Tracy is a third year PhD student at the University of Virginia and a specialist in the art of the Italian Renaissance. Tracy graduated summa cum laude from the University of California at Davis, and was named 2009 University Medalist in recognition of her academic and extra curricular achievements. She was the first student in Classics and second in Art History to be awarded this prestigious honor. During her undergraduate study, Tracy received the Loyola University Chicago Murel R. Vogel Scholarship to study abroad at the John Felice Rome Center. While in Italy, she served as an intern at the Pontifical Institute of Christian Archaeology. Tracy's time in Italy inspired an undergraduate honor's thesis on Pope Leo X and Raphael's designs for the Vatican Logge, which she completed under the direction of Dr. Jeffrey Ruda.
Her love of Raphael and the city of Rome continues to shape her research, and Tracy recently completed her master's thesis under Dr. David Summers: "Perspective and Cosmic Order in Raphael’s Stanza della Segnatura." Her dissertation will likewise make the Stanza della Segnatura its focus. Other research interests include the Renaissance reception of Latin and Greek literature, the philosophy of Pico della Mirandola, and the influence of Early Christian art on Julian and Leonine Rome.
During 2011-2012 academic year, Tracy was a junior member of the University of Virginia Society of Fellows, whose generous grant made possible a summer of careful study in the libraries, drawing rooms, and museums of Europe.
Tracy has served as a teaching assistant for "History of Architecture I," "History of Art I," and "History of Art II."