Carla Puppin received her B.A. from Indiana University and her M.A. and Ph.D. in art history from Bryn Mawr College. Her specialization is 19th-century French landscape painting and art criticism. She teaches courses in Renaissance, 17th-century European, 19th-century, and 20th-century art. She has taught at Franklin and Marshall College and Beaver College (now Arcadia University).
Dr. Puppin is also a long-time community activist and is one of the founding members of the Bel Arbor Community Garden, as well as the Friends of Bardascino Park in South Philadelphia. She joined the faculty of the Curtis Institute of Music in 1991.