Teaching Philosophy

In architectural and art history courses, I challenge traditional definitions of “medieval” by emphasizing multiculturalism and connections among Roman and Byzantine provinces in the Mediterranean, Anatolia, and areas beyond Europe. My classes examine sources by emphasizing the materiality (tangible properties) of objects that we view first-hand. We also critique digital resources as potential immersive experiences or secondary literature, and discuss social structures as contexts for object- and meaning-making.

Because our understanding of late antique and medieval architecture and objects is often mediated by technology—when we view art via photographs or experience monuments through video or 3D models, for instance—I am interested in ways digital methods and tools can enhance coursework through hands-on interrogation of digitized source material. I also use technology to augment the classroom experience, emphasizing a multi-sensory understanding of art. For these approaches, I received the New Media Lab’s Dewey Digital Teaching Award in 2012.

I have taught undergraduate art history at Hunter College, Montclair State University, and City College of New York (CCNY); honors Digital Humanities at Baruch College; and skills workshops for faculty and graduate students at the CUNY Graduate Center.

Courses Taught

Digital Humanities and the Modern City, IDC 4050H syllabus
Medieval Architecture, ARTH 25300 syllabus
Ancient and Medieval Art in Western Civilization, ARHT 105 syllabus
Romanesque and Gothic Art, ART 21022 syllabus
Art in Non-Western Societies, ARHT 101 syllabus
Introduction to Visual Arts of the World, ART 10000 syllabus
Northern Renaissance Art, ART 21025 syllabus
Development of the Silk Road, Graduate Teaching Assistant

Pedagogical Writings

“Collaborative Definitions” (in AHTR)
“Recreating Byzantine Architecture” (in Experiments in Art History)

Assignments

resource analysis
curatorial paper
comparison paper
iconographic analysis
visual analysis

Workshops Led

Presenting Research with Story Maps
Creating an Interactive Timeline
Intro to Web Mapping with CartoDB
Introduction to WordPress
Organizing Image Collections for Research (handout via GC Digital Fellows)
Intro to Image Editing (tutorial in Tagging the Tower)