Tracy E. Cooper
Ph.D., M.F.A., Princeton University
B.A., M.A., University of California, Santa Barbara
Certificate, Centro Internazionale di Studi di Architettura, Andrea Palladio, Vicenza, Italy
Dr. Tracy E. Cooper (Princeton University, 1990) is Professor of Italian and Southern Renaissance and Baroque art and architecture. Her specialization is Venetian and early modern cultural history and theory, with particular interests in architecture/ urbanism, space/ circulation and patronage studies. She is best known for her award-winning book Palladio’s Venice: Architecture and Society in a Renaissance Republic, Yale University Press, London and New Haven (2006), which has had major interdisciplinary impact and been widely reviewed. She has received fellowships from the Center for Advanced Study in the Visual Arts, National Gallery of Art, the Gladys Krieble Delmas Foundation for Venetian Research, the Renaissance Society of America, and the Eli Lilly Endowment, as well as numerous university and college grants. She has spoken and published widely in English and Italian on early modern architecture and culture, and has participated as a member of the interdisciplinary graduate faculty of Venice International University and the Centre for the Study of the Renaissance, University of Warwick, both in Venice, Italy; of the Centre for Acoustic and Musical Experiments in Renaissance Architecture (CAMERA) and the Centre for Research in the Arts, Social Sciences and Humanities (CRAASH) both at the University of Cambridge (UK); as well as the international collaborative project Making Publics at McGill University in Montreal, Canada. Her interest in museums, collecting practices, display, and conservation has been maintained through involvement in activities for Save Venice, Inc., a heritage preservation group, and advising on exhibitions, such as that on Titian, Tintoretto, and Veronese at the Boston Museum of Fine Arts. She has been a leader in technology adoption at the college and university and works to keep global education in the forefront of university policy and to promote student experiences abroad at all levels. Her concerns about international education and the incorporation of teaching with technology are addressed in course content, assignments, and digital delivery: she hopes to inspire her students to take advantage of Temple’s global offerings and emerging technologies as well as new access to original resources for research. Professor Cooper is most proud of the success of her students in winning prestigious grants for their research and attaining positions in their chosen fields.