Layla Seale's work currently analyzes fifteenth-century Northern European painting and illuminated manuscripts, and specifically examines representations of Hell, devils and demons. She received her M.A. from American University in Washington, D.C. where she focused on Quattrocento cassoni panels and American women printmakers at the turn of the twentieth-century.
Before matriculating in Rice's PhD program, Seale worked at the Smithsonian American Art Museum and The World Bank within the Archives of Development. Her doctoral research interests also include female spectatorship in late medieval private devotion, and the intersection of gender performance and economic class.