Graduate Programs

Graduate Programs in north America

Please complete this form to submit details about your institution’s graduate programs related to BSANA. We request one form per department, so please share with relevant colleagues at your institution.

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Brown University

Department of Religious Studies

Box 1927
Providence, RI 02912-1927
Tel: 401-863-3104

Faculty member: Susan Ashbrook Harvey (Late Antique and Byzantine Syriac and Greek Christianity)
Email address:

The relevant graduate program is Religions of the Ancient Mediterranean:

Other key faculty: Prof. Jae Hee Han and Prof. Michael Satlow (Religious Studies); Prof. Jonathan Conant (History); Prof. Sheila Bonde (History of Art and Architecture). There are other relevant faculty in Classics and Archaeology. Brown also has a lively Medieval Studies community, drawing faculty from History, Comparative Literature, Classics, and Archaeology.

Special collections, facilities, museums (etc.) on campus and/or nearby: The Joukowsky Institute of Archaeology and the Ancient World. The Rhode Island School of Design (RISD) Museum. Boston Museum of Fine Arts is near, and the Museum of Russian Icons in Clinton, MA.

Bryn Mawr College

Department of the History of Art

Graduate School of Arts and Sciences
101 North Merion Ave.
Bryn Mawr, PA 19010
Tel: 610-526-5074

Faculty member: Alicia Walker (Byzantine Art and Architectural History)
Email address:

Special collections, facilities, museums (etc.) on campus and/or nearby: Special funding to facilitate student curatorial internships both at Bryn Mawr and in regional, national, and international museums; academic year and summer study abroad opportunities through a collaboration with Koc University, Istanbul; standard funding package includes six years of guaranteed support; exceptional library holdings for the study of the medieval and ancient worlds; strong regional consortium for cross-institutional library access and course enrollment.

University of California, Berkeley

Department of History

3229 Dwinelle Hall
Berkeley, CA 94720-2550
Tel: 510-642-1971

Faculty member: Maria Mavroudi

Courses: General survey of Byzantine history 330-1453; Paleography and auxiliary sciences; Dream Interpretation Before Freud; After the Roman Empire: the East; Introduction to Byzantine Studies; the Afterlife of Antiquity in the Greek and Arabic Middle Ages; Introduction to Post-Classical Greek from the Late Antique to the Byzantine Era.

University of California, Irvine

Department of Art History
Program in Visual Studies

2000 Humanities Gateway
University of California
Irvine, Irvine, CA 92697

Faculty member: Roland Betancourt

Courses: The Byzantine Icon: Art, Theory, and Theology; Temporality and Apocalyptic Thought in Byzantium; What is an Image? An Anthropology of Images and their Users; The Middle Ages in Modern and Contemporary Visual Culture

Special collections, facilities, museums (etc.) on campus or nearby: The Getty, Los Angeles County Museum of Art, The Huntington Library, TLG

University of California, Los Angeles

Department of Architecture and Urban Design

1317 Perloff Hall
Box 951467
Los Angeles, California 90095-1467
Tel: 310-825-7857

Faculty member: Diane Favro

Graduate Seminars: Cultural Mapping; Urbanism

Department of Art History

University of California, Los Angeles
Los Angeles, CA 90095-1417
Tel: 310-206-6905

Faculty member: Sharon Gerstel

Graduate seminars: El Greco: Master of Hybridity; Mount Sinai; Middle Byzantine Art and Archaeology; Late Byzantine Painting; Early Christain Art and Archaeology.

Department of History

University of California, Los Angeles
Los Angeles, CA 90095
Tel: 310-825-3261

Faculty members: Jessica Goldberg, John Langdon

Graduate Seminars: Mediterranean Trade; Topics in Byzantine History

Cotsen Institute of Archaeology

University of California, Los Angeles
A210 Fowler Building
Los Angeles, CA 90095-1510

Faculty member: Ioanna Kakoulli

Graduate Seminars: Byzantine Techniques and Materials in Cyprus; Conservation of Byzantine Monumental Painting

Catholic University of America

Department of Greek and Latin

308 McMahon Hall
620 Michigan Avenue, NE
Washington, DC 20064
Tel: 202-319-5216

Note: The courses below draw students from the Departments of History and Greek and Latin, Schools of Theology/Religious Studies and Philosophy, and Programs in Medieval and Byzantine Studies and Early Christian Studies, all of which have degree programs that include Byzantine fields.

Faculty member: William E. Klingshirn

Titles of Byzantine courses taught 2009-2013: The Mediterranean World of Late Antiquity (to the 8th century).

Faculty member: William J. McCarthy

Titles of Byzantine courses taught 2009-2013: Gregory of Nazianzus, Basil of Caesarea

Graduate Studies in Early Christianity

The Center for the Study of Early Christianity
300 McMahon Hall
Catholic University of America
P.O. Box 337
Washington DC 20064
Tel: 202-319-5795

Director: Philip Rousseau, Andrew W. Mellon Professor of Early Christian Studies
Tel: 202-319-6217

Much of the Center’s work, at both faculty and student levels, impinges inevitably on the Byzantine field. Dr Susan Wessel of the School of Theology and Religious Studies, biographer of Cyril of Alexandria, exemplifies our potential for overlap. CUA is also noted for its scholarship in the Syriac and Coptic spheres, presided over by Professor Sidney Griffith and Dr Janet Timbie. We have a wealth of material in the library of our Institute for Christian Oriental Research, which includes manuscripts, papyri, and ostraka, together with substantial electronic resources. Thanks to the work of the Librarian, Dr Monica Blanchard, and of our visiting Research Fellow, Dr Chrysi Kotsifou, important improvements have been made recently in the conservation, cataloguing, and publication of this material. Our Department of Greek and Latin also has a close interest in the early Christian field, and much of its philological work is directed towards the study of Patristic documents, both Greek and Latin. Finally, our close working relationship with Dumbarton Oaks and other universities in the DC area, and the proximity of the Library of Congress, make CUA an ideal place to pursue research.

Full accounts of faculty research and teaching, together with our other activities, are available on or linked to the Center website:

City University of New York

New York city boasts the Byzantine collection at the Metropolitan Museum, the medieval collection of The Cloisters Museum, in addition to smaller by important collections at MOBIA, The American Numismatic Society, and The Hispanic Society

CUNY Graduate Center

Department of Art History
Department of History
365 Fifth Avenue, NY, NY 10016

Faculty member: Jennifer Ball
Email Address:

Titles of Byzantine courses taught: Monasticism; The Medieval Mediterranean; Early Christian and Byzantine Art

Faculty member: Cynthia Hahn
Email Address:

Titles of Byzantine courses taught: Relics and reliquaries; Saints lives

Faculty member: Eric Ivison
Email Address:

Titles of Byzantine courses taught: Byzantine History

M.A. Study and Faculty at other CUNY Campuses
These members of the CUNY faculty may serve on doctoral committees at the CUNY Graduate Center. Both Queens College and the College of Staten Island offer the possibility of an M.A. in History with a thesis on a Byzantine topic. Brooklyn College, Hunter College, and Queens College offer the Art History M.A. with faculty in Byzantine Studies.

