Leslie Ross, PhD

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Professor and Chair of Art History and Visual Studies

Art, Design, and Visual Studies

School of Liberal Arts and Education

Leslie received her PhD degree from the University of California at Santa Barbara, her MA degree from the University of California at Davis, and her BA degree from Dominican College of San Rafael. She joined the faculty at Dominican in 1985 and has served as the program chair for art history since 1987. Leslie offers numerous courses in art history at the undergraduate level and also graduate seminars in Dominican’s Master of Arts Program in the Humanities. A recognized scholar, her publications include six books to date on medieval art, the art and architecture of the world’s religions, and text/image relationships in the history of art/communication.


University of California, Santa Barbara, PhD, Art History
University of California Davis, MA, Art History
Dominican College, BA, Art History

Research Interests

Visual Studies; General Art History; Medieval and Renaissance Art; Early Christian, Byzantine, Islamic Art; Classical Art and Archaeology; History of Gardens and Landscape Design; Illuminated Manuscripts; Text/Image Relationships; Global Visual Cultures; Effective Communication

Honors and Awards

  • Graves Foundation Award for Excellence in Teaching in the Humanities, 1989
  • National Endowment for the Humanities Summer Institute, 1996
  • Kress Foundation Grant, 1985
  • Fulbright Full Grant, 1984-85

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