Jennifer M. Feltman

Assistant Professor of Art History
(205) 348-5967
Office Location:
Garland 310
(205) 348-0287

Dr. Feltman joined the faculty as assistant professor of Medieval art and architecture in 2016. Her research focuses on the ways in which works of medieval art, whether architecture, sculpture, or manuscripts, intersect with aspects of culture, such as intellectual history, religious practice and political discourse. Her research interests include the reuse and adaptation of sculpture, medieval eschatology in visual art, and visual exegesis (the use of images to explain and communicate complex ideas). She is currently completing a book manuscript, Moral Theology and the Cathedral: Sculptures of the Last Judgment in Thirteenth-Century FranceThe book illuminates the ways in which Parisian moral theology was disseminated through clerical networks across the dioceses of France and made visible in sculptural programs at the cathedrals of Chartres, Paris, Reims and Amiens. With the support of the NEH, she has developed a companion website, which is available hereAlong with Dr. Sarah Thompson (Rochester Institute of Technology) Feltman is co-editing The Long Lives of Medieval Art and Architecture, which is forthcoming with Routledge.

Dr. Jennifer Feltman at Reims Cathedral, west façade, late 13th century with later restorations.Before coming to UA, she was Visiting Assistant Professor of Art History at the University of West Florida. Feltman has also held teaching positions at The Florida State University, The University of Florida, Young Harris College and Florida A&M University. She holds a M.A. and Ph.D. with distinction in the History and Criticism of Art from The Florida State University. She received the B.S., summa cum laude, from The University of Alabama, in interior design with a minor in art history.

She serves as Publications Director for the Association Villard de Honnecourt for the Interdisciplinary Study of Technology, Science and Art (AVISTA).

Courses Taught

ARH 360: Early Medieval
ARH 361: Late Medieval Art
ARH 461: Special Topics in Medieval Art (Topics include: Gothic Cathedrals; Medieval Sculpture; Arts of the Medieval Book)
ARH 560: Graduate Seminars in Medieval Art (Topics include: Visual Thinking in Medieval Art; The Sculpted Portal ca. 1000-1270)

Select PublicationsJennifer M. Feltman, ed. The North Transept of Reims Cathedral: Design, Construction, and Visual Programs (Routledge, 2016)
  • Jennifer M. Feltman, ed. The North Transept of Reims Cathedral: Design, Construction, and Visual Programs (Routledge, 2016) with contributions: “Introduction,” pp. 1-11; and “Royal and Clerical Iconography and the Chronology of the Last Judgment Portal at Reims Cathedral,” pp. 115-39.
  • “Imagining the Sorrows of Death and the Pains of Hell in the Hours of Catherine of Cleves.” In Binding the Absent Body in Medieval and Modern Art: Abject, Virtual, and Alternate Bodies. Edited by Emily Kelley and Elizabeth Richards Rivenbark. New York: Routledge, 2017.
  • “Charlemagne’s Sin, the Last Judgment, and the New Theology of Penance at Chartres.” Studies in Iconography 35 (2014): 121-64.
  • “Inscribing Order: The Didactic Function of Schemata in the Walters Museum MS 73.” Athanor (2007): 7-15.
Forthcoming Publications
  • “The Last Judgement Porch at Lincoln Cathedral Over the Longue Durée: Iconography, Interaction, and Religious Thought” in Devotional Interaction in Medieval Britain and its Afterlives. Edited by Elisa A. Foster, Julia Perratorre, and Steven Rosenski. Leiden: Brill, Forthcoming 2017.
  • Jennifer M. Feltman and Sarah Thompson eds., The Long Lives of Medieval Art and Architecture (Routledge, Forthcoming).

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Digital Projects

The Lordship and Commune Project, A Collaboratory

Portals of the Last Judgment

Recent and Upcoming Presentations

“A ‘Bible in Stone’? The Sculptures of the West Façade of Amiens and Contemporary Modes of Citation,” 52nd Annual International Congress on Medieval Studies, Western Michigan University, May 10-14, 2017.

“Tropology and the New Imagery of the Virtues and Vices at Notre-Dame, Paris and Amiens,” 90th Annual Meeting of the Medieval Academy of America, University of Toronto, April 6-8, 2017.

“From Priest to Confessor: A Parisian Origin for the New Terminology”
13th Annual International Medieval Society–Paris with Laboratoire de Médiévistique Occidentale de Paris (LAMOP) de Université de Paris I–Panthéon-Sorbonne, June 20-July 2, 2016.

Recent Grants and Awards

UA Research and Grants Committee – Level 1 Grant 2017
National Endowment for the Humanities Summer Stipend 2015
National Endowment for the Humanities Summer Seminar (York, UK) 2014
Medieval Academy of America Travel Grant 2013


Ph.D., The Florida State University (2011)
M.A., The Florida State University (2006)
B.S., The University of Alabama (2002)