Julia C. Fischer

Assistant Professor of Art History
Phone: 409-880-7784
Email: julia.fischer@lamar.edu


  • Ph.D., History of Art, The Ohio State University, 2014
  • M.A., Art History and Archaeology, University of Missouri-Columbia, 2004
  • B.A. Classics, Art History, Loyola University Chicago, 2001

Teaching and Research

Dr. Fischer specializes in Greek and Roman art, in particular the iconography of large imperial cameos of the Early Roman Empire. She has presented her research at numerous national conferences, including the Archaeological Institute of America, Southeastern Art College Annual Conference, the Midwest Art History Society, and the American Association for Italian Studies. Other areas of research interest include Roman topography, the minor arts of antiquity, issues of cultural heritage, and travel photography in 19th-century Asia.

In August 2015, Dr. Fischer's art appreciation textbook was published by Cognella Press. Written for those new to art and art history, How to Speak Art: Understanding Its Language, Issues, and Themes uses thematic organization to explore works of art from prehistoric cave paintings to modern artists such as Christo. The book provides definitions of “art” and “artist,” explains the role of the art historian, and addresses common themes in the visual arts.

At Lamar University, Dr. Fischer teaches Art Appreciation, Art History I, and Art History II as well as upper-level courses in ancient art, Asian art, Renaissance art and art crime.