Hendrik Dey, Hunter College, Department of Art History
Research Interests: Art of late antiquity, urbanism and archaeology of the late antique and early medieval West (c. 250-800), particularly in Italy

Christina Christoforatou, Baruch College, Department of English
Research Interests: Medieval Greek poetics (12th-15th centuries), Byzantine intellectual history, iconographic expressions of power, desire and eroticism in late antiquity, gender and sexuality in late Byzantium, pre-modern conceptions of sovereignty

Michael Plekon, Baruch College, Department of Anthropology
Research Interests: Orthodox theology and religious community, Russia and the Russian diaspora

John Shean, La Guardia Community College, Department of Social Science
Research Interests: late antique history, the late Roman army, Christianization within the Roman and early Byzantine military

Warren Woodfin, Queens College, Departments of Art History and History
Research Interests: Art and architecture of the Middle and Late Byzantine periods, history of textiles and dress, church history, Byzantine diplomacy and foreign relations

University of Chicago

Department of History

1126 E. 59th St
Chicago, IL 60637
Tel: 773-702-8397

Program in Ancient Mediterranean World

1115 E. 58th St
Chicago, IL 60637
Tel: 773-702-8514

Faculty member: Walter E. Kaegi
Titles of Byzantine courses taught 2007-2008: (Autumn 07) History

22001/32001 Byzantium and Islam; History 27101/31701 Byzantine Empire 330-610. (Spring 08) History 21702/31702 Byzantine Empire 610-1025; History 16900/Classical Civilization 20900 = Ancient Mediterranean World, III: Late Antiquity.

Also History 998001 Graduate Seminar in Byzantine History

2006-07 (autumn 06) History 21703/31703 Byzantine Empire 1025-1453; History 25701/35701 North Africa Late Antiquity to Islam. (Spring 2007) History 16900/Classical Civilization 20900 Ancient Mediterranean, III: Late Antiquity; History

22002/32002 Byzantine Military History.

Information may also be available from Verity Platt, Art History, concerning Late Antique Art History courses; Clifford Ando concerning Late Antique courses in Classics; David Martinez concerning his courses on papyrology, which include Byzantine materials, as well as courses of Margaret Mitchell, Divinity School, on Greek Patristics.

Other university resources in the Byzantine field: small collection of Greek manuscripts, especially New Testaments; coins and archaeological objects in Oriental Institute Museum. Coptic is taught in the Department of Near Eastern Languages and Civilizations; Byzantine Jewish History and Texts (Genizah) are also taught by Prof. Norman Golb of the Department of Near Eastern Languages and Civilizations.

Strong programs in Early Ottoman History and in Early Islamic Studies and in Late Antique Archaeology of the Near East, latter esp. with Dr. Donald Whitcomb. Byzantine Papyrology available through Prof. David Martinez, Classics Dept. Cooperation with strong program in Early Russian History and Literature. Note: There is a regular workshop for advanced graduate students on Late Antiquity and Byzantium and long-range plans to add a scholar for Byzantine Greek language and literature.

University of Chicago Workshop on Late Antiquity and Byzantium contains timely information on Byzantine activities and news.

Divinity School

1025 East 58th Street
Chicago, IL 60637
Tel: 773-702-8200

Faculty member: Karin Krause
Email: krause@uchicago. edu

Titles of Byzantine courses taught in the past 2 years: Art and Ritual in Byzantium; The Veneration of Icons in Byzantium: History, Theory and Practice; Illuminating the Bible in Byzantium; Byzantine Art: Iconography; The Cult of Relics in Byzantium; Byzantium: Art – Religion – Culture; Early Christian Art

Columbia University

Department of Art History and Archaeology

826 Schermerhorn Hall,
1190 Amsterdam Avenue
New York, New York 10027
Telephone: 212-854-4505
Faculty member: Holger A. Klein
Email address:

Department of Classics

MC 2861
1130 Amsterdam Avenue
617 Hamilton Hall
New York, NY 10027
Tel: 212-854-3902

Faculty member: Alan Cameron, Emeritus

Titles of Byzantine courses taught 2006-7: Pagans and Christians in 4th and 5th century Rome (graduate seminar)

Faculty member: Raffaella Cribiore

Title of courses taught 2004-5: Papyrology

Cornell University

Note: Graduate studies at Cornell are conducted through a “field” system that is semi-independent of the departments. All faculty listed below may supervise dissertations in multiple graduate fields. Before applying, prospective students are encouraged to contact faculty members for advice about which graduate field would be most appropriate.

There are ample opportunities for the study of late antique and Byzantine archaeology at the M.A. and Ph.D. levels through the newly launched Cornell Institute for Archaeology and Material Studies (

Department of Classics

120 Goldwin Smith Hall
Ithaca, NY 14853
(607) 255-2471

Department of History

450 McGraw Hall
Ithaca, NY 14853
(607) 255-8862

Faculty Member: Eric Rebillard (joint appointment in Classics and History)

Graduate fields: Archaeology; Classics; History; Medieval Studies; Near Eastern Studies

Titles of Byzantine related courses taught within the past two years: Christianity and the Transformations of the Roman Empire in Late Antiquity; Sharing the City: Pagans, Jews, and Christians in Late Antiquity

Department of the History of Art

GM08 Goldwin Smith Hall
Ithaca, NY 14853
(607) 255-9861

Faculty Member: Benjamin Anderson

Graduate fields: Archaeology; Classics; History of Art; Medieval Studies; Near Eastern Studies

Titles of Byzantine related courses taught within the past two years: Constantinople / Istanbul, 330-1566; Byzantine Iconoclasm, Art of Late Antiquity, Hagia Sophia, and Medieval Cosmologies.

Department of Near Eastern Studies

409 White Hall
Ithaca, NY 14853
(607) 255-6275

Faculty Member: Kim Haines-Eitzen (joint appointment in Classics and Near Eastern Studies)

Graduate fields: Classics; Feminist, Gender, & Sexuality Studies; Medieval Studies; Near Eastern Studies

Titles of Byzantine related courses taught within the last two years: Sound, Silence & the Sacred; History and Literature of Early Christianity; Suffering and the Early Christian Imagination: Apocalypticism, Gnosticism, Asceticism; Gender and Sexuality in Late Antiquity

Duke University

The Divinity School

407 Chapel Drive
Durham, NC 27708-0968

Faculty members:Meredith L.D. Riedel
Email address:

Titles of Byzantine courses taught 2001-2013: Byzantine Iconography, Byzantium and Islam, Byzantium and the Bible, History of Eastern Orthodoxy

Department of Religion

118 Gray Building, Box 90964
Durham, NC 27708
Tel: 919-660-3510

Faculty members: Lucas Van Rompay

Department of Art and Art History

112 East Duke Building
Campus Drive
Durham NC 27708
Tel: 919-684-2224

Faculty member: Annabel Wharton

University of Florida

Department of History

PO Box 117320
University of Florida
Gainesville, FL 32611-7320
Tel: (352) 392-0271, (352) 392-2075

The History Department has a strong concentration in late antique and Byzantine studies in cooperation with the Department of Classics and the Center for Greek Studies and drawing on the resources of diverse faculty from the Center for Medieval and Early Modern Studies. Our particular strengths are Late Antiquity, Byzantine Christianity, and Byzantium and the Slavs. Besides graduate seminars and advanced undergraduate courses on Byzantine-related topics, we have an active graduate Byzantine Greek reading group and a cluster of MA and PhD students working on Byzantine topics. In recent years one faculty member and one doctoral student have won fellowships at Dumbarton Oaks.

