Heather Badamo

Heather Badamo
Assistant Professor

Office Hours

Spring 2022: Mondays, 3-5pm, via Zoom (see link below); Please email me to arrange an appointment

Office Location

Arts 2310


East Christian and Byzantine art; Theories of cultural exchange; Philosophies of religious violence; Strategies for communal self-fashioning as manifested in the visual arts.


B.A. Lafayette College
Ph.D. University of Michigan


Heather Badamo specializes in the arts of Byzantium and the East Christian world. Her research focuses on the intersection of Christian and Islamic visual culture, in particular the circulation of objects across the frontier zones of the eastern Mediterranean, with the related dissemination and transformation of artistic forms, ideas, and beliefs. Primary academic interests include theories of cultural exchange, philosophies of religious violence, art in war, and visual strategies for communal self-fashioning. Other interests are medieval image theory and the urban development of Cairo. She conducts research in Egypt, Lebanon, Syria, Georgia, and Turkey.

Her book project, entitled At the Frontiers of Faith: Images of Warrior Saints and Christian-Muslim Encounter in the Medieval Eastern Mediterranean, focuses on the cult of the warrior saints as seen through the lens of its icons — images of aggressive saints believed to perform miracles of salvation and conversion — which provide insights into issues of interfaith relations between Christians and Muslims during the era of the Crusades. It questions perceptions of the medieval frontier as a site of conflict, arguing for the interface as a space of productive encounter and exchange. Her research has received support from the Fulbright Foundation, the American Research Center in Egypt, the Metropolitan Museum of Art, the Dumbarton Oaks Research Library and Collection in Washington, DC, and the Council of American Overseas Research Centers. She received her Ph.D. in Art History from the University of Michigan in 2011 and was a Harper-Schmidt Postdoctoral Fellow at the University of Chicago from 2011-2015.


Church of the Holy Mother of God, view of wall paintings, 1205-12016, Akhtala Monastery, Lori, Armenia (© Heather Badamo)Icon with St. Demetrios, ivory, 950-1000 (image courtesy Cloisters Collection, Metropolitan Museum of Art, New York)St. Procopios, mosaic, Katholikon, early 11th century, Hosios Loukas, Peloponnese, Greece  (© Heather Badamo)

Dagger and Scabbard with image of St George (or St Theodore) and Arabic Inscription, Syria, Palestine or Anatolia, 13th century. Furusiyya Art Foundation, Vaduz  (© Heather Badamo)St. Mecurios slaying Julian the Apostate, wall painting, 13th century, main church, Monastery of St. Antony at the Red Sea, Egypt  (© Heather Badamo)St. Theodore, wall painting, 13th century, church of Mar Tadros, Qara, Syria  (© Heather Badamo)


Undergraduate Courses

6B   Art Survey II: Renaissance - Baroque
105C   Medieval Architecture: From Constantine to Charlemagne
105O   The Global Middle Ages: Visual and Cultural Encounters in the Medieval Mediterranean
105P   Introduction to Medieval Art and Architecture
186D   Seminar in Medieval Architecture & Sculpture: History, War, and Representation

Graduate Seminars

2019-2020   The Global Turn in Premodern Art History
2017-2018   Topics in Medieval Architecture and Sculpture
2015-2016   New Approaches to Crusader Art and Architecture: Visual Encounters and Cultural Exchange in the Frankish Levant