Professor McClanan teaches western and Byzantine medieval art, art history methodology, and thematic classes, such as Nature into Art. She brings the first-hand study of artworks to her teaching whenever possible, and with her students has developed an ongoing web-based database of Medieval objects in Portland collections and a 2012 exhibit. She has published a book analyzing Byzantine empresses and edited an anthology on Iconoclasm (published as well in Chinese translation) and another anthology on the material culture of sex, procreation and marriage. Her current research investigates images of animals in early medieval art. She serves as Director of the Hellenic Studies Program, Area Head for Art History, and Coordinator for Interpreting the Past Cluster in University Studies.
She studied at Harvard (PhD, 1998), the Johns Hopkins and Columbia Universities and has excavated Roman and Medieval sites in Turkey, Jordan and Israel.
Office: Art Building, Room 310B
Phone: (503) 725.3338