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 completing 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-editor 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. I am the author of The Bronze Object in the Middle Ages (2016) and of Die Hildesheimer Avantgarde: Kunst und Kolonialismus im mittelalterlichen Deutschland (2023). I am also the curator of the exhibition Agents of Faith: Votive Objects in Time and Place (2018).

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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