Academic Background

As a Professor of Art History at Portland State University in Oregon I teach a range of courses covering medieval and Byzantine art history, methodology, and digital humanities. I earned my PhD from Harvard University in Byzantine Art History, and prior to that studied at the Johns Hopkins University (M.A.) and Columbia University (A.B., Art History and Ancient Studies). I have worked on archeological sites in Turkey, Jordan and Israel, and was Keeper of the Coins for the Harvard University Art Museums while in grad school.

Select publications

  • Representations of Early Byzantine Empresses: Image and Empire. New Middle Ages Series, St. Martin’s Press/ Palgrave, 2002
  • The Material Culture of Sex, Procreation and Marriage in Pre-Modern Europe. Co-edited with Karen Encarnación. St. Martin’s Press/Palgrave, 2002
  • Negating the Image: Case Studies in Past Iconoclasm. Co-edited with Jeffrey Johnson. Ashgate, 2006. Mandarin translation, Jiangsu Fine Arts Publishing House, PRC, 2009