Laura McCloskey (Remote Speaking Engagements Only)
Ms. McCloskey received her M.A. in Irish Studies from the Catholic University of America. She also holds a M.Ed. in Multilingual and Multicultural Education. She is completing a Ph.D. in Medieval Art History from Trinity College Dublin. Her work focuses on medieval manuscript illumination in Ireland and its connections to points East; including France, Germany, and the Mediterranean world (most specifically Constantinople). She lived in Dublin while completing her M.A. and Ph.D. degree programs and worked in the Dáil Éireann (the Irish Parliament) writing the Fine Gael policy on Arts, Sport, and Tourism. Ms. McCloskey wears many Mason hats: she is a Mason alumna (she received her B.A. in Art History), she worked full-time as a History and Art History Department administrator for eight years, and she was the Assistant Director for Learning Services for two years. In addition, she has been an adjunct instructor of History and Art History since 2008.