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Ellery Foutch is an Assistant Professor of American Studies at Middlebury College; before joining the faculty at Middlebury, she also taught at the University of Wisconsin-Madison and at The Courtauld Institute of Art in London. She received her PhD in the History of Art from the University of Pennsylvania with a dissertation entitled "Arresting Beauty: The Perfectionist Impulse of Peale's Butterflies, Heade's Hummingbirds, Blaschka's Flowers, and Sandow's Body." 

Her research has been supported by grants and fellowships from the Terra Foundation for American Art, the Wyeth Foundation, Smithsonian American Art Museum, the Philadelphia Area Center for the History of Science, the Andrew W. Mellon Foundation, and the American Council of Learned Societies. Foutch earned her MA from the Williams College Graduate Program in the History of Art and her BA in Art History from Wellesley College.

She is currently working on a book manuscript focused on nineteenth-century ideas about perfection and its preservation in art, natural history, and mass culture.