Sharon E. J. Gerstel



Sharon E. J. Gerstel, who joined the UCLA faculty in 2005, is Professor of Byzantine Art History and Archaeology. Trained in art history and religious studies, Gerstel’s work focuses on the intersection of ritual and art, particularly monumental painting. Her first book, Beholding the Sacred Mysteries, was published as a CAA Monograph in 1999. She has also edited the volumes A Lost Art Rediscovered: The Architectural Ceramics of Byzantium (with J. Lauffenburger) (Pennsylvania State University Press, 2001), Thresholds of the Sacred: Art Historical, Archaeological, Liturgical and Theological Views on Religious Screens, East and West (Dumbarton Oaks/Harvard University Press, 2007). Approaching the Holy Mountain: Art and Liturgy at St. Catherine’s Monastery in the Sinai (with Robert S. Nelson) (Brepols, 2010), and Viewing the Morea: Land and People in the Late Medieval Peloponnese (Dumbarton Oaks/Harvard University Press, forthcoming 2012). She was awarded membership at the Institute for Advanced Study, Princeton, in 2010-2011, and a J. Simon Guggenheim Fellowship in 2011-2012 to complete her book, Landscapes of the Village: The Devotional Life and Setting of the Late Byzantine Peasant, which is under contract with Cambridge University Press. In addition to her work in the field of art history, Gerstel has also been involved in numerous excavations in Greece, both as a field director and as a ceramics specialist. Her comprehensive study of the medieval village of Panakton appeared in Hesperia in 2003. Other archaeological publications have appeared in Hesperia and in several edited volumes. Her publications on ceramic tiles produced in Nicomedia (modern-day Izmit, Turkey) have appeared in the Journal of the Walters Art Museum and in volumes in honor of Thomas F. Mathews and Alice-Mary Talbot. Publications on Byzantine women, including empresses, village widows, and rural nuns, can be found in The Art Bulletin, the Deltion tes Christianikes Archaiologikes Hetaireieas, and the Wiener Jahrbuch für Kunstgeschichte. Gerstel currently serves on the editorial boards of the journals Hesperia and Viator and of the series Studies in the Visual Culture of the Middle Ages.