Christopher Fulton received a B.A. degree Magna cum laude at Amherst College with a major in Sociology, M.A. in Art History from the Institute of Fine Arts of New York University, and Ph.D. in Art History from Columbia University. He joined the faculty of Fine Arts at the University of Louisville in 1999, before which he had taught for nine years at Southern Methodist University. He has worked as researcher at the Metropolitan Museum of Art in New York and the National Gallery of Art in Washington, D.C., and as curator at the Allentown Art Museum in Allentown, Pennsylvania.