I teach and write on medieval art and material and visual culture from the greater Mediterranean to Eurasia and the Indian Ocean. I am currently writing a book on art and material culture circulating in the Black Sea region during the Middle Ages and another monograph which centers on the sentiment of Hope as a category of artistic creativity. I am the co-founder (together with Caroline Fowler and Princeton University Press) of the book series Art/Work which is set to narrate a new history of art founded in the study of objects, materials, and technology. My first book, The Bronze Object in the Middle Ages (2016) was awarded the International Center of Medieval Art Book Prize. The catalog accompanying my exhibition, Agents of Faith: Votive Objects in Time and Place (2018) was chosen as one of the New York Time’s best art books (2018) and was Awarded the A+C Book Prize (2019). Over the years I have received numerous awards and fellowships, including: Simon Guggenheim Fellowship (2019); Paul Mellon Senior Fellowship, Center for Advanced Study in the Visual Arts at the National Gallery, Washington, DC (2019); Franklin Grant, American Philosophical Society (2017); Andrew Mellon Fellowship, Institute for Advanced Study, Princeton (2012); and Max Planck Doctoral Fellowship at the Kunsthistorisches Institut in Florenz (2008/9).

Selected Recent Publications

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

Agents of Faith: Votive Objects in Time and Place. 2018.

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

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

Hildesheim Avant-Garde: Bronze, Columns, and Colonialism
, Speculum 93/3 (July 2018).

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