Associate Professor of Art History
Chair, Department of Art and Art History
Phone: (518) 442-4020
Campus office: FA214, T & TH
12 – 1 pm
Areas of Expertise: Medieval Art
Rachel Dressler, Associate Professor of Art History andChair of the Department of Art and Art History, is a specialist in medieval art. She
earned her Ph.D. in Art History from Columbia University in 1994, with a
dissertation on medieval visual narrative at Chartres Cathedral. Her
current research focusses on English tomb effgies and their articulation
of concerns over social position and gender. She is also interested in
English and American Medieval Revival art and architecture. Professor
Dressler's most recent publications include a book, Of Armor and Men in
Medieval England: the Chivalric Rhetoric of Three English Knights'
Effigies, Ashgate Publishing Limited, 2004, and several articles
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; "The Contracting Discourse: Feminist Scholarship and Medieval
Art," Medieval Feminist Forum 43.1 (2007): 15-34; and "Cross-Legged
Knights and Signification in English Medieval Tomb Sculpture," Studies in
Iconography 21 (2000): 91-121 and "Steel Corpse: Imaging the Knight in
Death," in Jacqueline Murray, ed., Conflicted Identities and Multiple
Masculinities: Men in the Medieval West, New York and London: Garland
Publishing Limited, 1999, 135-167.
Professor Dressler is also 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
journal devoted to progressive approaches to the study of medieval art.
Her teaching concentrates on Western European art and architecture between
c. 400 CE and 1500 CE, and includes courses such as "Survey of Western Art
I," an overview of Western art from the Pre-historic period through the
Middle Ages; and "Gothic Art and Architecture," a survey of images and
buildings of the twelfth, thirteenth, and fourteenth centuries. She also
teaches more specialized courses such as "The Art of Medieval Knighthood,"
an examination of medieval knightly culture and "Women in Medieval Art and
Society," which investigates the role of women and their visual
representation during the European Middle Ages.