ASSOCIATE PROFESSOR, MEDIEVAL ART AND ARCHITECTURE. DIRECTOR OF GRADUATE STUDIES.
Ph.D. Columbia University, 2004
Office Dodd Hall 247B
Meredith Cohen obtained her Ph.D. from Columbia University and joined the Department of Art History at UCLA in 2010 after having spent a decade conducting research and teaching at universities in England and France. She specializes in the art, architecture, and urban development of high medieval Europe (c. 1000 – c. 1450). Her research and teaching are concerned with buildings archaeology, production and reception, historiography, as well as the function and cultural heritage of art and architecture. Her publications address sacred and secular architecture in medieval France.
Professor Cohen’s first monograph, entitled The Sainte-Chapelle and the Construction of Sacral Monarchy: Royal Architecture in Thirteenth-Century Paris (Cambridge University Press, 2015) was awarded the Society of Architectural Historians’ Alice Davis Hitchcock Book Award in 2017. She has published articles in JSAH, Speculum, Res, and contributed essays to edited books as well as edited a series of interdisciplinary volumes on medieval history and culture. In 2010, she co-curated an exhibition on medieval Paris at the Musée national du Moyen-Âge—Thermes de Cluny, titled Paris, ville rayonnante (“Paris, Rayonnant City”) (ed. RMN, 2010), and she remains a consultant for exhibitions in France.
Her current research project, titled Paris Past and Present, aims to digitally reconstruct the lost monuments of medieval Paris in 3D, an enterprise that brings together in research and teaching undergraduate and graduate students, post-doctoral researchers as well as international collaborators. The team has completed a series of monuments from thirteenth-century Paris, including an archaeologically accurate digital reconstruction and animation of the thirteenth-century Lady Chapel of the abbey of Saint-Germain des Prés. The project has been generously funded by UCLA as well as the Samuel H. Kress Foundation. To view this project, click here.
- “The Doors of the Chapel and the Keys to the Palace of Louis IX,” Journal of the Society of Architectural Historians, 76.2 (2017): 175-196.
- The Sainte-Chapelle and the Construction of Sacral Monarchy: Royal Architecture in Thirteenth-Century Paris. Cambridge University Press, 2015.
- Co-author, Paris, Ville Rayonnante. Réunion des musées nationaux, 2010.
- Co-editor (with Fanny Madeline), Space in the Medieval West: Places, Territories, and Imagined Geographies. Ashgate Publishing, 2010.
- Co-editor (with Elma Brenner and Mary Franklin-Brown) Memory in Medieval France, Ashgate Publishing 2013.
- Co-editor (with Justine Firnhaber-Baker), Difference and Identity in Francia and Medieval International Medieval Society of Paris. Ashgate, 2010.
SELECTED COURSES TAUGHT, UNDERGRADUATE
- AH 21 Medieval Art: Early Christian, Byzantine, Islamic, Carolingian, Ottoman, Romanesque, and Gothic art and architecture.
- AH 115C Romanesque Art and Architecture
- AH 115D Gothic Art and Architecture
- AH 115E Late Gothic Art and Architecture: Art and architecture of Europe in 14th and early 15th centuries.
- AH C115F Medieval Paris: Material culture, art, architecture, and history of city of Paris to circa 1500.
- AH 117C Selected Topics: The Medieval Bestiary, Digital Gothic, the Sainte-Chapelle
- Paris Past and Present – Medieval Art History in the Contemporary City: Summer travel study course investigating the medieval art, architecture, and urban-national history of Paris including study of and visits to national monuments and treasures of Gothic architecture.
SELECTED COURSES TAUGHT, GRADUATE
- AH C215D Gothic Art and Architecture: Art and architecture of Europe in 13th century. Concurrently scheduled with course C115D. S/U or letter grading.
- AH C215F Medieval Paris: Material culture, art, architecture, and history of city of Paris to circa 1500
- AH C217A Medieval Archaeology: Archaeology of medieval world.
- AH 217C Medieval Art: Graduate seminar studying selected topics in Byzantine and European medieval art.
- AH 217C Selected Topics: Materiality, Chartres Cathedral, Saint-Denis