Areas of Study
Email Address
Molly Root House 215

Ruth W. Lo’s research centers on the intersections of agriculture, medicine, and architecture. Her current book project is an interdisciplinary study of the impact of scientific and technological developments on the physical, cultural, and political built environment in fascist Italy and its colonies. 

Before coming to Hamilton, Lo taught art and architectural history at Brown University, the Rhode Island School of Design, Roger Williams University, and Rhode Island College.

Recent Courses Taught

Proseminar in Architectural History: Architecture as Political Communication
City Senses: Urbanism Beyond Visual Spectacle


  • National Endowment for the Humanities, Summer Seminar “Material Maps in the Digital Age,” 2019
  • The Italian Academy for Advanced Studies in America, Columbia University, 2019
  • Presidential Award for Excellence in Teaching, Brown University, 2017
  • Swearer Center for Public Service, Brown University, 2016
  • Granoff Center for the Creative Arts, Brown University, 2016
  • ZEIT-Stiftung Ebelin und Gerd Bucerius and the Gerda Henkel Stiftung, 2014
  • American Academy in Rome, 2013–15
  • Society of Architectural Historians SAHARA Travel Fellowship, 2012

Select Publications

  • “Celebrating the Festa dell’Uva: Invented Traditions, Popular Culture, and Urban Spectacle in Fascist Rome,” in Food and Architecture at the Table, edited by Samantha Martin-McAuliffe. (London: Bloomsbury, 2016), 243-270. 

Select Exhibitions

  • “Story Maps: Geographies of the Senses in Providence” (digital), Brown University, 2017–18
  • “ProviSense: Personal Geographies of the Urban Environment” (gallery + digital), Brown University, 2017.
  • “Making Sense of Providence: Alternative Approaches to Mapping the City” (gallery + digital), Brown University, 2016.
  • “Reading Ritual: Festival Books from the Anne S. K. Brown Military Collection,” Hay Library, 2010 (co-organizer).

Appointed to the Faculty


Educational Background

Ph.D., Brown University
M.A., Cornell University
B.A., University of California, Berkeley

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