Vice-Principal of King's College London and Trustee of the V & A Museum
Professor Welch graduated from Harvard University with a BA in Renaissance History and Literature (Magna cum Laude), and received her PhD from the Warburg Institute, University of London.
She has taught at the Universities of Essex, Birkbeck, Sussex and Queen Mary, University of London, where she served as Dean of Arts and Vice-Principal for Research and International Affairs before taking on the role of Vice-Principal for Arts & Sciences at King’s College London.
Professor Welch has led a range of major research programmes including The Material Renaissance, which was funded by the Arts and Humanities Research Council and the Getty Foundation and Beyond Text: Performances, Sounds, Images, Objects, a £5.5 million AHRC strategic research programme which ran from 2005-2012.
She has published extensively on European art and material culture between 1300 and 1700 including books such as Art in Renaissance Italy, (Oxford, 200), Shopping in the Renaissance (Yale, 2005) and Making and Marketing Medicine in Renaissance Florence (Rodopi, 2011).
Professor Welch currently serves as a trustee of the Victoria & Albert Museum where she chairs the collections committee.
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