Laura Beltrán-Rubio

History of art and design

Research Interests

Arts of the Americas

History of Design and the Transmission of Ideas

Fashion, Jewelry, and Decorative Arts

Drawings and Prints

Digital Humanities/Digital Art History


2019 – 2010

Omohundro Institute of Early American History and Culture

Williamsburg, VA

Book Review Apprentice, working under the supervision of Dr. Nicholas Popper, Book Review Editor for the William and Mary Quarterly.

2017, 2019

Universidad de Los Andes

Bogota, Colombia

External Professor: “Dressing the Revolution” (School of Arts and Humanities, Summer 2017). Visiting Professor: “Fashion Studies: Theory, Culture, Society” (MA Design, School of Architecture and Design, Summer 2019).

2016 – 2017

Metropolitan Museum of Art

New York, NY

Research Assistant to Femke Speelberg, Associate Curator of Drawings and Prints of design, ornaments, and architecture.

Summer of 2016

El Museo del Barrio

New York, NY

Curatorial Intern, working with Rocío Aranda-Alvarado on the exhibition “Antonio López: Future Funk Fashion” (on view June 14 – November 26, 2016).

2014 – 2016

Parsons School of Design

New York, NY

Teaching Assistant for History of Fashion and Introduction to Fashion Studies

Research Assistant to Hazel Clark, Ph.D., FRSA, Chair of Fashion Research at Parsons School of Design.

About Me

I am a Ph.D. Candidate at the College of William and Mary. My research lies at the intersection of fashion history and art history, with a focus on the consumption, dissemination, and representation of dress and practices of self-fashioning in colonial Spanish America.


[Currently enrolled]

The College of William & Mary

Williamsburg, VA

Ph.D. Candidate, American Studies


Parsons School of Design

New York, NY

M.A. Fashion Studies


Universidad de Los Andes

Bogota, Colombia

B.A. Economics (concentration in history)

Minor in Management


Public Speaking, Museum and In Situ Tours
Consulting on fashion history and collecting
Consulting on fashion branding, marketing, and sales
The Museum System, TMS
Digital Photography
Omeka and Tools for Digital Art History
Adobe Creative Suite