Maria Di Pasquale is the Associate Director of the Notre Dame Institute for Advanced Study. Before joining NDIAS, she was the Academic Advancement Director in the College of Arts and Letters for more than nine years.
She graduated cum laude from Notre Dame with degrees in art history and English and earned an M.A. in art history from Williams College and a Ph.D. from the University of Texas at Austin. Her dissertation examined the work of Catholic painters who were members of the avant garde in late 19th-century France.
She has taught at the University of Texas, George Washington University, and UCLA Extension, where she was named Outstanding Instructor of the Year. She has also worked at the Norton Simon Museum in Pasadena, California. Before returning to Notre Dame in 2011, Maria founded Illuminating Art Experiences, an art historical lecture and touring service, offering mobile seminars in the museums of greater Los Angeles and guided art historical travel around the country.