Francesca Bacci

Ph.D. in History of Art, Rutgers University (U.S.A.)

Master in Preservation of Fine Arts, University of Udine (Italy)

Curatorial Certificate, Rutgers University (U.S.A.)

Francesca Bacci is an inter-disciplinary curator and scholar specializing in museum and visual studies and the history of modern and contemporary art. As a Fulbright fellow, Bacci earned a Ph.D. and a Curatorial Certificate from Rutgers University (New Brunswick, NJ, 2004). Prior to joining Zayed University, she worked as Associate Professor and Head of the B.A. in Museum Studies at the Department of Art + Design, University of Tampa, FL, where she also served as Chief Curator of University Galleries, Chair of the Exhibition Committee, and Academic Senator. She has also lectured at Oxford University, Harvard University and Rutgers University, among others.

Her scholarly contributions include the acclaimed volume “Art and the Senses” (Oxford University Press, 2011 and 2013). She is currently writing a book on UAE’s intangible cultural heritage, focusing on the history, importance, and representation of perfume.


Abu Dhabi - Khalifa City, Abu Dhabi


+971 2 599 3543

Teaching Areas

History of Art, Museum Studies, Visual Studies, Curatorial Studies

Research and Professional Activities

Francesca Bacci’s research interests include: late 19th and early 20th century European art, contemporary art, art and the senses, the psychology of art, museum studies, curatorship and the public experience of art.

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