Alessandra Russo studies the theory, practice and display of the arts in the Early Modern times. She has been trained in art history and historical anthropology at the Universitá di Bologna, at the Universiteit Leiden, and at the École des Hautes Études en Sciences Sociales, in Paris, where she received her Ph.D. (2006). Her dissertation was awarded the EHESS best dissertation prize. Before joining the Department of Latin American and Iberian Cultures, at Columbia, in 2007, she had been visiting researcher at the Instituto de Investigaciones Estéticas/ UNAM, in Mexico, where she did intensive archival and fieldwork. She has been invited as a research fellow of the Wissenschaftskolleg-Institute for Advanced Study, in Berlin and as a visiting professor at the Institut National d’Histoire de l’Art, and at the École des Hautes Études en Sciences Sociales, in Paris.
At Columbia, Professor Russo teaches undergraduate and graduate courses on the Early Modern period with a special emphasis on the artistic dynamics in the context of the Iberian expansion.