Anne McClanan

Professor, Art History

Professor McClanan teaches western medieval and Byzantine art history as well as within the digital humanities. She brings the first-hand study of artworks to her teaching whenever possible, and mentors her students in original research showcased in an ongoing web-based database of Medieval objects in Portland collections and a 2018 exhibit. She has published a book analyzing images of early Byzantine empresses, edited an anthology on Iconoclasm (published as well in Chinese translation), and another anthology on the material culture of sex, procreation, and marriage in the premodern era. Her current research investigates the representation of griffins for which she has received support from Dumbarton Oaks and the Institute for Advanced Study. She studied at Harvard (Ph.D., 1998), the Johns Hopkins and Columbia Universities, and has excavated in archeological sites in Turkey, Jordan, and Israel.

Prof McClanan developed and coordinates the Post-Baccalaureate Certificate in Art History as well as the Cultural History of the Arts BA/BS that will launch in Fall 2021.

You can explore her work in online pedagogy and the digital humanities at

  • A.B.
    Columbia University
  • PhD
    Harvard University