College of Liberal Arts & Social Sciences > Academics > History of Art & Architecture > Faculty > Lisa Mahoney
Lisa Mahoney (Ph.D. 2008, Johns Hopkins University) specializes in the twelfth and thirteenth century artistic production of the Latin Kingdom of Jerusalem (Frankish or “Crusader” art) and of France, with teaching interests that range from the ancient world to the end of the Middle Ages. She is currently writing a book on the political use of art and architecture in the Latin Kingdom. Consisting of four case studies (coins and seals, the mosaic program of the Church of the Nativity in Bethlehem, icons, and the royal tombs in the Church of the Holy Sepulcher in Jerusalem), it reveals how extensive, calculated, and complex was the employment of visual culture as Frankish rule was established and then maintained in the East. Additional, smaller ongoing projects treat the often-austere Frankish church façade and the influence of Islam on Frankish artistic productions in general. Mahoney’s articles have appeared in journals that include Gesta and The Journal of the Walters Art Museum and collections such as The Crusades and Visual Culture (ed. Elizabeth Lapina and Laura Whatley), and Medieval Coins and Seals: Constructing Identity, Signifying Power (ed. Susan Solway). Together with Daniel Weiss she has edited a volume on Frankish culture during and in the aftermath of the Crusades, called France and the Holy Land. Mahoney has also been the recipient of fellowships from the National Endowment of the Humanities, the Mellon Foundation, and the Samuel H. Kress Foundation.