Professor Rachel Dressler has been awarded a National Endowment for the Humanities Summer Stipend to support two months of full-time research and writing in Summer 2009. She will divide her time between England and New York City and will complete research for an article, “Staging Remembrance: Death, Tombs, and Status in Late Medieval England.” This study focuses on a group of mid-to-late-fourteenth-century tomb monuments from the county of Somerset in England and their relationship to social mobility in the later Middle Ages.
Most of Prof. Dressler’s recent research and publication has been focused on English medieval tomb sculpture and its intersection with issues of gender and status. In 2004 she published Of Armor and Men in Medieval England: the Chivalric Rhetoric of Three English Knights’ Effigies with Ashgate Publishing. She has also published articles on the afterlife of medieval tomb effigies, including “Those effigies which belonged to the English Nation': Antiquarianism, Nationalism and Charles Alfred Stothard's Monumental Effigies of Great Britain,” Studies in Medievalism (August 2005): 143-174, and feminist approaches to medieval art, “The Contracting Discourse: Feminist Scholarship and Medieval Art," Medieval Feminist Forum 43.1 (2007): 15-34.” Prof. Dressler is the founder and Editor-in-Chief of Different Visions: A Journal of New Perspectives on Medieval Art (www.differentvisions.org), an on-line, open-access, peer-reviewed journal devoted to progressive approaches in the study of medieval art.
Professor Dressler received her PhD from Columbia University in 1993 and has been a member of the Art Department since 1995. She has been Associate Dean in the College of Arts and Sciences since 2007.