Faculty member: Andrea Sterk
Email Address:

Titles of Byzantine courses taught since 2005:

Graduate Seminars: Mission, Conversion, Christianization (200-1000); Late Antiquity

Advanced Undergraduate: Pagans, Christians, Barbarians: The World of Late Antiquity; “New Rome”: Church and Culture in the Byzantine Empire; History of World Christianity, 100-1300; Women in Ancient and Medieval Christianity; The Medieval World; seminar: “Converting” the Mediterranean World

Faculty member: Florin Curta
Email Address:

Titles of Byzantine courses taught:

Graduate: The Empire and the barbarians; Economy and society in Late Antiquity and the early Middle Ages; Ethnicity in the Middle Ages; The archaeology of the Middle Ages; Conversion in the Middle Ages

Undergraduate: Early Middle Ages; Byzantine History; Medieval Russia; Medieval Archaeology; Holy War in the Middle Ages; The History of Orthodox Christianity; Medieval Archaeology Field Practicum

Faculty member: Kostas Kapparis
Email Address:

Titles of Byzantine courses taught:

Graduate: Byzantine Paleography and textual criticism (special topic); Readings in Byzantine Literature (reading colloquium); Latin Christian Authors (including a significant component of Greek Church Fathers in translation); Lactantius and the Era of Constantine.

Undergraduate: The Literature and Culture of Byzantium; Rome and Early Christianity

Florida State University

Department of Art History

1019 William Johnston Building
143 Honors Way
Tallahassee, FL 32306 – 1233

Faculty member: Lynn Jones
Email Address:

Titles of Byzantine courses taught: Constantinople; East of Byzantium; Blood & Power: Relics of the True Cross; New Constantines; New Romes

Faculty member: Erika Loic
Email Address:

Titles of Byzantine courses taught: Global Middle Ages; Art of the Medieval Book; Art and Exchange in Medieval Iberia

Fordham University

Department of Theology

Rose Hill Campus
Bronx, NY 10458.
Tel: 718-817-3240

Faculty member: George Demacopoulos

Email Address:

Titles of Byzantine courses taught 2009-2011: Cappadocian Fathers, Cappadocian Greek, Medieval and Byzantine Asceticism, Early Christian Ritual, Readings in Late Byzantine Christianity

Faculty members: Aristotle Papanikolaou, plus a large number faculty in Early and Medieval Christianity

George Washington University

Department of Art

Smith Hall of Art, Room A101
801 22nd Street, NW
Washington, DC 20052
Tel: (202) 994-6085

Titles of Byzantine courses taught 1996-97, 1997-98: Icons-Manuscripts Connoisseurship; Medieval Byzantine Small Objects

Harvard University

Department of History of Art and Architecture

Arthur M. Sackler Museum
485 Broadway
Cambridge, MA 02138
(617) 495-2377

Faculty member: Ioli Kalavrezou Dumbarton Oaks Professor of the History of Byzantine Art.

Titles of Byzantine courses taught 1996-2007: Topography of Constantinople; Art of the Court of Constantinople; Study of Byzantine Manuscript Illustration; Byzantine Women; Local Cults and the Development of Pilgrimage Sites; Use of Materials in Byzantine Culture(seminar series);Art, Faith and Power: Introduction to Early Christian and Byzantine Art.(Lower division); Icon and Relic in Byzantine Constantinople; The place of protective and apotropaic objects and magic in Byzantium, 4th-15th c.; Topics in Early Christian Art; The Cult of Images.

Department of History

Robinson Hall
35 Quincy Street
Cambridge, MA 02138
Tel: 617- 495-2556

Faculty member: Michael McCormick

Titles of Byzantine courses taught: Medieval Studies 101. The Auxiliary Disciplines of Medieval History (2004-05) (2006-07);History 2122. Early Medieval History: Communications in the Early Medieval Mediterranean(Graduate Seminar) (2004-05); History 1101. Medieval Europe (2005-06); History 1111. The Fall of the Roman Empire (2006-07)

Department of Classics

204 Boylston Hall
Cambridge, MA 02138
(617) 495-4027

Titles of Byzantine courses taught 1996-2011: Introduction to Byzantine Greek; Freshman Seminar, “Meeting the Byzantines”; Greek Paleography (workshop); Byzantine Saints’ Lives (seminar); Introduction to Medieval Greek Culture; Byzantine Chronographic Tradition (seminar); Readings in the Cappadocian Fathers; Byzantine Religious Tales; Editing Greek Christian Literature (seminar); The Literature of Iconoclasm (seminar); Byzantine Hagiography of the Seventh Century.

Faculty member: Panagiotis Roilos

Titles of related seminars 2006-8: Dreams and Literature
Titles of Byzantine courses taught 2002-03: The Byzantine Novel
Titles of Byzantine courses taught 1996-97,1997-98: Readings in Byzantine Greek; Prodromic Poems (seminar)
Other university resources in the Byzantine field: art collection and coin collection in Sackler Museum; manuscripts in the Houghton Library; papyri; special seminars and lectures in Byzantine studies sponsored by the Standing Committee of the FAS, on Medieval Studies; D.O.-Committee on Medieval Studies Exchange program.

University of Illinois at Urbana-Champaign

Department of Art History (MA, PhD)

935 W. Harrison Street
Chicago, IL 60607
Tel: 312-996-3303

Faculty member: Heather E. Grossman

Titles of Byzantine related courses taught:
AH 441/540:Topics in Medieval Art and Architecture. Recent topics have included:
Interactions: Cultures Across the Mediterranean; Constantinople/Istanbul; The Medieval Mediterranean City; Responding to Medieval Architecture and its Arts

Department of Classics

4080 Foreign Languages Building
707 South Mathews Ave
Urbana, IL 61801-3676
Tel: 217-333-1008

Faculty Member: Danuta Shanzer, Emerita, Classics

Department of History

309 Gregory Hall
810 S. Wright Street
Urbana, IL 61801
Tel: (217) 333-1155

Faculty member: Ralph Mathisen

Titles of Byzantine related courses taught: One class in Byzantine history offered every other year.

*Ph.D. program with a concentration in Late Antiquity

Indiana University

Department of History

Ballantine Hall 742
Bloomington, IN 47405-7103

Faculty member: Deborah M. Deliyannis

Titles of Byzantine courses taught: Byzantine History; Medieval Historiography.

Department of History of Art

Fine Arts Building 132
Bloomington, IN 47405-3501

Faculty member: Sarah Bassett

Other university resources in the Byzantine field: Art Museum, Lilly Library of rare manuscripts.

Department of Religious Studies

Sycamore Hall 230
Bloomington, IN 47405-7005

Faculty member: Jeremy Schott

Titles of Byzantine courses taught: Elementary Syriac; Advanced Readings in Syriac; Elementary Coptic; Advanced Readings in Coptic; Sacrifice; Early Christian Thought; Gnostic Religion and Literature

Other university resources in the Byzantine field:

Department of Near Eastern Languages and Cultures
Department of Central Eurasian Studies
Program in Ancient Studies
Medieval Studies Institute
Indiana University Art Museum
Lilly Library of rare manuscripts
Affiliated faculty: W. Eugene Kleinbauer (Art History, emeritus); Thomas J. Mathiesen (Musicology); Jamsheed Chosky (Central Eurasian Studies).

