Dr. Azar Rejaie is Associate Professor of Art History at UHD. She earned her Ph.D. in the History of Art and Architecture from the University of Pittsburgh and is an expert in Italian Renaissance painting. She has taught a variety of art history courses since her first teaching experience in 1999 as a Visiting Assistant Professor at Southeastern Louisiana University, including surveys of art from prehistory to the Middle Ages and the Renaissance to the present, Intro to World art, 19th century art, Modern art, Contemporary art, and Asian art, in addition to special topic courses. Rejaie has received three UHD ORCA grants to support her research, which deals with the changing identity and social status of Italian Renaissance artists and specifically examines embedded self-portraiture and signatures. She has published on the work of Umbrian artist Pinturicchio and the writings of Giorgio Vasari.