PROFESSOR, BYZANTINE ART AND ARCHAEOLOGY.
ACTING DIRECTOR, UCLA STAVROS NIARCHOS CENTER FOR HELLENIC CULTURE INITIATIVE.
ASSOCIATE DIRECTOR, CENTER FOR MEDIEVAL AND RENAISSANCE STUDIES.
Ph.D. New York University Institute of Fine Arts, 1993
Office Dodd Hall 200C
Office Hours: By appointment
Sharon E. J. Gerstel’s work focuses on the intersection of ritual and art in Byzantium and the Latin East. Her books include Beholding the Sacred Mysteries (1999) and Rural Lives and Landscapes in Late Byzantium: Art, Archaeology and Ethnography (2015), which was awarded the 2016 Runciman Prize by the Anglo-Hellenic League, the inaugural book prize by the International Center of Medieval Art (ICMA), and the Maria Theocharis Prize from the Christian Archaeological Society in Greece. Gerstel has also edited A Lost Art Rediscovered: The Architectural Ceramics of Byzantium (with J. Lauffenburger) (2001); Thresholds of the Sacred: Art Historical, Archaeological, Liturgical and Theological Views on Religious Screens, East and West (2007); Approaching the Holy Mountain: Art and Liturgy at St. Catherine’s Monastery in the Sinai (with Robert S. Nelson) (2010); Viewing the Morea: Land and People in the Late Medieval Peloponnese (2012); and Viewing Greece: Cultural and Political Agency in the Medieval and Early Modern Mediterranean (2016). Gerstel has been the recipient of numerous awards, including a J. Simon Guggenheim Fellowship (2011-2012). As an archaeologist, she has worked at numerous excavations in Greece, both as a field director and as a ceramics specialist. Her comprehensive study (with M. Munn) of the medieval village of Panakton appeared in Hesperia in 2003. Her publications on ceramic tiles produced in Nicomedia (modern-day Izmit, Turkey) have appeared in the Journal of the Walters Art Museum and elsewhere. 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, Gesta, Viator, and Zograf and of the series Studies in the Visual Culture of the Middle Ages. Her current research focuses on the intersection of music, architecture, and monumental decoration. She is co-director, together with Chris Kyriakakis (USC) of the project “Bodies and Spirits: Soundscapes of Byzantium,” which has been featured on Atlantic.com and on CBC radio. She is also the Acting Director of the UCLA Stavros Niarchos Center for Hellenic Culture Initiative, and Associate Director of the UCLA Center for Medieval and Renaissance Studies.
- Beholding the Sacred Mysteries: Programs of the Byzantine Sanctuary, CAA Monograph on the Fine Arts LVI (Seattle and London, 1999).
- A Lost Art Rediscovered: The Architectural Ceramics of Byzantium (ed. with J. Lauffenburger. University Park, PA, 2001)
- Thresholds of the Sacred: Architectural, Art Historical, Archaeological, Liturgical and Theological Views on Religious Screens, East and West, ed. (Washington, DC and Cambridge, MA, 2007)
- Approaching the Holy Mountain: Art and Liturgy at St. Catherine’s Monastery in the Sinai (ed. with Robert S. Nelson) (Brussels, 2010 )
- Viewing the Morea: Land and People in the Late Medieval Peloponnese, ed. (Washington, DC and Cambridge, MA, 2013)
- Rural Lives and Landscapes in Late Byzantium: Art, Archaeology and Ethnography, (Cambridge, July 2015)
- Viewing Greece: Cultural and Political Agency in the Medieval and Early Modern Mediterranean, ed. (Turnhout, 2016)
- “Art and Identity in the Medieval Morea,” in The Crusades from the Perspective of Byzantium and the Muslim World, ed. A. Laiou and R. Mottahedeh (Washington, D.C., 2001), 263-85.
- “A Late Medieval Settlement at Panakton,” Hesperia2 (2003), 147-234 (with M. Munn, H. Grossman, E. Barnes, A. Rohn, and M. Kiel).
- “Civil and Monastic Influences on Church Decoration in Late Byzantine Thessalonike and its Hinterland,” Dumbarton Oaks Papers 57 (2003), 225-39.
- “The Aesthetics of Orthodox Faith,” The Art Bulletin 87 (2005), 335-46.
SELECTED COURSES TAUGHT, UNDERGRADUATE
- Introduction to Medieval Art
- Carolingian Art
- Late Antique Art and Archaeology
- Middle Byzantine Art and Archaeology
- Late Byzantine Art and Archaeology
SELECTED COURSES TAUGHT, GRADUATE
- Art, Architecture and Ritual in Byzantium
- Hagia Sophia
- Living with the Dead in Byzantium
- The Holy Monastery of the God-trodden Mount Sinai
- Byzantine Archaeology
- Academia.edu profile
- Center for Medieval and Renaissance Studies
- Cotsen Insitute of Archaelogy
- Article on Professor Gerstel’s research project in The Atlantic: Lafrance, Adrienne. Hearing the Lost Sounds of Antiquity. The Atlantic, February 19, 2016.
- Podcast on Professor Gerstel’s research project: “Acoustic Museums”, USC Viterbi School of Engineering.
- “Mapping the sound of Byzantine churches.” Spark with Nora Young. CBC Radio, February 28, 2016.
- “Acoustic Museums.” USC Viterbi School of Engineering Magazine, Spring 2016.
- 2016 Runciman Award Announcement, June 2016.
- “Art historian Sharon Gerstel wins 2016 Runciman Book Prize”, UCLA Newsroom, June 15, 2016.
- “Professors recreate the sounds of an ancient Greek church in LA”, The National Herald, February 28, 2017.
- “CMRS Associate Director Sharon Gerstel”, UCLA Center for Medieval and Renaissance Studies, March 7, 2017.
- ICMA Book Prize Winner: Sharon Gerstel, International Center for Medieval Art (ICMA), May 2017.