Professor Welch is a distinguished academic of the Italian Renaissance. She is currently Professor of Renaissance Studies and Provost and Senior Vice President (Arts & Sciences) at King’s College London.  Prior to this Professor Welch held positions at the universities of Essex, Birkbeck, Sussex and Queen Mary, University of London. She did her PhD at the Warburg Institute where she also held a British Academy Postdoctoral Fellowship and taught a range of MA courses.

With research interests in Renaissance Milan and fifteenth-century court culture, this has led to more recent publications on early modern material culture and fashion. Professor Welch is a Wellcome Trust Senior Investigator Award holder for a major project on ‘Renaissance Skin’, a member of the Victoria and Albert Museum Board of Trustees and the British Library Advisory Board. She is also chair of the Trustees of the Dulwich Picture Gallery.