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I specialize in the art and material culture of Late Antiquity and Byzantium, with a particular emphasis on portable luxury objects from the ninth through the twelfth centuries. My research focuses on the relationships between texts and images, including ekphraseis about, and words inscribed on, works of art. My current book project examines the nature and meaning of relics and reliquaries in Byzantium through the lens of inscriptions, including the ways in which inscribed texts mediate and guide the faithful’s engagement with, and understanding of, sacred relics.

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2016, Ph.D., Art History, Florida State University (with Distinction)
Dissertation: “The Function of Text: Byzantine Reliquaries with Epigrams, 843–1204”

2009, M.A., Art History, Florida State University
Thesis: “The Art of Gift-Giving: The Multivalency of Votive Dedications in the Middle Byzantine Period”

2002, B.A., Art, Wheaton College

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