bred in Paris, Pascale Rihouet worked in the 1980s as a teacher of French as a
foreign language (in England, Germany and Paris). Throughout the 1990s, she
lectured in Parisian museums and monuments as a certified tour guide and conférencière. Concomitantly, she
founded a non-profit association for which she taught evening classes in art
history, and designed and led trips to major artistic capitals of Europe and
the American East Coast. After earning a pre-doctorate degree from the Sorbonne
in 1999, she embarked on a dual PhD program at Brown University and the Ecole
des Hautes Etudes en Sciences Sociales (Paris), graduating with a PhD in art
history from both institutions in 2008. Adjunct faculty at RISD since the
Spring 2008, she has also taught undergraduates at Wheaton College and URI, and
adult learners of Brown University’s Continuing Education.
Academic research/ areas of interest
Dr. Rihouet was Professor Craig Koslofsky’s research assistant for Evening’s Empire: A History of the Night in
Early Modern Europe (Cambridge University Press, 2011).
Pascale Rihouet developed a course entitled ‘Eighteenth-century French Art’
which won the Innovative Course Design competition of the ASECS (American
Society for Eighteenth Century Studies) in 2009. She offered ‘History of Glass’
for glass majors and others at RISD which she is now teaching at Brown
University (Continuing Education). She is currently working on a proposal for
an interdisciplinary course on the theory and practice of design. Co-taught
with Amy Leidtke (Industrial Design), ‘The Life of Objects’ will be based, in
its first phase, on the RISD museum collections.
has just submitted (February 2011) an article on Renaissance glass and table
manners (Journal of Design History). She is currently finishing an article on
rituals of monastic dining in Venice. Her next major endeavor is to turn her
dissertation into a book tentatively entitled “The Power of Ritual: Moving
Images for Processions in Late Medieval and Renaissance Italy.”
project is to contribute to the Collaborative Translation Website
of Diderot’s and d’Alembert’s Encyclopédie
(1751-1777) with translations into English of the entries on glass manufacture.
Following up on this, she will research the representation of work in the
accompanying plates for a future article.