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Laura Beltran-Rubio

Laura is an art and fashion historian. She is a Ph.D. candidate at the College of William and Mary (Williamsburg, Virginia) and holds a MA in Fashion Studies from Parsons School of Design (New York). Her explores the construction of identities through dress in Europe and the Americas. Her doctoral dissertation focuses on the development of fashion in the Viceroyalty of New Granada (in northern South America) in the 18th century.

Laura has taught on fashion history and fashion studies at Parsons School of Design, the Universidad de Los Andes (Bogota, Colombia), and William & Mary. In 2019, she designed and taught the first introductory course in Fashion Studies in Colombia, offered through the Master’s program in Design at the Universidad de Los Andes.

She has worked as a researcher at the Metropolitan Museum of Art and El Museo del Barrio in New York. She is currently an Apprentice at the Omohundro Institute of Early American History and Culture (OIEAHC). She also leads Culturas de Moda, an online platform that aims to promote the development of fashion studies in the Spanish-speaking world.

In 2014, Laura received a scholarship-loan through tho government-sponsored program of Colfuturo. In 2018, she was awarded the Dean’s Recruitment Fellowship at William & Mary. Laura’s research has also been funded by the Department of Art and Design History and Theory at Parsons and William & Mary. Her work has been published in Cuaderno, The Journal of Dress History, and Fashion Theory.

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A selection of Laura’s publications, participation in conferences and invited talks.

Digital Art History project for the study of the history of art and dress in the 18th-century Atlantic World.

Informal, generally-short written pieces on a variety of topics of academic and personal interest.