An art historian specializing in Byzantine and medieval Mediterranean wall and ceiling decoration, I am based in Brooklyn and travel regularly to Turkey and Italy. In my non-academic roles, I write about making and meaning in art through studio visits and essays on After Vasari, and I occasionally show photographic work at Centotto.
My approach to merging technology with creativity stems from a previous career as a graphic designer and art director. At publications such as Martha Stewart Living and Atlanta Magazine, work was collaborative and design was used to further an editorial message; the experience was a segue into digital humanities, wherein these principles are used to answer research questions and convey those findings to various audiences.
My approach to academic service has focused on inclusiveness, with an emphasis on expanding disciplinary boundaries. For instance, the College Art Association Task Force on the Annual Conference (to which I was nominated April-November 2015) looked for ways to support early career researchers and digital art historians.
As Rector (2010-2011) and conference committee member of the Pearl Kibre Medieval Study, I helped further Byzantine and Islamic studies as important additions to the group and facilitated the inclusion of digital humanities into our “New Media and the Middle Ages” conference (Spring 2013). In the same vein, I proposed the option of Ancient Greek as an alternative to the certificate’s Latin requirement while serving as elected student representative to the Medieval Studies Certificate Program Advisory Committee at the GC (Fall 2011-Spring 2013); the committee agreed, strengthening the roles that scholars of the eastern Mediterranean can play in our certificate program.
Credits: Design and photographs are by A.L. McMichael unless otherwise noted. The author photo above is by Erin Peters. The grid of Cappadocian architecture on the homepage is courtesy of Google Image Search. Map tiles are courtesy of the Ancient World Mapping Center. This site was built in WordPress on the CUNY Academic Commons, an Open Access and open source community.