Cristelle Baskins earned her Ph.D. from the University of California at Berkeley and has been teaching Italian Renaissance art history for a number of years. She joined Tufts University as an associate professor in 1997. She is the author of several scholarly articles, book chapters, and books, and the editor of two anthologies. Her area of specialization is 15th-century Italy and the relation of art to culture, politics, and gender. Professor Baskins is a seasoned faculty host for the Tufts Travel-Learn program.