Ariel Fein received her PhD in Byzantine and Islamic art history from Yale University. Her scholarship explores the intersection of Christian and Islamic visual cultures, in particular the circulation of objects, peoples, and ideas across the frontier zones of the medieval Mediterranean. She is currently working on two projects. Her book project, Emir of Emirs: George of Antioch and the Shaping of Norman Visual Culture, examines the complex multi-visual culture of Norman Palermo, and in particular the Arab-Christian built environment, through the life and patronage of grand vizier George of Antioch. A second project, Fatimid Wood Networks: Circulation, Production, and Consumption, considers how Fatimid objects were conceived, perceived, and experienced in Egypt and the Maghreb. Other research interests include the arts of medieval Arab-Christians, identity negotiation and cultural memory in the post-Byzantine diaspora, and Jewish ceremonial art and architecture, with a particular focus on the Jewish communities of the nineteenth- and twentieth-century Middle East. She held the 2020–21 Jane and Morgan Whitney Fellowship in the Islamic Art Department at the Metropolitan Museum of Art and is the 2020–21 recipient of the Frances Blanshard Dissertation Prize from the History of Art Department at Yale University.