Johns Hopkins University

Department of History of Art

268 Mergenthaler Hall
3400 N. Charles Street
Baltimore, MD 21218-2685
Tel: 410-516-7117

Titles of Byzantine courses taught: Secular Arts of Byzantium; Early Christian and Byzantine Textiles; Late Antique and Byzantine Floor Mosaics; Medieval Art and Architecture of Venice; Early Christian and Byzantine Wall Mosaics.
Other university resources in the Byzantine field: The department works closely with the Walters Art Museum, which has rich holdings in Byzantine and medieval art and manuscripts.

University of Kentucky

Department of Art

207 Fine Arts Building
Lexington, KY 40506
Tel: 589-257-2727

The M.A. program is without specialization. A student may elect a specialization through coursework and M.A. thesis topic, but no formal recognition of that focus is made.
No Ph.D. program in a Byzantine field.

Faculty member: Christine Havice

Titles of Byzantine courses taught 1996-97, 1997-98: Byzantine Art; Studies in Genre: Late Antique Portraiture; Illuminated Manuscripts

Faculty member: Alice Christ

Titles of Byzantine courses taught 1996-97, 1997-98: Arts of Early Christian Rome (II-VII Century)
Note: Students can prepare for Byzantine study at the M.A. level through art, history, and language courses, but there is no formal Byzantine Studies program for graduate students.

Department of History

1715 Patterson Office Tower
Lexington, KY 40506-0027
Tel: 859-257-6861 [Link]

Faculty member: Robert Olson

Titles of Byzantine courses taught 1996-97, 1997-98: Fall of Byzantium: Emergence of Ottoman Empire
Note: No information has been received from David Olster.
Other university resources in the Byzantine field: 2 Russian icons

Loyola University Chicago

Department of Classical Studies

1032 W. Sheridan Road
Crown Center 581
Chicago, IL 60660
Tel: 773-508-3650

Faculty member: Jacqueline Long

Titles of Byzantine & late antique courses taught : Ammianus Marcellinus, Augustine, Confessions, The Historia Augusta.

Byzantine related faculty: Greg Dobrov, among more classical interests, also Byzantine hymnography. James G. Keenan, Greek, Papyrology (covering other periods also), Roman Law, Byzantine Egypt.

Note: In Fall 2011 the Department will begin to offer a Post-Baccalaureate Certificate in Classical Studies, useful to students in all fields who need competence in ancient Greek and Latin for graduate studies.

Department of History

1032 W. Sheridan Road
Crown Center 501
Chicago, IL 60660
Tel: 773-508-2221

Faculty member: Leslie Dossey at this time only teaching undergrad courses

Department of Theology

1032 W. Sheridan Rd.
Crown Center 300
Chicago, IL 60660
Tel: 773-508-2350

Faculty member: Andrew Radde-Gallwitz

Titles of Byzantine & late antique courses taught: Ethics and Asceticism in the Christian Tradition; Ancient and Medieval Christian Thought; Figures and Themes in Early Christianity: Augustine.

University of Maryland

Department of History

2115 Francis Scott Key Hall
University of Maryland
College Park, MD 20742-7315
Tel: 301-405-4265

Faculty member: Kenneth G. Holum

The Department of History is not currently offering graduate courses in Byzantine Studies Graduate courses continue to include a reading course in Late Antiquity and a reading course on the Roman Near East from Augustus to the Muslim Conquest.

McGill University

Art History & Communications Studies

853 Sherbrooke Street West, Arts Building W-240.
Montreal, Quebec, H3A 2T6.
Tel: (514) 398-3651

Faculty member: Cecily Hilsdale
Email Address:

Titles of Byzantine courses taught: The Medieval Gift: Anthropological Theory and Art Historical Practice, Medieval Encounters with Islam, The Medieval City: Constantinople, Visual Cultures of the Medieval Mediterranean, The Pre-Modern Object

University of Michigan

Department of History

555 South State Street
Ann Arbor, MI 48109-1045
Phone (734) 764-6305
Fax (734) 647-4881

Faculty member: Rudi Paul Lindner

Teaches Byzantine and Ottoman history and a graduate seminar on Byzantine and Turkic Historiography.

Faculty member: Raymond Van Dam

Teaches courses and seminars on late antiquity and early Byzantine History

History Faculty member: John V. A. Fine

Teaches courses and seminars on Byzantine history, Balkan history, and the history of the formation of Christian institutions in the eastern and western Mediterranean.

Department of Classics

2160 Angell Hall
435 S. State Street
Ann Arbor, MI 48109

Faculty member: Donald Cameron
Teaches small graduate courses in Byzantine Greek in alternate years.

Faculty member: David Potter
Gives annual seminars on the history of late antiquity

Faculty Member: Sara Ahbel-Rappe
Offers courses on late antique philosophy

Other university resources in the Byzantine field: Papyrology Room, Kelsey Museum of Archaeology, Museum of Art, Rare Books and Special Collections

University of Minnesota-Twin Cities Campus

Department of Art History

338 Heller Hall
Minneapolis, MN 55455
Tel: (612) 625-6384

Faculty member: Matthew Canepa
Prof. Canepa is a specialist in the art and archaeology of the late Roman/early Byzantine Empire and pre-Islamic Iran. His research focuses on the intersection of art, ritual and power in the eastern Mediterranean, Persia and the wider Iranian world. He advises graduate students interested in the art, architecture and archaeology of Late Rome/Early Byzantium, Persia and the Iranian world.

Late Antique and Byzantine Courses taught: ARTH 5188 – Late Roman-Byzantine Art and Archaeology, Art of Persia and the Ancient Iranian World: art and archaeology of the Achaemenid, Arsacid, and Sasanian empires, ARTH 3009 – Medieval Mediterranean and Western Asia and various graduate seminars.

Department of Anthropology

395 Humphrey Center
301 19th Ave S
Minneapolis, MN 55455

Faculty member: Peter Wells
Prof. Wells specializes in the European Bronze and Iron Ages, the Roman Period, and the early medieval period. His research interests include the Fall of the Roman Empire, Roman-Medieval Transition in Europe, the northern frontiers of the Roman Empire in late antiquity and the early Middle Ages and the interaction between Roman, Germanic and Celtic cultures.

Anth 4043 – Archaeology of Northern Europe, The Archaeology of the British Isles (Anth 5442),
and various graduate seminars

Department of Classical and Near Eastern Studies

245 Nicholson Hall
Minneapolis, MN 55455

Faculty member: Oliver Nicholson

Titles of Byzantine courses taught:: Ages of Constantine, S. Augustine of Hippo and Justinian and Muhammad (undergraduate); Late Antique Latin (undergraduate and graduate)
Other university resources in the Byzantine field: small collection of papyri, one or two of which are Late Antique.

Note: Prof. Nicholson teaches Late Antiquity, but his undergraduate teaching is heavily Latin with a Byzantine twist (e.g., Adamnan, De locis sanctis). The Classics Department is very varied, and the campus is immense, with a thriving Center for Mediaeval Studies.

