New Medievalist Hired in UA Department of Art and Art History

Joining the Art and Art History faculty in August of 2016 is Dr. Jennifer M. Feltman, Dr. Jennifer M. Feltman with newly installed sculpture of St. Peter, east end, Yorkminster.who has been hired as assistant professor of medieval art and architecture. Dr. Rachel Stephens, assistant professor of American art and chair of the search committee, noted that Feltman’s “extensive teaching experience and productive research agenda will make her an excellent addition to the department.”

Feltman holds a PhD and MA in the history and criticism of art from Florida State University. Her research focuses on the complex 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. Feltman’s research has been published in the journals Studies in Iconography, AVISTA Forum Journal, and Athanor. She is also editor of and contributor to The North Transept of Reims Cathedral: Design, Construction, and Visual Programs (Routledge, 2016). Her book chapter, “Imagining the Sorrows of Death and the Pains of Hell in the Hours of Catherine of Cleves,” was just published in the anthology, Binding the Absent Body in Medieval and Early Modern Art: Abject, Virtual, and Alternate Bodies (Routledge, 2016). She is currently completing the manuscript for the book, Moral Theology and the Cathedral: Sculpted Portals of the Last Judgment in Thirteenth-Century France, which has received support from the National Endowment for the Humanities.

Before joining UA, Feltman was Visiting Assistant Professor of Art History at the University of West Florida. She has also held teaching positions at Florida State University, The University of Florida, Young Harris College and Florida A&M University.

Feltman is also an alumna of UA, having received the BS, summa cum laude, in interior design with a minor in art history. Her interest in art history dates back to her undergraduate classes with art history professors Mindy Nancarrow, Robert Mellown, Eloise Angiola and Cathy Pagani. Feltman said, “It’s exciting to teach students in the place where I was first inspired by art history. The University of Alabama is a great place to be.”

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