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Laura Jacobus is a Senior Lecturer in the Department of History of Art, specialising in Italian late-medieval and early renaissance art.

Having done a first degree in Politics, Philosophy and Economics at Oxford in the late 1970s, she worked initially as a community worker in South London before discovering her true vocation and doing a second undergraduate degree and doctorate in History of Art at Birkbeck. Her doctoral thesis, entitled Gesture in the Art, Drama and Social Life of Late-Medieval Italy, was completed in 1994.

Early in her second career, Laura worked with adults and children at the National Gallery in London, as well as teaching undergraduates at Reading, London and Cambridge. She has lectured at Birkbeck since 1989, initially teaching full-time, and since 1999, half-time. In 2016 she was invited to give a series of lectures at the University of Padua.

She has published widely, and her book, Giotto and the Arena Chapel: Art, Architecture and Experience (Brepols-Harvey Miller, 2008) is the first of a two-volume study of the chapel.