Stefanie Walker

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Adjunct Professional Lecturer of Jewelry History


Dr. Walker's primary research interests are European sculpture and the decorative arts from the 16th through the 18th centuries. She has curated exhibitions and taught at the Bard Graduate Center for Studies in the Decorative Arts in New York from 1995-2005. In addition to being involved with several publications, since 2009 she has served as Senior Program Officer in the Division of Research Programs at the National Endowment for the Humanities. Stefanie has held fellowships at the Metropolitan Museum of Art, the American Academy in Rome and Villa I Tatti in Florence. She is also a certified goldsmith and jeweler and an honorary member of the Nobil Collegio degli Orafi, the Roman Goldsmith’s Guild. Stefanie Walker teaches 'Jewelry History: Objects and Interpretation'.


Current Outside Position


  • Senior Program Officer, Division of Research Programs, National Endowment for the Humanities



  • Fellowships at:
    • Metropolitan Museum of Art
    • The American Academy, Rome
    • Villa I Tatti, Florence
  • Honorary Member of the Roman Goldsmith's Guild



Editor or co-editor and contributor to several publications including:

  • Life and the Arts in the Baroque Palaces of Rome: Ambiente Barocco (1998)
  • Vasemania: Form and Ornament in Neoclassical Europe (2004)
  • The Castellani and Italian Archaeological Jewelry (2004)
  • The Silver Caesars: A Renaissance Mystery (2017)



Undergraduate Studies, Universities of Würzburg and Munich, Germany
MA in Art History, New York University
PhD in Art History, New York University


Professional Organizations

  • Senior Program Officer, National Endowment for the Humanities