Glaire Anderson

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Associate Professor of Art

Hanes Art Center 203
Campus Box 3405
Chapel Hill, NC 27599-3405
919-962-2015 (phone)
919-962-0722 (fax)

Ph.D. Massachusetts Institute of Technology

Research And Teaching Interests

Glaire D. Anderson is a historian of early and medieval Islamic architecture and urbanism with a focus on the caliphal period (particularly the ninth and tenth centuries) and the western Mediterranean, especially Iberia and North Africa. Ongoing research focuses on early Islamic Iberia and North Africa; women, eunuchs and patronage in al-Andalus; and the place of the medieval Islamic lands in a broader history of villas and villa cultures. In 2009 Anderson held a Fellowship from the American Council of Learned Societies, and her work has also been recognized by the College Art Association, the Samuel H. Kress Foundation, the Society of Architectural Historians, and the Barakat Foundation. She currently serves on the Executive Board of the Historians of Islamic Art Association as Treasurer. Among her publications are “Concubines, eunuchs and patronage in Early Islamic Córdoba,” In Reassessing Women’s Roles as ‘Makers’ of Medieval Art and Architecture, edited by Therese Martin (Leiden and Boston: Brill Academic Publishers, 2012); “Islamic Spaces and Diplomacy in Constantinople (10th-13th c.),” in Medieval Encounters 15.1. 2009; and Revisiting al-Andalus: Perspectives on the Material Culture of Islamic Iberia & Beyond, Glaire D. Anderson & Mariam Rosser-Owen, Eds. (Leiden and Boston: Brill Academic Publishers, 2007).

Courses Offered (As Schedule Allows)

For current course listings, consult the Directory of Classes.

  • Art/Asia  154 Introduction to Art and Architecture of Islamic Lands (8th–16th Centuries CE) Spring 2012
  • Art 251  Art and Architecture in the Age of the Caliphs (7th–12th CE) Maymester 2011 & Fall 2011
  • Art 458  Islamic Palaces, Gardens, and Court Culture (8th–16th Centuries CE)
  • Art 561  Art and Society in Medieval Islamic Spain and North Africa (ASIA 561) Fall 2011
  • Art 562  Islamic Urbanism: Cities and Society in the Medieval Islamic Lands (7th–13th c. CE)
  • Art 965  Graduate Seminar in Islamic Art (previous topics: Orientalism, Art & Representation; Expanding the Villa Discourse)
  • Art 950  Medieval Early Modern Studies (MEMS) Graduate Interdisciplinary Seminar—Exploring Outside the Walls: medieval societies and the suburban landscape