Faculty member: Philip Sellew
Prof. Sellew’s research and teaching interests include early Christianity and the language and literature of Egyptian Christianity (and Gnosticism too) in Late Antiquity and the early Middle Ages.

Late Antique and Byzantine Courses Taught: Elementary Coptic, Grk 5360 – Literature; Religious Texts, Death and the Afterlife in the Ancient World

Department of History

1110 Heller Hall
271 19th Ave S
Minneapolis, MN 55455

Faculty member: Giancarlo Casale
Prof. Casale is a specialist in the history of the early modern Ottoman empire, and holds interests in the history of geography and cartography, global exploration, and comparative empires.

Department of Music (Musicology)

100 Ferguson Hall, 2106 4th St S,
Minneapolis, MN 55455
Phone: 612-624-5740

Faculty member: Gabriela Currie
Prof. Currie’s research interests and publications concern medieval music theory, the intersection between musical and scientific thought in the early- and pre-modern eras, iconography, and travel accounts as early ethnographies of Byzantine, Balkan, and Ottoman musical traditions.

Title of Byzantine Courses Taught: MUS 5950 – Music and Culture along the Silk Road, MUS 8640 – Medieval Musical Thought, HSEM – Politics, Nationalism, and Music in the Balkans

Center for Medieval Studies

271 19th Ave S,
1020 Heller Hall,
Minneapolis, MN 55455
Phone: 612-626-0805

The interdisciplinary home for Medieval Studies at University of Minnesota.

University of Missouri-Columbia

Department of Art History and Archaeology

109 Pickard Hall
Columbia, MO 65311
Tel: 573-882-6711

Faculty member: Marcus Rautman

Titles of Byzantine courses taught 1996-97, 1997-98: Early Christian and Byzantine Art and Archaeology; Late Antique Art and Archaeology
Other university resources in the Byzantine field: Museum of Art and Archaeology

University of Missouri-St. Louis

Department of Music, Center for the Humanities

One University Boulevard
St. Louis, MO 63121
Tel: 314-516-5980

Faculty member: Diane Touliatos

Titles of Byzantine courses taught: History of Byzantine Music and Hymnography; Comparative Medieval Music: Western and Byzantine Music; 2001 Women Composers in Ancient Greece and Byzantium; independent directed studies in medieval Byzantine music
Other university resources in the Byzantine field: microfilms in medieval Byzantine music

New York University

Institute of Fine Arts

1 East 78th St.
New York, NY 10021-0178
Tel: 212-992-5800

No Byzantine-related M.A. program

Faculty member: Thelma Thomas (as of 2007-08)
Email address:

Titles of Byzantine courses taught in 2011-2013: Byzantine Art, 9th-15th Centuries; Portraying the Holy Man in Late Antiquity.

Special collections, facilities, museums, etc. nearby
Metropolitan Museum of Art, Pierpont Morgan Library, The Brooklyn Museum

Department of History

53 Washington Square South, 7th Floor
New York, NY 10012
Tel: 212- 998-8600

Faculty member: Kostis Smyrlis

Titles of Byzantine courses taught in 2006-7: Topics in Medieval History: Crusade and Trade; Byzantine History Survey, 4th-9th c.

Titles of Byzantine courses taught in 2007-8, Fall: Topics in Medieval History: Crusade and Trade; Byzantine History Survey, 4th-9th c.; Spring: Byzantine History Survey, 10th-15th c.; Graduate Seminar: Byzantium and the West, 4th-15th c.

No Byzantine-related M.A. program in the Department of History
Other university resources in the Byzantine field: Papamarkou Endowment specifically for Byzantine acquisitions at the Bobst Library

University of North Carolina

Department of Art

111 Hayes Art Center
Chapel Hill, NC 27599-3405
Tel: 919-962-2015

Courses – 2004-2006: (Art 264) in Medieval Art; (Art 351) on the Art of the Crusaders in the Holy Land; (Art 471) on Art in Northern Europe, 1300 – 1550; the End of the Middle Ages

Seminars – Spring 2004: Seminar (Art 961) in Medieval Icon Painting: Byzantine, Crusader and Italian: The Problem of Chrysography; Fall 2005: Seminar (Art 961) in Medieval Ornament; Fall 2007 (projected) Seminar (Art 962) The Crusader Artistic Impact on the Italian Maniera Greca

Effective 1 July 2008, Jaroslav Folda will retire as N. Ferebee Taylor Professor of the History of Art at UNC.

Faculty member: Dorothy Verkerk

Titles of Byzantine-related courses taught 1998-99: Medieval Architecture (intermediate level undergraduate); Medieval Ivories (seminar);1999-00: Ornament (seminar)

Department of Classics

CB# 3145, 212 Murphey Hall
University of North Carolina
Chapel Hill, NC 27599-3145
Tel: 919-962-7191

Titles of Byzantine courses taught 1996-97, 1997-98, 1998-2000: Art of Mosaic; Topography of Constantinople; Art in the Age of Justinian and Theodora; Women of Byzantium; Early Christian and Byzantine Art; Byzantine Civilization

Other university resources in the Byzantine field: Ackland Museum has a few small Byzantine objects, and the Duke University Library has a collection of Byzantine manuscripts.
Note: There is a Medieval Studies minor at both the undergraduate and graduate levels; it includes Byzantine Studies; the graduate Medieval Studies minor can be applied to Byzantine Studies.

Northwestern University

Department of Art History

Kresge Centennial Hall-Room 3-400
1880 Campus Drive
(847) 491-7077

Faculty Member:TBA
Email Address: TBA

Titles of Byzantine courses taught in 2007-8:TBA

Undergraduate Courses:TBA

The University of Notre Dame

The University of Notre Dame sponsors the field of Byzantine Studies through its Medieval Institute, university press (e.g. the Michael Psellos series), and several departments within the College of Arts & Letters, including Anthropology, History and especially Theology. The Hesburgh Libraries system has one of the nation’s largest collections in Byzantine Studies, including the Milton V. Anastos Collection. There are currently several PhD students at the university who are writing dissertations in Byzantine Studies and related fields, and the Medieval Institute sponsors one of the country’s only postdoctoral programs in Byzantine Studies.

