Brad Hostetler is Visiting Assistant Professor of Art History at Kenyon College for the 2017–18 academic year, teaching introductory surveys and intermediate courses on medieval art. He specializes in the visual and material culture of the ancient and medieval Eastern Mediterranean, specifically the art and architecture of Late Antiquity, the Byzantine Empire, and the Islamicate lands. His research interests include the interaction of text and image, patronage, and the agency of luxury objects in pre-modern societies.
His current book project examines the production, use, and circulation of reliquaries in the Byzantine Empire. He is also co-director of a digital humanities project, Inscriptions of Mount Athos (IMA), which documents the medieval Greek inscriptions displayed on portable objects in the monastic collections of Mount Athos, Greece. He has published essays in Eastern Christian Art, Athanor, and most recently in Natural Materials of the Holy Land and the Visual Translation of Place, 500 – 1500 (Routledge, 2017).
He has held fellowships at Dumbarton Oaks Research Library and Collection in Washington, D.C., and the Metropolitan Museum of Art. Prior to Kenyon, Brad taught courses on medieval pilgrimage, the True Cross, and Late Antique and Early Christian art and architecture at Florida State University.