Elizabeth A. Kassler-Taub

|Assistant Professor
Academic Appointments
  • Assistant Professor of Art History

  • On leave for academic year 2022-23

Professor Kassler-Taub is a specialist in early modern art, architecture, and urbanism, with a focus on sixteenth- and seventeenth-century Italy. Her teaching and research interests include: the transcultural exchange of artistic and architectural knowledge in the Mediterranean; Spanish colonialism and urban intervention in southern Italy and the Americas; and the theory and historiography of early modern globalism. Kassler-Taub's current book project, Elastic Empire: Architecture, Urbanism, and Identity in Early Modern Palermo, explores the architectural and urban development of early modern Palermo during the first centuries of Spanish viceregal rule. She is also at work on a co-edited volume of scholarly essays and curatorial reflections with Inderbir Singh Riar (Azrieli School of Architecture & Urbanism, Carleton University) on architectural monumentality from a global and transhistorical perspective, titled Monumentality: Histories and Ideologies.

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Carpenter, Room 207
HB 6033


Art History


  • A.B. Princeton University
  • M.A. Harvard University
  • Ph. D. Harvard University

Selected Publications

  • "The Urban Waterscape of Early Modern Palermo," in Convivium: Exchanges and Interactions in the Arts of Medieval Europe, Byzantium, and the Mediterranean 10, n. 1 (June 2023), The Architecture of Medieval Port Cities: Italy and the Mediterranean.

  • "Palermo's Renaissance Misfit," in The Routledge Companion to the Global Renaissance, eds. Stephen Campbell and Stephanie Porras (in press).

  • "Unlearning Palermo's Architectural History," in "Roundtable: Constructing Race and Architecture (1400-1800)," Journal of the Society of Architectural Historians 80, n. 3 (September 2021): 270-73.

  • "Inconvenient Globalism: Method Making at the Margins of Art History," Modern Philology 119, n. 1 (August 2021), Multiplicities: Recasting the Early Modern Global, pp. 33-60.

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