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Dr. Nina Rowe

Dr. Rowe
Nina Rowe
Chair and Associate Professor

Faculty Memorial Hall, Room 442
Fordham University – Rose Hill Campus
Bronx, NY 10458
Phone: 718-817-4894


Ph.D. Northwestern University, 2002; M.A. University of Texas at Austin, 1994; B.A. Oberlin College, 1990

Area of Specialization

Medieval Art, Nineteenth-Century Medievalism

Courses Taught

ARHI 1100 Introduction to Art History
ARHI 2360 The History of Illuminated Manuscripts
ARHI 3350 The Age of Cathedrals
ARHI 4210 Outsiders in Medieval Culure
HPRH 1051 Honors-Medieval Art and Literature


Nina Rowe specializes in the art of northern Europe in the high Middle Ages (12th-14th century). Her work has examined Christian representations of Jews and Judaism in contexts ranging from monumental cathedral façade sculpture to miniature hand-held carved ivories. She is also interested the production and reception of illuminated manuscripts in both the medieval and the modern eras. Her current research focuses on illuminated Worl Chronicles from late medieval Germany.

Selected Publications

"Detail," essay for "Notes in the Field" series in the Art Bulletin 94, no. 4 (2012): 508-9.

Editor, Medieval Art History Today - Critical Terms, special issue of Studies in Iconography 33 (2012).

Other," Medieval Art History Today - Critical Terms, special issue of Studies in Iconography 33 (2012): 131-44.

The Jew, the Cathedral and the Medieval City: Synagoga and Ecclesia in the Thirteenth Century
(Cambridge University Press, 2011). [Finalist for the 2012 Charles Rufus Morey Prize, College Art Association]

“Pocket Crucifixions: Jesus, Jews and Ownership in Fourteenth-Century Ivories,” Studies in Iconography 32 (2011): 81-120.

“Rethinking Ecclesia and Synagoga in the Thirteenth Century,” in Gothic, Art & Thought in the Later Medieval Period: Essays in Honor of Willibald Sauerländer, ed. Colum Hourihane (Penn State University Press, 2011), 264-91.

“Idealization and Subjection at the South Porch of Strasbourg Cathedral,” in Beyond the Yellow Badge: Anti-Judaism and Antisemitism in Medieval and Early Modern Visual Culture, ed. Mitchell Merback (Brill, 2008), 179-202.

“Synagoga Tumbles, a Rider Triumphs: Clerical Viewers and the Fürstenportal of Bamberg Cathedral,” Gesta (The Journal of the International Center of Medieval Art) 45, no. 1 (2006): 15-42.
[Winner of the Van Courtlandt Elliott Prize for best first article in the field of Medieval Studies, awarded by the Medieval Academy of America]

Excavating the Medieval Image: Manuscripts, Artists, Audiences – Essays in Honor of Sandra Hindman (Ashgate Press, 2004). Co-Editor with David Areford.

Manuscript Illumination in the Modern Age: Recovery and Reconstruction (Dist. Oak Knoll Press). Co-Author with Sandra Hindman, Michael Camille and Rowan Watson.


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