Assistant Professor of Art History

Leslie E. Todd received her PhD in Art History from the University of Florida. She works on early modern art history with a specialization in art of colonial Latin America. She investigates how early modern visual practice enacted and upheld the dynamic relationship between metropole and colony that defined Spanish colonialism in the Americas.

Dr. Todd’s current research focuses on wooden polychrome sculpture dating to the second half of the eighteenth century from Quito, Ecuador, a major center for sculpture making in colonial Spanish America. Her book project is tentatively entitled “Late Colonial Visuality in the Audiencia of Quito: Sculpture and Society in Decolonial Perspective.”

Dr. Todd’s research has been funded by a Fulbright-Hays Doctoral Dissertation Research Abroad Fellowship, a Foreign Language and Area Studies award, and a four-year Graduate School Fellowship at the University of Florida, among others.