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Heather Horton

Adjunct Assistant Professor


Recipient of Pratt’s 2021-22 Distinguished Teacher Award

Heather Horton is a specialist in Medieval and Renaissance Europe, with particular emphasis on the relations between art, language, and cultural memory. These themes converge in her scholarship on the Renaissance polymath Leon Battista Alberti.

Horton joined the History of Art and Design department in 2011, teaching courses that emphasize the long history of contemporary ideas. Her efforts to teach Introductory courses meaningful in today’s culture and to Pratt students prompted her current scholarly project as the co-editor of a two volume introductory text (Art and Its Histories, forthcoming Spring 2022). She is also the author of numerous chapters, covering cultures from about 1000-1600. As an author and editor, Horton’s work emphasizes global connectivity, alongside in-depth exploration of historic artistic practices.

At Pratt, Horton has collaborated with colleagues across the Institute to foster inclusive pedagogy. She is especially proud of her work with the Student Learning Community program since 2013.

B.A., DePauw University; M.A., Ph.D., Institute of Fine Arts, New York University.