Elena N. Boeck is Professor of History of Art at DePaul University and specializes in the arts of the medieval Mediterranean world. A native of Riga, Latvia, she traces her ancestral origins to Romania and Russia. Her recent book Imagining the Byzantine Past: The Perception of History in the Illustrated Manuscripts of Skylitzes and Manasses (Cambridge, 2015) investigates the rise of illustrated histories in the Mediterranean world from the twelfth through the fourteenth centuries and explores the ideological motivations for visualizing Byzanitine history in Sicily and Bulgaria. She is currently completing a trans-historical biography of the most cross-culturally significant Byzantine imperial monument—the bronze horseman of Justinian in Constantinople. In spring 2018 Professor Boeck was appointed Excellence Initiative Professor at Radboud University (Nijmegen, the Netherlands). She also served as the Director of Byzantine Studies at Dumbarton Oaks and editor of Dumbarton Oaks papers for academic year 2016-2017.
Her teaching encompasses the Mediterranean world from the ancient to early modern periods, along with theory and methodology. She also teaches Honors Program classes on medieval Spain, the Crusades, Constantinople, and late antiquity.