Suzanne Scanlan received her PhD from Brown University in 2010 and subsequently taught there as a visiting faculty member. While completing her graduate studies, she worked as a Mellon curatorial proctor at the RISD Museum in the department of painting and sculpture. In 2010 Scanlan joined the faculty at RISD, where she specializes in the art and architecture of early modern Europe. She has developed several collaborative courses with studio faculty, most recently a seminar exploring the role of the artist on the Grand Tour.
Scanlan has published on the material culture of women in early modern Rome, and her research has been funded by the Gladys Krieble Delmas Foundation, the Kermit Champa Memorial Fund, the RISD Professional Development Fund and the Kyobo Fund. Her first book, Divine and Demonic Bodies: Women, Art and Agency in Early Modern Rome, is forthcoming from Amsterdam University Press in 2016–17.