Claire Spadafora received a bachelor’s degree in the history of art from Washington and Lee University, and completed a master’s degree in the history of art from the University of Illinois, Chicago. Research for her master’s thesis centered on the movement of ideas and objects from Italy to England during the 17th and early 18th centuries. Interested in developments in style and taste, travel, and the building of collections, her current research explores the art and travel of 18th-century English artist William Kent in Italy. Her writing has been published in Notes on Early Modern Art. She has held curatorial internships and fellowships at the Art Institute of Chicago, the Newberry Library, and the Museum of Fine Arts, Houston, as well as a position at Christie’s. Her fellowships at the Museum of Fine Arts, Houston have been supported by the Samuel H. Kress Foundation, the Andrew W. Mellon Foundation, and the Rice University Department of Art History. She is currently a teaching assistant, and the 2018-19 Graduate Faculty Liaison.