Dr. Patricia Rocco received her PhD in Renaissance art from the Graduate Center CUNY in 2013, an MA in art history from McGill University in Montreal, and her BA in art and archaeology from New York University. She currently teaches courses in Renaissance art at Hunter College and Queens College, CUNY, as well as an introduction to the history of art at both Hunter and Manhattan School of Music, where she is excited to be joining the faculty as of Spring 2016. Prior to this Dr. Rocco taught a survey of the visual arts for five years at Parsons, the New School, as well as adult continuing education courses at the Italian Cultural Institute (Splendori d’Italia).
Dr. Rocco earned her first Master’s degree in education (TESOL) from Hunter College, and she has taught ESL and EFL for seven years both in New York and in Rome, Italy. Outside of the classroom she has participated in several archaeological excavations in Italy. She has written several articles on women, popular prints, and textiles in the early modern period, and is currently working on a book project based on her dissertation research entitled Women, Virtue and Visual Imagery in Early Modern Italy. In addition to teaching, her other lifelong passion is for dance in all its forms. Originally a student of classical dance, she then moved on to both study and perform flamenco and ballroom dance and continues to enjoy these hobbies today as time permits.