Consortium for Faculty Diversity Postdoctoral Fellow
Ph.D. University of Toronto
Office: Thomas Hall 210
Office phone: 610 526-5044
Office fax: 610 526-7479
Alexander Harper specializes in medieval art and architecture, with particular interests in social histories of architecture, architectural production and agency, and urbanism in southern Italy. His dissertation, entitled “Patronage in the Re-Christianized Landscape of Angevin Apulia: The Rebuilding of Luceria sarracenorum into Civitas Sanctae Mariae,” investigated the early fourteenth-century rebuilding and re-Christianization of Lucera in Apulia, a former Muslim settlement destroyed, resettled, and rebuilt in the early fourteenth century. He currently is at work on a book project examining the art, architectural, and institutional histories of late thirteenth- and early fourteenth-century new towns in southern Italy tentatively titled Angevin New Towns: Studies in Medieval Colonialism. Alexander has received numerous grants and awards, including grants from the Medieval Academy and the Fulbright Program for study in Italy. His research on architectural production and circulation in southern Italy has been presented recently at the Canadian Conference of Medieval Art Historians, the International Congress on Medieval Studies, and the American Association for Italian Studies, among other places.