Jennifer Laffick

Ph.D., Art History

Jennifer Laffick is a PhD Candidate in the Art History Department at SMU. Her research focuses on the relationship between French art and empire in the Atlantic world during the eighteenth and nineteenth centuries. In her dissertation, Laffick is examining the transatlantic nature and trans-imperial allure of French neoclassical painting in the years surrounding 1800. She is also interested in museology, both the history of museums from the eighteenth century onward and curatorial practice today.

Laffick has worked and interned at several museums including the National Gallery of Art, the Norton Museum of Art, and the Wallace Collection. She received her MA in the History of Art from the Courtauld Institute of Art and her BA in Art History from the University of Central Florida. Laffick is the recipient of a Fulbright Research Grant and will be conducting dissertation research in France at the Université Grenoble Alpes during the 2024-25 academic year.