Glaire D. Anderson (PhD, MIT) is an historian of Islamic art, architecture, and civilization during the age of the caliphs, with a research focus on Umayyad Córdoba and the western Mediterranean.
Anderson is co-editor, with Mariam Rosser-Owen, of Revisiting al-Andalus: Perspectives on the Material Culture of Islamic Iberia and Beyond (Brill, 2007). She is the recipient of the 2015 Eleanor Tufts Book Prize from the American Society of Hispanic Art Historical Studies for The Islamic villa in early medieval Iberia: aristocratic estates and court culture in Umayyad Córdoba (Ashgate, 2013) and the 2014-15 Charles Julian Bishko Memorial Prize from the Association for Spanish & Portuguese Historical Studies for the article “Sign of the Cross: Contexts for the Ivory Cross of San Millán de la Cogolla.”
Other recent publications include a critique of medieval Islamic Iberia and North Africa in Islamic architectural history; court women and unfree elites as ‘makers’ of Cordoban Umayyad art; and material culture and competing notions of caliphal sovereignty. Anderson is currently at work on a book about the ninth-century Cordoban polymath ‘Abbas Ibn Firnas, visual culture, and the natural sciences during the caliphal era.
Anderson has served on the Historians of Islamic Art Association Executive Board and has been the recipient of research fellowships from the Society of Architectural Historians, the American Council of Learned Societies, the Program for Cultural Cooperation of Spain’s Ministry of Culture and United States Universities, the College Art Association, and the Samuel H. Kress Foundation.
” A Mother’s gift? Astrology and the pyxis of al-Mughira” Journal of Medieval History. Special Issue: ‘Me Fecit.’ Making Medieval Art (History) 42, no. 1 (pre-print November 2015) 1-24.
“Great Ladies and Noble Daughters: Ivories and Women in the Umayyad Court at Córdoba,” (with Mariam Rosser-Owen), Pearls on a String: Art in the Age of Great Islamic Empires, Edited by Amy Landau (University of Washington Press, 2015), 42-65.
“Sovereignty and the Materiality of Caliphal Encounters.” PMLA 130, no. 2 (2015):393-401.
“Sign of the Cross: Contexts for the Ivory Cross of San Millán de La Cogolla.” Journal of Medieval Iberian Studies 6, no. 1 (2014): 15–41.
“Integrating the Medieval Iberian Peninsula and North Africa in Islamic Architectural History,” Journal of North African Studies (2013), 1-10.
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. 86-113.
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).
Introduction [historiographic essay, w/ Mariam Rosser-Owen]
Courses offered (availability varies)
Arth 80 Islamic Art & Science (1c/2a)
Arth /Asia 154 Introduction to Art and Architecture of Islamic Lands (1c/2a)
Arth/Asia 251 Art and Architecture in the Age of the Caliphs (1c/2a)
Arth 340 Art and Interchange in Islamic Spain (1b/2a)
Arth 458 Islamic Architecture and the Environment (1c/2a)
Arth 561 Arts of the Islamic Mediterranean (1b/2a)
Arth 562 Islamic Urbanism (1c/2a)
Arth 956 Graduate Seminar in Islamic Art