Mark Johnson

Professor, Comparative Arts & Letters

3047 JFSB


Curriculum Vitae

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Teaching Experience

The study of art history is in many ways the study of ideas – the history of human thought and belief encapsulated in their creations. In teaching ancient and medieval art I try to focus on what these buildings and art objects have to tell us about the people of past centuries, demonstrating that they had many of the same concerns and aspirations we share today whether it be about one’s place in society, government, or religious truth.


My research is focused on three areas: the architecture of Late Antiquity (ca. AD 300-600), the art and architecture of Norman Italy (11th-12th centuries), and revolutionary movements in the 19th-century Kingdom of Two Sicilies.

Selected Publications

  •  San Vitale in Ravenna and Octagonal Churches in Late Antiquity (Wiesbaden: Dr. Ludwig Reichert Verlag, 2018)
  •  The Byzantine Churches of Sardinia (Wiesbaden: Dr. Ludwig Reichert Verlag, 2013)
  •  Approaches to Byzantine Architecture and Its Decoration: Studies in Honor of Slobodan Ćurčić, Co-editor with Robert Ousterhout and Amy Papalexandrou (Brookline, VT: Ashgate,2012)
  •  The Roman Imperial Mausoleum in Late Antiquity (Cambridge and New York:
    Cambridge University Press, 2009)
  •  “Constantine’s Apostoleion: A Reappraisal,” The Holy Apostles: A Lost Monument, a Forgotten Project, and the Presentness of the Past, ed. Margaret Mullett and Robert G. Ousterhout, Dumbarton Oaks Studies (Washington, D.C.: Dumbarton Oaks, 2020), 79-98
  •  “Art and Architecture,” A Companion to Ostrogothic Italy, ed. Jonathan J. Arnold, M. Shane Bjornlie, and Kristina Sessa (Leiden: Brill, 2016), 350-389
  •  “The Mausoleum of Bohemund at Canosa and the Architectural Setting of Ruler Tombs in Norman Italy,” Romanesque and the Mediterranean: Patterns of Exchange across the
    Latin, Greek and Islamic Worlds c. 1000 – c. 1250, ed. Rosa Bacile and John McNeill,
    (Leeds: Maney, 2015), 151-166
  •  “Architecture of Empire,” The Cambridge Companion to the Age of Constantine, ed. Noel Lenski, 2nd revised edition (Cambridge: Cambridge University Press, 2012), 278-297


While serving as chair of the Department of Visual Arts, I learned how much work needs to be done at a university outside of the classroom and how valuable faculty and staff contributions to this work are. It made me always willing to do my part.

Citizenship assignments

  •  Area head, Art History Program (1993-1997; 2003-2009; 2013)
  •  Chair, Department of Visual Arts (May 1997 – April 2003)
  •  University Faculty General Education Committee (2012-2014)
  •  Graduate Coordinator, Art History Program (2012-2017)
  •  Department Benchmarks and Standards Committee (2009-2012)
  •  Chair, Department Advancement and Rank Committee (2007-2010)

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