Medieval Institute

715 Hesburgh Library
Notre Dame, IN 46556

Faculty member: Thomas E. Burman, director (medieval Mediterranean history)

*Faculty fellows of the Medieval Institute associated with Byzantine Studies are listed under their respective departments below

Department of Anthropology

296 Corbett Family Hall
Notre Dame, IN 46556

Faculty member: Susan Sheridan (Byzantine bioarcheology)

Department of History

219 O’Shaughnessy Hall
Notre Dame, IN 46556

Faculty member: Alexander Beihammer (Byzantine history, especially middle and late)

Department of Theology

130 Malloy Hall
Notre Dame, IN 46556
Tel. 574-631-7811

Faculty member: Khaled Anatolios (Eastern Christian theology)

Faculty member: Yury P. Avvakumov (Latin-Byzantine and Latin-Slavic relations)
Email address:

Faculty member: Brian Daley, SJ (Greek patristics)
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Faculty member: Nina Glibetic (Byzantine liturgy and medieval Slavic religious history)
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Faculty member: Robin Jensen (early Christian and Byzantine visual and material culture)
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Faculty member: Blake Leyerle (early Byzantine social and cultural history)
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Faculty member: Gabriel Radle (Byzantine liturgy)
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Faculty Member: Alexis Torrance (Byzantine theology)

Ohio State University

Department of History

106 Dulles Hall
230 West 17th Avenue
Columbus, OH 43210
Tel: 614-292-2674

Faculty member: Timothy E. Gregory
Email address:

Titles of Byzantine courses taught 1996-97, 1997-98: Classics 294 (Greece after the Golden Age); History 607.01 (Early Byzantine Empire); History 607.02 (Later Byzantine Empire); History 808 (seminar in Byzantine History); Medieval and Renaissance Studies 694 (Religion and Material Culture in Late Antiquity and the Middle Ages).1998-2000: History 607.01 (Early Byzantine Empire), History 607.02 (Later Byzantine Empire), History 808 (seminar on City and Country in Byzantium)

Faculty member: Kristina M. Sessa
Email address:

Titles of Byzantine Courses taught 2007-8: Gender and the Household in the Late Roman and Early Christian Empire (graduate seminar)

Department of Classics

414 University Hall
230 North Oval Mall
Columbus, Ohio 43210-1319
Tel: 614-292-2744

Faculty member: Anthony Kaldellis
Email address:

Titles of Byzantine courses taught: Travels of the Byzantine Ambassadors (upper-level Greek); Introduction to Medieval Constantinople (UG survey); Classicizing Historians of Late Antiquity (graduate seminar); Hellenism in Byzantium (graduate seminar); and various Topics in Byzantine Literature (graduate seminar).

Other Byzantine resources at OSU: Hilandar Research Library (the largest collection of medieval Slavic manuscripts on microform in the world); Center for Epigraphical and Paleographical Studies (a special library and collection of squeezes, offering fellowships, conferences, and workshops); Ohio State University Excavations at Isthmia; Eastern Korinthia Archaeological Survey and other programs and Centers listed here.

University of Ottawa

Department of Classics & Religious Studies

10th Floor, Desmarais Building
55 Laurier Ave. East
Ottawa, ON K1N 6N5
Tel: 613-562-5714
Museum of Antiquities

Faculty member: Prof. R. Burgess
Email address:

Faculty member: Prof. D. Côté
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Faculty member: Prof. J. Dijkstra
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Faculty member: Geoffrey Greatrex
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The department offers a two-year M.A. in Late Antiquity, which may focus on the Roman or post-Roman West, but equally on the early Byzantine empire. The four faculty members listed have particular strengths in chronicles, numismatics, the Second Sophistic, late Roman/early Byzantine Egypt, papyrology, relations with Sasanian Persia in Late Antiquity and the period of Justinian.

University of Pennsylvania

Department of History of Art

Meyerson Hall
Philadelphia, PA 19104

Faculty member: Robert Ousterhout
Robert Ousterhout teaches art and architectural history courses, including Introduction to Byzantine Art and Architecture; Constantinople and Medieval Urbanism; Historic Building Technologies; Arts of Cappadocia; Iconography of Medieval Jerusalem.

Note: Penn has exchange agreements with Princeton, Bryn Mawr, and Delaware, and Penn students can take courses at these universities. Penn also has a program for Archaeology of the Ancient Mediterranean World (note website), which includes Byzantine and Islamic.

Additional faculty: Elizabeth Bolman (Coptic and Egyptian art, Temple University) is adjunct faculty. Robert Maxwell (Medieval Art, History of Art Department, Penn) taught Intro to Byzantine Art in 2004-05. C.L. Striker (History of Art Department, Penn) is retired.

There are possibilities for participation in archaeological fieldwork through AAMW program.

The University of Pennsylvania Museum collection includes Byzantine objects and papyri from Egypt and the Middle East.

Pennsylvania State University

Department of Art History

229 Arts Building
University Park, PA 16802
Tel: 814-865-6326

Faculty member: Anthony Cutler

Titles of Byzantine courses taught 1996-97, 1997-98: Survey of Byzantine Art; Methods of Research in Byzantine Art (seminar)
Other university resources in the Byzantine field: icons in Palmer Museum; manuscript facsimiles in Rare Books Collection

Princeton University

Department of Classics

141 East Pyne
Princeton, New Jersey
Tel: 609-258-3951

Faculty Member: Emmanuel C. Bourbouhakis
Email address:

Titles of Byzantine courses taught 2011-13: Homer After Homer: the reception of Homeric Epic in Late Antiquity, the Greek and Latin Middle Ages, and Modern Europe; Introduction to Post-classical Greek Language and Literature from the Late Antique to the Byzantine Era; Problems in Post-Classical and Byzantine Greek Literature – Post-Classical and Byzantine Greek Historiography 3rd-9th c.; Graduate Tutorials: Procopius; Pachymeres.

Department of History

129 Dickinson Hall
Princeton, NY 08544
Tel: 609-258-4159

Faculty members:

John Haldon
Titles of Byzantine courses taught 2006-7: Transformation of the Ancient World: Byzantine History 500-1200; Nomads and sedentary states: from the Huns to the Mongols; Byzantium in the 10th century (undergraduate); Problems in Byzantine History; Sources and Problems (graduate); Introduction to the Professional Study of History (graduate)

Jack Tannous
Email address:

Titles of Byzantine courses taught 2012-14: Conversion: Christianization and Islamization; The World of Late Antiquity (undergraduate); Monotheism and Society from Constantine to Harun al-Rashid (graduate).

Teresa Shawcross
Email address:
Titles of Byzantine courses taught 2013-14: The Crusades; Venice and the Mediterranean World (undergraduate)

Alan Stahl
Email address:

Titles of Byzantine courses taught 2006-14: Ancient and Medieval Coinage (Graduate); The Transition from Antiquity to the Middle Ages: The Numismatic Evidence (Undergraduate and Graduate)

Department of Art and Archaeology

105 McCormick Hall
Princeton, NY 08544
Tel: 609-258-3782
Faculty member: Charles Barber

Email address:

Titles of Byzantine courses taught 2013-14: Byzantine Art and Archaeology; Iconoclasm (graduate); The Formation of Christian Art; Problems in Late Antique and Byzantine Art and Architecture: Illuminated Manuscripts (graduate)

No Byzantine-related M.A. program

Queen’s University

Department of History

Kingston, Ontario, CANADA
Tel: 613-533-2150

Faculty Member: Richard Greenfield
Email address:

Titles/topics of Byzantine courses taught 2009-2015: Undergraduate lectures: ‘Byzantium’; ‘The Crusades’. Combined graduate/undergraduate seminars: ‘Byzantine Society’; ‘Medieval Mediterranean Societies’; ‘The Crusades and the Latin Kingdoms’; ‘Medieval Greece’. Graduate only seminars: ‘The construction of orthodoxy and unorthodoxy in Byzantium’; ‘Religious Identity, dissidence and interaction in the pre-modern Mediterranean’; ‘Medieval Greece’; ‘Saints and Sorcerers – the construction of sanctity and magic in Byzantium’.

