History of Art + Visual Culture


Pascale Rihouet

Throughout the 1990s, art historian Pascale Rihouet 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 program at Brown University and the Ecole des Hautes Etudes en Sciences Sociales (Paris), graduating with a Ph.D. 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. She is since July 2012 the President of the Part-Time faculty Association at RISD.

Academic research/ areas of interest

For RISD, Dr. 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 has offered ‘History of Glass’, which she has also taught at Brown University (Continuing Education). She has also designed sections of the global art survey (H101), introductory or upper-level courses on Renaissance art, Baroque, Rococo, and Modern Art.

In 2009-10, Pascale 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). Dr. Rihouet has widely published on ritual, sociability, and material culture in Renaissance Italy. She is currently finishing The Material Culture of Processions in Renaissance Italy (tentative title) based on her dissertation.