalem (Brepols, 2014), and her article “Romance, Crusade and the Orient in King Henry III of England's Royal Chambers," will appear in Viator 44:30 (Fall, 2013). She currently is co-editing an interdisciplinary collection of essays entitled The Crusades and Visual Culture for Ashgate.
At Kendall, Laura teaches both surveys of Western Art (prehistory–present) as well as upper-level courses in ancient and medieval art, including Egyptian Art, Classical Art, Art of the Medieval Mediterranean and Northern Renaissance Art.