I am currently involved in three different projects. The first is a book manuscript on the reception of the technology of the astrolabe and its effect on material culture in the Middle Ages. The second is a book on the production and exchange of the medieval metalwork and its techniques of making within a global scale. Lastly, I am curating an exhibition dealing with votive offerings (ex votos). My awards and fellowships include the following: Adolf Katzenellenbogen Prize, Robert and Nancy Hall Fellow, the Walters Art Museum, Baltimore; Max Planck Doctoral Fellow at the Kunsthistorisches Institut in Florence; ICMA/Kress Research Award. Andrew Mellon Fellow at the Institute for Advanced Study, Princeton. In the Academic year 2014-15 I was a fellow at the Art Histories and Aesthetic Practices project, and the Forum für Transregionale Studien, Berlin.

Selected Recent Publications

The Bronze Object in the Middle Ages. Cambridge: Cambridge University Press, 2016.

Editor, Ex Voto: Votive Giving Across Cultures. University of Chicago Press, 2015.


Images at Work, a special issue of Representations vol. 133 (Winter 2016).

Living Matter: Materiality, Maker and Ornament in the Middle Ages.” Gesta 52:2 2013 (2013).

Beyond Representation: Things, Human and Nonhuman.” In Cultural Histories of the Material World, edited by Peter N. Miller. Ann Arbor: University of Michigan Press, 2013.

Selected Courses

731 Late Antique/Early Medieval Material Culture and the Making of Europe

748 The Sea Inside: Art and Material Culture of the Mediterranean World 1050-1250

849 Visual and Material Cultures of the Middle Ages: An Introduction

851 The Occult and Its Artifact in the Middle Ages

858 In Focus: Ex Voto: Agents of Faith

896 Court Culture Compared

924 Gothic Visions: From the Visigoths to Post-Punk