Dr. Laurie Kalb Cosmo, an American art and cultural historian, has been a faculty member at Temple University Rome since 2008, where on-site learning has been her focus in Rome and throughout Italy and other European cities. Before moving to Rome from the United States, Dr. Kalb was a curator and museum administrator at Craft and Folk Art Museum, Los Angeles, Museum of International Folk Art, Santa Fe, Peabody Essex Museum and Boston Museum of Fine Arts. She has been a Research Associate at Peabody Museum of Harvard University since 1997 and the recipient of a Smithsonian Institution doctoral fellowship, Fulbright Professional Award in Kuala Lumpur, and resident fellowships at School for Advanced Research, Santa Fe and Civitella Ranieri Foundation, Umbertide, Italy. Her primary interests are museum history and colonial-era collecting, cultural heritage preservation, politics and art, applied arts, vernacular culture and Italian fine art of the late 19th and early 20th centuries. Active in ICOM (International Council of Museums), she serves on the board of the Council’s International Committee for Museums of Ethnography (ICME).



Ph.D., University of Pennsylvania, Philadelphia, Pennsylvania, USA.

M.A., University of Pennsylvania, Philadelphia, Pennsylvania, USA.

B.A., Vassar College, New York, NY, USA.


Courses Taught

ART HISTORY 2110 – Topics in Ancient Art: Museum History and Theory in Rome

HISTORY 2400 – Special Topics: Museum History and Theory in Rome

ART HISTORY 2600 – Topics in 20th Century Art: The Art of Fascism in Rome

ART HISTORY 2005 – Cultural Heritage Preservation


Selected Publications

As ICME ICOM Working Group Chair, Report on “What We Do/Considerations of a Name Change and Mission Revision” ICME Newsletter, Fall 2018

Defining Self by Collecting the Other: Mussolini’s Museums at the World’s Fair Site in EUR” Visualizing Otherness in Modern Italy (XIZX-XX Century), edited by Eva-Maria Troelenberg in collaboration with Melania Savino, Mitteilungen des Kunsthistorischen Institutes in Florenz, LIZX. Bande — 2017, Heft 1, pp. 125-147

Contributor to Foro Boario Guida/Guidebook to Forum Boario. Mondadori Electa Sp.A., Milano. 2011

Signs of the Market: Handpainted Shop Signs from Cambodia. Boston Center for the Arts, 2001

Nation Building and Culture Display in Malaysian Museums” In Museum Anthropology, v. 21, no. 1, (Spring 1997)

Crafting Devotions: Tradition in Contemporary New Mexico Santos (University of New Mexico Press, 1994)