History of Art and Architecture

Shirin Fozi

Director of Graduate Studies and Assistant Professor

Area of Specialization

Medieval European Art and Architecture


Constellation(s): Visual Knowledge, Identity, Contemporaneity

Shirin Fozi spends as much time as possible looking at medieval things, with a particular emphasis on the art of Germany and France during the tenth through twelfth centuries. Her research is primarily focused on monumental sculpture, and she is especially interested in the memorials and funerary monuments that began to appear in northern Europe during this period. Her secondary interest is in medieval treasury arts, including metalwork, ivory, and rock crystal, and her future research plans include exploring interactions between Mediterranean luxury goods and German architectural sculpture in the twelfth century.

Before joining the faculty at the University of Pittsburgh in 2013, Fozi spent three years as an Andrew W. Mellon Postdoctoral Fellow in Medieval Art History at Northwestern University. During her time as a graduate student at Harvard University, Fozi was a Research Intern and Lecturer at the Museum of Fine Arts in Boston, where she worked on topics including the eleventh-century Boston Crucifix and the sixteenth-century Calenberg Altarpiece. Fozi has also served as a Museum Teacher at the Isabella Stewart Gardner Museum and a Curatorial Intern at Dumbarton Oaks, where she helped organize a loan exhibition on the theme of the cross in Byzantine Art.

Education Details

Ph.D. Harvard University (2010)

A.M. Harvard University (2005)

B.A. Williams College (2001)

Selected Publications

“Reinhildis has died: Ascension and Enlivenment on a Twelfth-Century Tomb,” Speculum 90/1 (January 2015), 158-94.

[Review] Christian Schuffels, Das Brunograbmal im Dom zu Hildesheim (Schnell + Steiner, 2012), in: The Medieval Review, 13.10.24 (2013).

"A Mere Patch of Color: Isabella Stewart Gardner and the Shattered Glass of Reims Cathedral." Memory, Commemoration, and Medieval Europe, edited by Elma Brenner, Meredith Cohen, and Mary Franklin-Brown. Ashgate (2013), pp. 321-44.

Selected Awards

Faculty Research Grant for travel and research in France and England. Northwestern University, 2012.

Romanik-Forschungspreis for the best unpublished dissertation on a high medieval topic in any humanistic discipline. Europäisches Romanik Zentrum, Merseburg, Germany, 2011.

Dissertation Completion Fellowship, Andrew W. Mellon / American Council of Learned Societies Early Career Fellowship Program, 2009-10.