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Faculty and Staff


Matthew Gelbart
Director of Music Program
Rose Hill Office: FMH 441
Lincoln Center Office: LL423C
Tel: 212-636-7908

Associate Chair

Asato Ikeda
Director of Art History Program
FMH 440
Tel: 718-817-0119

Department Offices

Rose Hill 
Faculty Memorial Hall, Room 417A

Angela Michalski
Senior Executive Secretary
Tel: 718-817-4890
Fax: 718-817-4829
Hours of Operation: 9 a.m. - 5 p.m. Mon-Fri

Lincoln Center 
Lowenstein, Room LL423

Anne Clark
Executive Secretary
Tel: 212-636-6303
Fax: 212-636-6788
Hours of Operation: 9 a.m. - 5 p.m. Mon-Fri

Visual Resources

Rose Hill Office
Faculty Memorial Hall, Room 459

Lincoln Center Office 
Lowenstein, Room LL423G

Katherina Fostano
Visual Resources Curator
Tel: 718-817-4753
Fax: 718-817-4829
Office Hours:By Appointment



Full-Time Faculty

Dr. Caitlin Beach
Assistant Professor, PhD Columbia University

Dr. Asato Ikeda
Associate Professor, BA and PhD University of British Columbia

Dr. Jo Anna Isaak
John L Marion Chair in Art History, BA University of British Columbia; PhD University of Toronto

Dr. Nina Rowe
Professor, BA Oberlin College; MA University of Texas at Austin; PhD Northwestern University

Dr. Maria Ruvoldt
Associate Professor, BA Smith College; MA, M Phil, PhD Columbia University

Dr. Richard Teverson
Assistant Professor, PhD Yale

Adjunct Faculty

Dr. Samuel D. Albertreceived his Ph.D. in Art History from Yale University.vHis areas of interest are art and architecture in Austria-Hungary and the successor states, and in the British Mandate of Palestine.vHe 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.vCurrently, he is an Adjunct Associate at the Fashion Institute of Technology.vSamuel 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.


Magdalene Breidenthal has taught at Fordham since Fall 2019. She received degrees in Art History from Fordham University (BA, 2008), the Courtauld Institute of Art (MA, 2009), and Yale University (PhD, 2019). A specialist in Byzantine art and architecture, her research investigates questions of viewer response in devotional spaces. Her current book project, which grows out of her doctoral dissertation, is tentatively titled The Exit Image in Byzantium: Exodos, Eschatology, Environment, and examines the ways in which imagery displayed around church exit doorways engaged both the sensory and metaphorical aspects of departure, in turn generating multivalent connections between sacred interiors and their surroundings.

Breidenthal was the 2015-2018 Paul Mellon Fellow at the Center for Advanced Study in the Visual Arts (CASVA) at the National Gallery of Art in Washington, D.C., and she has also taught art history courses at Queens College, CUNY.


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.


Katherine Marsengill received her Ph. D. from Princeton University with a specialty in Byzantine Art. She published a monograph in 2013 with Brepols entitled, Portraits and Icons: Between Reality and Spirituality in Byzantine Art. Her articles on icons, spiritualized portraiture, early Christian attitudes about sculpture, and the Christian imperial cult have appeared in several edited volumes and the Journal of the Bible and its Reception, and she also wrote the entry for "Early Christian Art" for Oxford Bibliographies Online. She has contributed numerous art historical and archaeological entries for the Encyclopedia of the Bible and its Reception, for which she also serves as the area editor in visual arts. She had assisted with two major exhibitions on early Christian and Byzantine art and taught courses at Princeton and Rutgers. She currently is a managing editor for the Journal of the Bible and its Reception and working on several forthcoming articles and book reviews.


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Emeritus Faculty

Dr. Andrée Hayum
Professor Emerita of Art History, BA CUNY (Queens); MA Radcliffe; PhD Harvard

Dr. Kathryn Heleniak
Professor Emerita of Art History, BA Michigan (Ann Arbor); PhD New York University

Dr. Joel Herschman
Professor Emeritus of Art History, PhD Institute of Fine Arts, New York University

Dr. Irma B. Jaffe
Professor Emerita of Art History, PhD Columbia

Dr. Elizabeth Parker
Professor Emerita of Art History, BA Vassar; PhD Institute of Fine Arts, New York University

Associated Faculty

Richard Kalina, Professor, Theatre & Visual Arts, BA University of Pennsylvania.