Note: Our PhD and MA program includes broader opportunities to work on the Medieval and Early Modern Mediterranean with Drs Adnan Husain (Medieval Mediterranean and Islamic World), Antony D’Elia (Italian Renaissance), Ariel Salzman (Ottoman, Middle Eastern and Mediterranean), and Nancy van Deusen (Iberia, Colonial Latin America). Further opportunities for work that involves Late Antique history and Mediterranean archaeology are available in co-operation with the Department of Classics and particularly Dr. George Bevan (Late Antiquity, Syriac, Papyrology, Digital Humanities):

Rutgers University

Department of Art History

Vorhees Hall
71 Hamilton Street
New Brunswick, NJ 08901-1248
Tel: 732-932-7041

Faculty member: Archer St. Clair Harvey

Titles of Byzantine courses regularly taught: Art of Late Antiquity; Problems in Early Christian and Byzantine Art

Department of History (with Classics and Religion)

Van Dyck Hall
16 Seminary Place
New Brunswick, NJ 08901
Tel: 732-932-7905

Websites with contact information:, and,

Note: A doctoral program in Late Antique & Byzantine History can be tailored, under the guidance of up to three faculty variously in History, Religion, and Classics (see below), with primary admission through the History graduate program. An interdisciplinary doctoral program in Byzantine History, and Art History, can also be negotiated, with primary admission either in the History or Art History graduate programs. For the Art History component see above. Students have also tailored doctoral programs combining western medieval and Byzantine history, with comparative focus on a particular period.

Strengths for a doctoral program in History include Late Antique gender, religion, & political ideology; middle Byzantine ecclesiastical history, & conflict between orthodoxy and Catholicism; and Palaiologan Byzantium and the Turkic world.

Faculty members:

Tuna Artun (History)

Tia Kolbaba (Religion)

Sarolta Takacs (Classics)

Stephen Reinert (History)

Titles of Graduate Level Byzantine Courses Offered: varies (under colloquium and seminar rubrics) according to interest of faculty and students.

Saint Louis University

Department of History

3800 Lindell Boulevard
St. Louis, MO 63108
Tel: 314-977-2910

Faculty member: Warren Treadgold
Email address:
M.A. program in Late Ancient and Byzantine History; Ph.D. program in Medieval History (including Byzantine History)

Byzantine courses taught 2012-13: Byzantine History (undergraduate and graduate lecture); Introduction to Byzantine History (seminar); Byzantine History (seminar)

2002-03: Byzantine-Western Relations (seminar); 2003-4 (on leave); 2004-05: Byzantine courses taught 2013-14: Byzantine History (undergraduate and graduate lecture; The Byzantine Historians (seminar); Byzantine-Western Relations (seminar)

The Department of History sponsors The Byzantine Forum, a series of lectures and discussions on topics of Byzantine interest, as well as the similar Crusader Studies Forum. There are currently six graduate students in the Byzantine program.

Department of Theological Studies

Humanities Building #124
3800 Lindell Boulevard
St. Louis, MO 63108-3414
Phone: 314-977-2881

Other university resources in the Byzantine field: Vatican Library Manuscript Collection available on microfilm, the only complete collection in the United States; Center for Medieval and Renaissance Studies; university library has excellent periodicals section; Lewis Annex contains resources for Early Church.

Note: Fellowships are offered by the Vatican Microfilm Library.
Seton Hall University
Immaculate Conception Seminary School of Theology

Department of Ecclesiastical History

400 South Orange Avenue
South Orange, New Jersey
Tel: 973-275-5845
Faculty Member: Ines Angeli Murzaku
Email address:

Titles of Byzantine (or related) courses taught: Eastern Christianity; Mediterranean Christianity; Monasticism; History of Christianity; Medieval Christianity; History of Spirituality; Worshipping with the Fathers of the Church; Ecumenical Movement in the Church

Other Byzantine resources at SHU:Valente Collection, The Monsignor James C. Turro Theology Library; Monsignor William Noé Field University Archives and Special Collections Center; Eparchy of Passaic; Seton Hall Roman coin collection in the Archives/Special Collections; Drew University

University of Southern California

Department of Art History

3501 Trousdale Parkway, THH 355 MC 0351
University Park
Los Angeles, CA 90089-0351
(213) 740-4552

Faculty member: Ann Marie Yasin (joint appointment in Art History and Classics)


Research Interests: Roman, Late Antique, and Early Byzantine architecture and material culture; temporality and the built environment; ancient urbanism; monuments and commemoration; sacred landscapes and material culture of religion; Roman and late antique Italy, North Africa, Asia Minor, and the Middle East

Titles of Byzantine courses taught recently: Late Antique Art and Archaeology; Late Antique Cityscapes; The Material World of the Romans; Collecting the Sacred; The City of Rome: Materiality and Memory.

Special collections, facilities, museums (etc.) on campus or nearby: Getty Museum (Getty Center and Villa), Getty Research Institute, Huntington Library and Art Collections, Los Angeles County Museum of Art, Norton Simon Museum, USC Fisher Museum

Department of Classics

3560 Watt Way, PED 130
Los Angeles, CA 90089-0652
(213) 760-3676

Faculty member: Brandon Bourgeois


Research Interests: the Roman political tradition; Roman Republican and imperial history and literature; late antique/early Byzantine history and literature; rhetoric and oratory; reception studies; Classica Africana (“black classicism”); religions of the ancient Mediterranean

Faculty member: Alexandre Roberts


Research Interests: Byzantine and Middle Eastern intellectual history; history of science and religion; non-Muslims in the Islamic world; alchemy

Titles of Byzantine courses taught recently: Introduction to Byzantine Studies (graduate seminar); Science and Empire from Baghdad to Byzantium

Department of History

3502 Trousdale Parkway, SOS 153
Los Angeles, CA 90089-0034
(213) 740-1657

Faculty member: Maya Maskarinec


Research Interests: Late antique and early medieval Europe and the Mediterranean; Rome; urban history; hagiography; historiography; legal history

Southern Methodist University

Department of Art History

Meadows School of the Arts
P.O. Box 750356
Dallas, TX 75275-0356
Tel: 214-962-4359

Faculty member: Annemarie Weyl Carr, Emerita

Titles of Byzantine courses taught 1996-2001: Byzantine Art; Pilgrimage (general course on the Middle Ages); Early Christian Art; Medieval Art (Introduction to the Art of Byzantium, Islam, and the West); Art and the Italian Commune; Origins of El Greco; TheIcon in Late Byzantium; Art of the Crusades

Other university resources in the Byzantine field: Bridwell Library in Perkins School of Theology has some papyrus fragments, some facsimiles of illuminated books, and a fine research collection.

Perkins School of Theology

Kirby Hall
5915 Bishop Blvd.
Dallas, Texas 75275-0133

Department of Religious Studies

Campus Box 750202
Southern Methodist University
Dallas, TX 75275-0202
(214) 768-2095 (office)
(214) 768-3910 (fax)

Faculty member: Dr. John C. Lamoreaux
Email address:

Stanford University

Department of Art and Art History

Nathan Cummings Art Building
Main Office – Room 101
Stanford University
Stanford, CA 94305-2018
Main Office Phone:650-723-3404

Faculty member: Bissera V. Pentcheva

Titles of Byzantine courses taught 2003-04: Medieval Image Theory; Virginity and Power: Mary in the Middle Ages.

