Job title: Teaching Fellow, History of Art


Office address: Room 2.21, The Fire Station

Contact time: Tuesdays 12 - 2pm

Research outputs: Dr Michelle Foot on Edinburgh Research Explorer

Dr Michelle Foot is Teaching Fellow of Nineteenth Century Art, specialising in British and European art in the late nineteenth and early twentieth century. Her research interests include Spiritualism, Scottish art and the Celtic Revival.

Michelle was awarded a PhD from the University of Aberdeen in 2016 for her thesis on 'Modern Spiritualism and Scottish Art between 1860 and 1940'. She is an Associate Fellow of the Higher Education Academy and a Fellow of the Society of Antiquaries of Scotland. She is also an associate of the Scottish Centre for Victorian and Neo-Victorian Studies and a member of the Visionary Artists Visionary Objects International Research Network.

Michelle's teaching responsibilities include:

  • Lecturing on the sub-honours History of Art 2 programme
  • Europe 1900: Nationalism and Decadence at the Fin-de-Siècle – MA (Hons)
  • Romantics, Rebels and Revivalists: From Highland Glen to Scotland's Shrine, Scottish Art 1850-1927 – MA (Hons)
  • Impressionism, Decadence, Rhythm: Artists in France and Britain 1870-1914 – MA (Hons)
  • Impressionism and the Third Republic: Culture, Politics and Social Change, 1865-1900 – MSc
  • Contributing seminars on the postgraduate Research, Theories and Methods course
  • Supervising undergraduate and postgraduate dissertations


Nominated for 'Best Overall Teacher' category in Edinburgh University Students' Association Teaching Awards (2017-18)

Nominated for 'Best Implementer of Student Feedback' category in Edinburgh University Students' Association Teaching Awards (2017-18)

European and British nineteenth-century art; Scottish art; national identity; Modern Spiritualism; Celtic Revival

PhD Supervision Topics

  • European and British nineteenth-century art
  • Scottish art
  • National identity
  • Modern Spiritualism
  • Celtic Revival