Paul Staiti teaches courses in American art, architecture and film, including seminars on The Gilded Age and reading the Hollywood film. He has published work on the artist and inventor Samuel F.B. Morse, still-life painter William Michael Harnett, and American portraitists Gilbert Stuart and John Singleton Copley. For Copley he co-curated a 1995 exhibition at the Metropolitan Museum of Art in New York and the Museum of Fine Arts in Boston. He has also written on the portraits of 19th-century American capitalists and the late sea pictures of Winslow Homer. Currently he is working on the group of portraits Copley painted in London of American diplomats, including John Adams, at the end of the American Revolution.
Professor of Fine Arts on the Alumnae Foundation
American art; cultural history; film studies