Elizabeth Pugliano

Elizabeth Pugliano

Senior Instructor
  • Visual Arts (CAM)

Elizabeth Pugliano (PhD, Boston University), Senior Instructor of Art History, teaches courses on ancient Greek and Roman, medieval, and Islamic art as well as in the Arts Core and Humanities Core curricula. Her research encompasses both art historical scholarship ranging from violence, combat, conflict and audience in medieval art to considerations of empathy in the visual arts, and pedagogical inquiries into issues and practices encountered in the contemporary art history classroom. Recent publications and current projects include “Peripheral Primacy: Metallic Illumination and Material Illusion in the Aussem Hours,” in Illuminating Metalwork: Metal, Object, and Image in Medieval Manuscripts, edited by Joseph Ackley and Shannon Wearing (Berlin: De Gruyter, 2020), 421-42 (co-authored with Susan Barahal); a study of gender and representation in medieval combat imagery; a volume, co-edited with Susan Barahal, on empathy and the visual arts (Palgrave Macmillan, forthcoming [2024]); and a co-authored study (with faculty in SEHD, SPA and CLAS) of student experiences of ungrading practices.

Pugliano is also President of UCDALI (University of Colorado Denver Association of Lecturers and Instructors) and a member and past Faculty Fellow (2020-2022) of ThinqStudio.

Areas of Expertise

Medieval art

Education, Licensure & Certifications

Boston University
PhD; History of Art and Architecture

Boston University
MA; History of Art and Architecture

College of the Holy Cross

BA; Art History and English


ThinqStudio Faculty Fellow (2020-2022)
CAM Excellence in Teaching Award (2020)
CAM Faculty Development Seed Grant (2019)
UCDALI IRC Faculty Professional Development Grant (2018)

College of Arts & Media

CU Denver

Arts Building

1150 10th Street

Suite 177

Denver, CO 80204


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