AboutI am an art historian and practicing goldsmith studying historic techniques and skilled artistic labor.
My research focuses on Byzantine cloisonné enamel and precious metalwork, with an emphasis on the intersection of Byzantine study of the natural sciences with practices of artistic production. My other interests include the role that highly-skilled craftsmanship played in Byzantine articulations of imperial power, and the position of art-making in Byzantine hierarchies of knowledge. I’ve held fellowships from The Metropolitan Museum of Art, The Samuel H. Kress Foundation, Dumbarton Oaks Research Library and Collection, and the Mary Jaharis Center for Byzantine Art and Culture.
Education2009 – BA, Temple University (Philadelphia, PA)
2011 – MA, The University of Texas at Austin (Austin, TX)
2020 – PhD, Bryn Mawr College (Bryn Mawr, PA)
PublicationsBeautiful Alchemy: Enamel and the Power of Making Art in Medieval Byzantium (monograph manuscript in progress).
“Luxurious Things,” in A Cultural History of Luxury in the Medieval Age, eds. Catherine Kovesi and Timothy McCall (New York: Bloomsbury), forthcoming.
with Emily Neumeier, “”A Church is Never Just a Church”: Hagia Sophia and the Mutability of Monuments,” Journal of the Ottoman and Turkish Studies Association 8 no.1, 215-221.
“Nikephoros Blemmydes: Concerning Gold Making,” in Sources for Byzantine Art History vol. 3: The Visual Culture of Later Byzantium (c. 1081-1350), ed. Foteini Spingou (Cambridge: Cambridge University Press, 2021), 440-53.
“Tokens Touched and Touching,” in Byzantine Things in the World, ed. Glenn Peers (Houston/New Haven: The Menil Collection/Yale University Press, 2013), 109-12.