Sharon E.J. Gerstel

Professor, Department of Art History

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Ph.D., Institute of fine Arts, New York University

Areas of Interest

Art history; religious studies; intersection of ritual and art; monumental painting


Thresholds of the Sacred: Architectural, Art Historical, Archaeological, Liturgical and Theological Views on Religious Screens, East and West (Washington, DC and Cambridge, MA, 2007) 

Medieval Messenia: in Sandy Pylos. An Archaeological History from Nestor to Navarino, ed. J.Davis (Austin, TX, 1998), 210-42; Greek Translation: Pylos he Ammoudere (Athens, 2005) 

The Byzantine Village Church: Observations on its Location and on Agricultural Aspects of its Program,” in Les villages dans l’Empire byzantin (IVe-XVe siècle), Réalités byzantines, XI, ed. C. Morrisson, J. Lefort, J.-P. Sodini (Paris, 2006) 

The Chora Parekklesion, the Hope for a Peaceful Afterlife, and Monastic Devotional Practices” in The Kariye Camii Reconsidered, ed. H. A. Klein, R. G. Ousterhout, B. Pitarakis, Istanbul Research Institute Symposium Series 1 (Istanbul, 2011)


Arts Initiative Grant 
J. Simon Guggenheim Fellowship 
Member, School of Historical Studies, Institute for Advanced Study 
Transdisciplinary Seed Grant, UCLA: “ 
Faculty Research Grant, UCLA 
Dumbarton Oaks Project Grant 
Foundation Fellowship 
J. Paul Getty Postdoctoral Fellowship 
General Research Board, University of Maryland 
Foundation Fellowship 
Dumbarton Oaks Junior Fellowship 
Kress Fellowship 
Robert Lehman Fellowship, Institute of Fine Arts 
Kress Fellowship 
Gennadius Fellowship American School of Classical Studies 
Robert Lehman Fellowship, Institute of Fine Arts