Other faculty include Katherine Miller (Medieval Mediterranean and Spain)
Other university resources in the Byzantine field: Post-Byzantine icons (mostly Russian)
*Prof. Pentcheva hopes to create a small graduate program in Byzantine Art

University of Toronto

Pontifical Institute of Mediaeval Studies

59 Queen’s Park Crescent East
Toronto, ON M5S 2C4
Tel: 416-926-7142

Faculty member: Martin Dimnik
Email address:
Political and Church history of the Slavs in the Balkans, sixth to fourteenth century; numismatic history of the medieval Balkan Slavs

Faculty member: Linda Safran
Email address:

Byzantine, Italian, and late antique art; transculturation; opus sectile pavements

Resources on campus include: the Malcove Collection of Late Antique and Byzantine art and post-Byzantine icons in the University of Toronto Art Centre (objects list), and extensive Late Antique and Byzantine holdings at the Royal Ontario Museum, reinstalled July 1, 2011. The Fisher Rare Book and Manuscript library contains facsimiles and papyri, while the Stathas Collection at PIMS supplements the Greek Index Project, a computerized information access system for some 40,000 Greek manuscripts.

Temple University

Art History

Tyler School of Art
2001 N. 13th St.
Philadelphia, PA 19122

Faculty member: Elizabeth S. Bolman
Email address:

Titles of Byzantine courses taught 2008-2013: Late Antique and Byzantine Art and Architecture (undergraduate lecture); The Red Monastery Church: Beauty and Asceticism in Upper Egypt (graduate); The Visual Culture of Late Antique and Medieval Egypt and the New Art History (graduate); Materializing Salvation in Late Antique and Medieval Egypt: the Case of the Red and White Monasteries (graduate); Eastern Mediterranean Art as A Gendering Agent: Visual Performances of Femininity and Masculinity (graduate); Late Antique and Byzantine Aesthetics: Constructing Beauty (graduate).

Department of Religious Studies

Faculty member: Vassiliki Limberis
Email address:

Tulane University

Department of History*

115F Hebert Building
New Orleans, LA 70118
Tel: 504-865-5588

Faculty member: Kenneth W. Harl
Titles of Byzantine courses taught 1996-97, 1997-98: Survey of Byzantine History; Late Roman Empire and Byzantium and the Crusades (seminars)

*Note: The department is geared toward undergraduates.

Newcomb Department of Art

Newcomb Art Department
Tulane University
New Orleans, LA 70118
Tel: 504-865-5327

Faculty member: Jelena Trkulja (2006-07)

Titles of Byzantine couses taught Fall 2006: ARHS 681 Pilgrimage: Topography of Sacred Art
Spring 2007: ARHS 320 Early Christian and Byzantine Art and Architecture

University of Virginia

Department of Religious Studies

PO Box 400126
Charlottesville, VA 22903
Tel: 434-924-3741

Faculty member: Robert Louis Wilken

Titles of Byzantine courses taught 1996-97, 1997-98: Eastern Christianity
Other university resources in the Byzantine field: very small icon collection in Bayly Museum

University of Washington

Art Division

Seattle, WA 98195
School of Art, Division of Art History
Art Building – Room 104
4000 15th Ave NE
Box 353440
Seattle, WA 98195-3440

Faculty member: Ivan Drpić
E-mail address:

Titles of Byzantine (related) courses taught in 2011-2013: Introduction to Byzantine Art; The Medieval Image; Art, Power, and the Sacred in Medieval Rome

University of Wisconsin

Department of Art History

232 Conrad A. Elvehjem Building
800 University Avenue
Madison, WI 53706
Tel: 608-263-2340

Faculty member: Thomas E. Dale

Titles of Byzantine courses taught 2003-04: Early Christian and Byzantine Art and Architecture;
Icon: The Holy Image in Eastern Orthodox Culture (graduate seminar focusing on icons in the Elvehjem Museum collection)

Other related faculty: Prof. Judith Kornblatt, Slavic Languages and Literature, 2002-03: Russian Orthodoxy and Eastern Orthodoxy in the Global Context. Christopher Livanos, Comparative Literature.

Other University resources in the Byzantine field: Icon collection (mostly Russian), limited coin and manuscript collections, library has a strong working Byzantine collection built up over much of the 20th c. by A. A. Vasiliev and John Barker, especially strong in Slavic, East-Central and South-East European history and literature.

Department of History

3211 Mosse Humanities Building
455 N. Park St.
Madison, WI 53706-1483
(608) 263-1800

Faculty member: Leonora Neville
Titles of Byzantine courses taught 2010-2012: History of the Byzantine Empire, Byzantine Religion, Byzantine Empresses & their Men, Late Antiquity, Greek Historiography

Faculty member: John Scarborough
Email address:

Titles of Byzantine courses taught Spring 2008: Byzantine Medicine & Pharmacy (view Syllabus)

Washington University in St. Louis

Department of Art History and Archaeology

1189 – Kemper 210
One Brookings Drive
St Louis MO 63130

The Department of Art History and Archaeology accepts MA and PhD candidates and is able to fund students at both levels. Successful MA candidates are encouraged to apply to continue their studies at the PhD level. Washington University has dynamic and growing communities for Classical and Medieval Studies in numerous departments and an excellent collection of ancient and Byzantine coins available for research in the collection of the Kemper Art Museum. Additional local resources for Byzantine and medieval studies include the collections of the Saint Louis Art Museum, the Saint Louis Public Library, and the Vatican Film Library at Saint Louis University.

Yale University

Department of History of Art

190 York Street
P.O. Box 208272
New Haven, CT 06520
Tel: 203-432-2667

Faculty member: Robert S. Nelson
Email address:

Graduate Courses taught 2005-2012: Byzantine Art and Ritual; Medieval Visualities; Icons of Mt. Sinai; Word and Image in Byzantine Art; Art and Ceremony in Constantinople; Light in the Middle Ages; Byzantine Manuscript Illumination.

Department of Religious Studies

451 College Street
New Haven, CT 06511
Tel: 203-432-0828

Faculty member: Stephen Davis
Email address:
Teaches courses on Christianity in late antiquity, biblical interpretation, and pilgrimage and the cult of the saints. Conducts research on the life and literature of Greek, Coptic, and Arabic Christian communities, and directs the Yale Monastic Archaeology Project (YMAP).

Bentley Layton
Email address:
Teaches courses and conducts research on Christianity in late antiquity, Christian Egypt, early monasticism, and the Coptic language.

Christopher Beeley (Divinity)
Email address:
Teaches courses and conducts research on early Christian theology, with a special focus on Greek patristic sources.

Institute of Sacred Music/Divinity School

409 Prospect Street
New Haven, CT 06511
Tel: (203) 432-9753

Faculty member: Vasileios Marinis
Email address:
Graduate courses taught 2009-2011: Early Christian Art and Architecture; Art, Architecture and Ritual in Early Christianity and the Middle Ages; The Cult of Saints.

University resources in the Byzantine field: the Beinecke Rare Book Library holds some Byzantine manuscripts and has a substantial collection of facsimiles; the Yale Art Gallery has extensive holdings of artworks and objects of material culture from a variety of sites, including Dura-Europos and Gerasa, as well as a fine collection of Trecento panels.

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