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Sam Barber

Ph.D. Candidate

Educational Background

  • M.A., Medieval Studies, Cornell University, 2017
  • M.A., Medieval Studies, University of York, 2013
  • B.A. (Hons.), History, Durham University, 2012



Classes Taught:

  • "Imagining Empire:  Symbols of Power in the Medieval World" (Fall 2017 / Spring 2018)
  • "Introduction to Art History:  Medieval Art and Culture" (TA, Spring 2017)
  • "Icons and Idolatry, from Rome to the Reformation" (Fall 2015 / Spring 2016)

Research Focus

  • Late Antique and Early Medieval Art and Architecture
  • Palaces in Late Antiquity and the Early Middle Ages
  • Ritual, Ceremony, and Liturgy
  • Cities and Urbanism
  • Landscape and Spatial Theory


  • Archaeology Program
  • Medieval Studies Program


  • "Defining Difference or Connecting Spaces? Similarity and Meaning in the Arian Baptistery, Ravenna." In Place and Space in the Medieval World, edited by Meg Boulton, Jane Hawkes, and Heidi Stoner, 149–58. Routledge Research in Art History. New York: Routledge, 2018.