Dr. Samuel D. Albert received his Ph.D. in Art History from Yale University. His areas of interest are art and architecture in Austria-Hungary and the successor states, and in the British Mandate of Palestine. He has worked at the Center for Advanced Study in the Visual Arts at the National Gallery in Washington, as well as the Center for Jewish Art of the Hebrew University where he also taught in the Art History Program. Currently, he is an Adjunct Associate at the Fashion Institute of Technology. Samuel has written extensively on both Central Europe and Palestine. He is presently at work on a book focusing on architecture and urbanism in Mandatory Jerusalem.
Melanie Hanan received her Masters from the Courtauld Institute of Art and her Ph.D. from the Institute of Fine Arts, NYU. With a specialization in medieval art and architecture, her research focuses in particular on Romanesque metalwork. She recently served as a fellow at Fordham’s Center for Medieval Studies where she studied the Western European market for Limoges enamel Thomas Becket reliquaries. She is currently writing a monograph entitled House of God on the Altar in which she explores how casket reliquaries evolved to become important liturgical props during specific types of worship during the Middle Ages. She is also a lecturer at The Met Cloisters.
Kirsten Lee is excited to begin her third semester teaching with the Art History Department of Fordham University. She graduated summa cum laude with a degree in Classical Civilizations from FCLC in 2008. She is currently a doctoral candidate at the Institute of Fine Arts of NYU focusing on Ancient Greek art and archaeology. Her dissertation is a study of the intersection between the realms of drinking and death in the grave gifts and tomb decoration of the ancient Greeks. She has excavated at Selinunte, Corinth, and Aphrodisias, and has worked as a pottery specialist at Samothrace. She currently teaches at course on the Architecture of New York City at NYU and has taught various classes at Parsons and NYU for several years. She works in the Circulation Department of Quinn Library at Fordham University.
Nicholas Parkinson is a PhD candidate at Stony Brook University, where is he completing his dissertation on the critical reception of Nordic art in nineteenth-century France. His research looks at the intersection of transnational art practices and national aesthetics in France, tracing the canonization of Scandinavian Art through the Universal Exposition of Paris. He has recently published articles in the Norwegian National Museum’s journal, Kunst og Kultur, and the multi-author volume, The Symbolist Roots of Modern Art (2015). He has received fellowships and grants for research in Paris, Copenhagen, Stockholm, and Oslo through the American-Scandinavian Foundation, the Norway-America Association, the Pittsburgh Foundation, and Stony Brook University. He currently also teaches at Pratt Institute, and in the past has taught at St. Francis College and Stony Brook University.