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About Brooke Shilling

Brooke Shilling specializes in the art and architecture of the late antique and medieval Eastern Mediterranean region, especially the Byzantine empire.  Previously she was a postdoctoral researcher in the Department of Art History at the Radboud University Nijmegen in the Netherlands.  She earned her PhD with honors in the History of Art at Johns Hopkins University in Baltimore (USA).  In the course of her PhD, Brooke was awarded a two-year Samuel H. Kress Foundation Institutional Fellowship at the Cyprus American Archaeological Research Institute in Nicosia, Cyprus.  Brooke has also been Assistant Curator of the Byzantine Photograph and Fieldwork Archives at Dumbarton Oaks (Trustees for Harvard University) in Washington DC.  Her current book project focuses on the apse mosaics of early Byzantine Cyprus.  She is co-editor of the volume, Fountains and Water Culture in Byzantium, published by Cambridge University Press in 2016.  She is interested in the materials and techniques of artistic production, especially ancient and medieval mosaics, the destruction of art in historical and contemporary contexts, the relationship between art and text, the reception of art, and hagiography.

Department Responsibilities

Lecturer in the History of Art and Architecture

Subject Specialism

Late Antique and Byzantine Art and Architecture


  • PhD — Johns Hopkins University, 2013
  • MA — Tufts University, 2003
  • BA — University of Massachusetts, Amherst, 2000


  • Dean’s Teaching Fellow — Johns Hopkins University,
  • Kress Institutional Fellow, CAARI, Cyprus (two years) — Samuel H. Kress Foundation,

Professional Affiliations

  • Higher Education Academy — Associate Fellow