I am a Visiting Assistant Professor of Art History at Kenyon College, teaching courses in ancient, early medieval, and Islamic art and architecture. I specialize in the visual and material culture of Late Antiquity and the Byzantine Empire, focusing on questions related to text and image, patronage, and the agency of luxury objects.
My current book project examines the production, use, and circulation of reliquaries in the Byzantine Empire. I am also co-director of a digital humanities project, Inscriptions of Mount Athos (IMA), which documents the medieval Greek inscriptions displayed on portable objects in the monastic collections of Mount Athos, Greece. I have published essays in Eastern Christian Art, Athanor, and most recently in Natural Materials of the Holy Land and the Visual Translation of Place, 500 – 1500 (Routledge, 2017).
I have held fellowships at Dumbarton Oaks Research Library and Collection in Washington, D.C., and the Metropolitan Museum of Art. Prior to Kenyon, I taught courses on medieval pilgrimage, the True Cross, and Late Antique and Early Christian art and architecture at Florida State University. Find me on Twitter, my Kenyon faculty page, Academia, and Humanities Commons. My fieldwork photographs on Flickr are free to download and use.
What is the Byzantine Empire? Watch this great TED-Ed video, written by Leonora Neville.