The visual culture of Byzantium and the Western Middle Ages; artistic exchange and cultural identity in the Mediterranean world; architecture and ritual; devotional art; the history of dress; memory/identity/self-representation.
PhD Art History, University of California, Los Angeles, 2009
MA Art History, Southern Methodist University, Dallas, TX, 2003
MA Medieval Studies, Central European University, Budapest, Hungary, 1999
BA History and Theory of Art, University of the Arts, Bucharest, Romania, 1998
Selected Grants and Awards
Dissertation Year Fellowship, University of California, Los Angeles, 2008-2009
Oscar Broneer Travel Fund, American School of Classical Studies, Athens, Greece, summer 2008
M. Alison Frantz Fellowship in Post-Classical Studies at the Gennadius Library, Athens, Greece, 2007-2008
Edward A. Dickson Fellowship, University of California, Los Angeles; 2005-2006, 2006-2007
The Helena Wilde Swiny and Stewart Swiny Fellowship, American Archaeological Research Institute, Nicosia, Cyprus, summer 2006
Patricia McCarron McGinn Memorial Award, 2006
The Tousimis Prize, awarded for the paper, “Rhodian Portrait Ceramics: Objects of Trade and Gift Exchange,” presented at the Byzantine Studies Conference, Baltimore, MD, 2004; awarded 2005
First Impressions, Lasting Memories: Dress and Community in the Medieval Mediterranean (book in progress).
“On the Painted Ancestry of Domenikos Theotokopoulos’ Sacred Landscape of Mount Sinai and the Monastery of St. Catherine,” in S. Gerstel and R. Nelson, eds., Approaching the Holy Mountain: Art and Liturgy at St. Catherine’s Monastery in the Sinai (Brepols, 2010), 537-62.
“I ever loved thee, lady mine and yet my love increases: Rhodian Portrait Ceramics and Cultural Dialogue in the Mediterranean,” Al-Masaq 22.9 (2010): 129-50.
“Not in the excellent ancient Greek style: Beauty and Aesthetics in Late Byzantium,” Medieval and Early Modern Studies 1.1-4 (2009): 77-106.
“Unraveling Venetian Cypriot Dress.” Renaissance Society of America, Washington , DC, March 22-24, 2012.
Session co-organizer (with Barbara McNulty, Temple University ), Venetian Cyprus , Europe , and the Mediterranean World. Renaissance Society of America, Washington , DC, March 22-24, 2012.
“Byzantium Remembered and Imagined: Dress and Authority in Venetian Crete.” The Crusades, Islam and Byzantium . Conference and workshop organized by the Society for the Study of the Crusades and the Latin East. London, July 9-10, 2011.
“Raiment, Rite, and Rulers in Venetian Crete .” International Medieval Congress, Leeds, July 11-14, 2011.
“The Dead Among Us: Community and Commemoration in Cypriot Churches, 14th-16thCenturies.” Cyprus from Byzantium to the Renaissance. Dumbarton Oaks Research Library and Collections, Washington, DC, March 31-April 1, 2011.
Medieval art and architecture
Early Christian and Byzantine art and architecture
Topics in the visual and material culture of the Eastern Medieval Mediterranean