I am an art historian with expertise in the chivalric culture of the late Middle Ages and human-animal studies. I specialize in the construction of identity and the role of animals in medieval society. My dissertation, “Illuminating the Medieval Hunt: Power and Performance in Gaston Fébus’ Le livre de Chasse,” examined Bibliothèque nationale de France, MS. fr. 616, an early fifteenth-century illuminated manuscript of Le livre de chasse composed by Gaston Fébus, Count of Foix and Viscount of Béarn (1331-1391), in 1389. My analysis applied critical theoretical frameworks to interpret the manuscript as a meaning-making object within the visual culture of the Middle Ages.

I have taught courses in art history, museum studies, humanities, and environmental humanities at NAU since 2013. As a Lecturer in Public Humanities, I now regularly teach classes which explore the public and digital humanities. My teaching areas of research include museum studies (repatriation and cultural heritage) and civic engagement in museums and universities. My classes feature WordPress and the creation of digital exhibitions using the webapplication platform Omeka. In addition to contributing to the Liberal Studies mission at NAU, I promote career readiness in the College of Arts & Letters through classes and workshops devoted to preparing students for graduate studies and careers in the humanities.


2017                Ph.D. History and Theory of Art, School of Art, Arizona State University
Dissertation: “Illuminating the Medieval Hunt: Power and Performance in Gaston Fébus’ Le livre de chasse
2008                M.A. Art History, School of Art, Arizona State University
Thesis: “Visualizing the Medieval Abject: An Analysis of the Frescoes of Runkelstein Castle”
2006                B.A. Art History, minor History, Department of Humanities, Arts, and Religion,  Northern Arizona University


Rebekah Pratt. “From Animal to Meat: Illuminating the Medieval Ritual of Unmaking.” Critical Cluster “Mens et mensa: Thinking of Food in the Middle Ages (1000-1600).”  Vol. 25. eHumanista (2013)

Upcoming Talks and Conferences

2018                Accepted paper: Imagination, Identity, and Memory: Le livre de chasse as Memoria, 25th International Medieval Congress at the University of Leeds, July 3-6.
2018                In Pursuit of Power: Social Performance in Gaston Fébus’ Le livre de chasse, 54th Annual International Congress of Medieval Studies at Western Michigan University, May 10-13.
2018                Taming the Wild in Le livre de chasse: Real Spaces, Imagined Places, and the Medieval Park, Arizona Center for Medieval and Renaissance Studies 24th Annual Conference at Arizona State University, February 8-10.

Becky Pratt-Sturges, Ph.D.

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