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One of several early Christian basilicas on Gemiler Island in Turkey.

My current research focuses on materiality (tangible properties of visual culture) and visuality (socially-constructed practices of viewing) in late antiquity and the early middle ages. My dissertation, “Rising Above the Faithful: Monumental Ceiling Crosses in Byzantine Cappadocia,” examines  ways that ceiling decoration in rock-cut churches guided the viewer’s experience using sight lines and historical references during the sixth to tenth centuries.

Other research topics in my portfolio include Evaluating Digital Scholarship and lowering barriers to the implementation of Linked Data. I also explore the role of photography in digital preservation and archaeology through fostering an online community around my website, Documenting Cappadocia. I am a regular collaborator at Centotto in Brooklyn, and blog about art and design at After Vasari.
Documentation can be a form of preservation, even activism, and in my academic pursuits I’m committed public, open avenues for scholarship. I am also committed to furthering both humanities education and open access resources as part of a wider dialogue of scholarly communications. Along those lines, in 2015 I worked as a Mellon-funded researcher for the College Art Association and Society of Architectural Historians Task Force to Develop Guidelines for Promotion and Tenure in Digital Art and Architectural History, which will facilitate the recognition of digital scholarly pursuits throughout the discipline.


In 2012 I became part of the founding cohort of the GC Digital Fellows program (which is part of the Praxis Network and the GC Digital Scholarship Lab), where I was a fellow for three years. From 2013-2014 I was the Metropolitan Museum of Art’s Hanns Swarzenski and Brigitte Horney Swarzenski Fellow of Medieval Art. I was awarded my PhD program’s Dissertation Fellowship and a Provost’s Digital Innovation Grant for 2015-2016. Additional research support has come from Koç University, the New Media Lab, NYCDH, and GC Digital Initiatives.
See the Projects page for examples and works in progress and the About page for a full CV.


Research Travel + Fieldwork

2014 : Lycia, Pamphylia. 2014 : Basilicata, Puglia. 2013 : Cappadocia, Trabzon, Istanbul. 2012 : London. 2011 : Cappacocia, Istanbul, Berlin. 2009 : Italy, Malta, Croatia. 2008 : Venice, Ravenna, Cairo




Invited Talks + Participation

Institute for Digital Archaeology Method and Practice, NEH funded, organized by Michigan State University’s Department of Anthropology and MATRIX: The Center for Digital Humanities and Social Sciences, invited participant (August 2015 and August 2016)

“Renderings: Encounters and Translations,” panelist, part of Exchange Rates: The Bushwick Expo (October 2014)

Department of Medieval Art and The Cloisters, The Metropolitan Museum of Art, talk for medieval docents, “Byzantine Material Culture in Cappadocia,” (May 2014)

THATCamp CAA 2014, Chicago, lightening talk with Meredith A. Brown “Upcycling:” Building a Professional Online Presence Through Digital Publishing,” (February 2014)

The Metropolitan Museum of Art, public gallery talk, “Divine Light: Capturing the Holy in the Middle Ages,” (December 2013)

Linked Ancient World Data Institute (LAWDI), NEH-sponsored, hosted by New York University’s Institute for the Study of the Ancient World, invited participant (May 2012)

Centotto: galleria [simposio] salotto (in conjunction with SITE Fest 2011) “Star Chasers: Visual Evolution of the Magi,” (March 2011)

Hunter College and The Metropolitan Museum of Art, guest lecturer and museum guide for Prof. Thomas Head’s undergraduate medieval history classes, “Byzantine Icons and Iconoclasm” (Fall 2009-Fall 2010)

Conferences (selected)

GC Digital Initiatives and CUNY DHI event, organizer and moderator,  “Evaluating, Valuing, and Promoting Digital Scholarship” (April 2015)

Fellows Colloquium: Reading the Sacred, The Metropolitan Museum of Art, “Monumental Ceiling Crosses and Material Culture in Byzantine Cappadocia” (April 2014)

2014 Graduate Student Conference on Byzantine Studies, Mary Jaharis Center for Byzantine Art and Culture, Hellenic College Holy Cross, “Rising Above the Faithful,” dissertation report (February 2014)

2013 Byzantine Studies Conference, Byzantine Studies Association of North America, Yale University, “Commemoration in Cappadocia: A Reexamination of the Tomb Chamber in Karabaş Kilise,” (November 2013)

7th Annual Medieval Studies/Pearl Kibre Medieval Study Interdisciplinary Graduate Student Conference, “Documenting Cappadocia: Building a Community Through Digital Scholarship” (March 201

CUNY IT Conference, panelist and panel organizer, “Building and Collaborating: Case Studies in Digital Scholarship,” (November 2012)

46th International Congress on Medieval Studies in Kalamazoo, Michigan, “Secular Travel Narrative and Medieval Christian Society as Represented in Marco Polo’s Livre des Merveilles in Morgan Manuscript 723,” (May 2011)




“Byzantine Cappadocia: Small Data and the Dissertation,” in Thomas Elliott, Sebastian Heath, and
John Muccigrosso, eds., “Current Practice in Linked Open Data for the Ancient World,” ISAW Papers 7 (2014). [link]

“Undoings Redone: Palimpsests and Palimpsests,” in Paul D’Agostino, ed., Marksmen and the Palimpsests, (New York: Centotto, 2010), 50-56. [online version]

“Evaluating Digital Art and Architectural History: a Report to the Digital Task Force of the College Art Association and Society of Architectural Historians,” (July 2015)

Documenting Cappadocia, a website and scholarly community about Byzantine Cappadocia, hosted by the New Media Lab in the Center for Media and Learning, The Graduate Center, CUNY (Fall 2011-present).

Digital Catalog of Cappadocian Ceiling Crosses, a digital dissertation component that is a database of all known ceiling crosses in Byzantine Cappadocia, Digital Archaeology Commons (forthcoming, August 2016).