Dr Julia C. Fischer is an art historian who specializes in Roman imperial cameos, relief sculpture, and iconography. She has received a BA Classics in Art History from Loyola University Chicago, USA, an MA in Classical Archaeology from the University of Missouri-Columbia, USA, and a PhD in the History of Art from Ohio State University, USA. Julia's research focuses on iconography, reception, and propaganda of Roman imperial cameos along with issues of art crime, looting, and cultural heritage.
Currently Julia holds the position of Assistant Professor of Art History in the Department of Art at Lamar University, USA, where she teaches survey courses along with upper-level courses in ancient art, Asian art, Renaissance art, and art crime. She previously taught across the United States at Georgia Southern University, Denison University, Columbus College of Art and Design, and Ohio State University. During the summer of 2013, she participated in a five-week study abroad program in Montepulciano, Italy.
Julia is the author of the introductory art appreciation textbook How to Speak Art: Understanding Its Language, Issues, and Themes. She is also the editor of More Than Mere Playthings: The Minor Arts of Italy and Breaking with Convention in Italian Art, which were published by Cambridge Scholars Publishing in 2016 and 2017 respectively. She contributed chapters to both books, most notably "A Woman's Weapon: Private Propaganda in the Imperial Cameos of the Early Roman Empire" in More Than Mere Playthings and “Establishing an Augustan Date and Interpretation for the Tazza Farnese” in Breaking with Convention in Italian Art.
In 2016, Julia was named Lamar University's Distinguished Faculty Lecturer, one of the highest honours that can be bestowed upon an Lamar University faculty member and one that is reserved for outstanding teachers and scholars. She presented her talk "Raiders of the Lost Art: The Monuments Men and Their Legacy" in October 2016, and an accompanying paper was published on the Lamar University faculty senate website.
She has also received Lamar University’s Presidential Faculty Fellowship in Support of Innovation in Teaching. As a Presidential Faculty Fellow, she will write and create an enhanced, multimedia eTextbook, Art in Rome: An Onsite Course eTextbook, and will also develop and implement an accompanying onsite study abroad course that focuses exclusively on art and architecture in the Eternal City, from antiquity through to the modern period.