Maggie M Williams
Professor • Department of
Professor Williams is a founding member of the Material Collective, a scholarly working group that is best described by our Manifesto, which states: “As a collaborative of students of visual culture, Material Collective seeks to foster a safe space for alternative ways of thinking about objects. We strive for transparency in our practice, and we encourage the same in our institutional surroundings. Our project touches upon both form and content, as we pursue a lyrical and experimental style of writing along with a more humane, collaborative, and supportive process of scholarship.” We began as mostly medievalists, and mainly art historians, but we are ever expanding to include all sorts of people interested in thinking about visual and material culture. We maintain an active blog at thematerialcollective.org.
Medieval Art History, African Art History, Islamic Art History, Premodern Critical Race Studies
Licenses and Certifications
NY State K-12 Visual Arts,
"Celtic" Crosses and the Myth of Whiteness; Whose Middle Ages? A Reader; Fordham University Press;
"Celtic" Crosses and the Myth of Whiteness
Art & Art History Lecture Series
This is a recording of my talk on YouTube.
Notable Courses Taught
Understanding Art (ARTH 1010; both in-person and online), Caves to Cathedrals (ARTH 1110; both in-person and online), Greek and Roman Art (ARTH 2240; both in-person and online), Medieval Art (ARTH 2280), Islamic Art (ARTH 3380), Arts of Africa (ARTH/AWS 2330; both in-person and online), Research Methods in Art History (ARTH 3000; both in-person and online), and a special topics class in Body Art (ARTH 3990).