Consortium for Faculty Diversity Postdoctoral Fellow
Ph.D. University of Toronto, 2014
B.A. University of Notre Dame, 2008
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 the historiography of architecture, architectural production and agency, urbanism, and multiculturalism in late medieval southern Italy. His dissertation, entitled “Patronage in the re-Christianized Landscape of Angevin Apulia: The Rebuilding of Luceria Sarracenorum into Civitas Sanctae Mariae,” investigates the early fourteenth-century rebuilding and re-Christianization of Lucera in Apulia, a city that for most of the thirteenth century served as the only permanent Muslim settlement on the Italian peninsula until its destruction in August 1300. Alexander has received numerous grants and awards, including a University of Toronto School of Graduate Studies Travel Grant to Italy, the John Boswell Dissertation Grant awarded by the Medieval Academy, and a Fulbright Grant to Italy. His research on architectural production and circulation in southern Italy and mendicant architecture in the same region has been presented most recently at the Vagantes Medieval Graduate Student Conference in Madison, Wisconsin; the Canadian Conference of Medieval Art Historians in Ottawa, Ontario, Canada; and the International congress on Medieval Studies at Western Michigan University.