Suzette Scotti

Suzette Scotti


(art history)

RESEARCH AREAS: Art of the Italian Renaissance; the study and prevention of art crimes; looting and destruction of cultural heritage; restitution of cultural property; art and cultural identity; provenance research; museums as peacemakers; the role of museums in intercultural dialogue.

Suzette Scotti teaches the global surveys and the Art of Africa, the Americas, and the Pacific, igniting interest and fostering student engagement with Art History. These achievements have earned her the Board of Regents’ Medal for Excellence in Teaching. Her area of specialization is the Italian Renaissance, and she returns to Italy every summer to nourish her eternal fascination with its exquisite art. She is also deeply committed to the preservation of world heritage and the prevention of art crime in all its myriad forms, from illicit trafficking of antiquities to forgery, theft, and the destruction of art in war-torn countries. She was trained in Umbria by world-renowned specialists of ARCA (Association for Research into Crimes Against Art). She further specialized in provenance research and its vital role in the restitution of looted cultural assets, by the Nazis in the past and by terrorist networks today that peddle antiquities to finance their deadly activities.

“Do Unto Others As You Would Have Them Do Unto You: the Axum Obelisk,” Journal of Art Crime (Fall, 2013)
“Rekindling the Flame: The Role of Hawaii’s Museums in Resurrecting Hawaiian Identity,” Journal of Art Crime (Spring, 2015)
“Carrying the Torch”: Editorial published in the Journal of Art Crime (Spring, 2018)

• B.A. in English, Vassar College
• Diploma in Legal Studies, Queens’ College, University of Cambridge
• M.A. in English Literature, University of Virginia
• M.A. in Art History, Louisiana State University
• Postgraduate Certificate in Provenance and the Challenges of Recovering Looted Assets, ARCA-HARP (Association for Research into Crimes Against Art and Holocaust Art Restitution Project), Amelia, Italy
• Post-Graduate Certificate in Art Crime and Cultural Heritage Protection, ARCA
(Association for Research into Crimes Against Art), Amelia, Italy

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