Megan Boomer, M.A.

Doctoral Fellow, Samuel H. Kress Foundation

Megan Boomer received a dual B.A. in Art History and Anthropology from Brown University in 2010. She began her Ph.D. studies in the History of Art at the University of Pennsylvania in 2012. Her 2017 MA paper discusses the Mashhad of Sayyida Ruqayya and Fatimid devotional space, and her dissertation, Landscapes of Salvation: Architecture and Memory in the Latin Kingdom of Jerusalem, investigates how architecture, decoration, and liturgy informed twelfth-century conceptions of sacred topography in the Holy Land.

Fellowships and awards include: Benjamin Franklin Fellow, University of Pennsylvania, 2013-17; Dean's Scholar, University of Pennsylvania, 2015-16; George A. Barton Fellow, W. F. Albright Institute of Archaeological Research, Jerusalem, 2016-17; Dissertation Grant, Mary Jaharis Center for Byzantine Art & Culture, 2017-2018.

  • Crusader art and architecture
  • Christian, Islamic, and Jewish sacred landscapes in the medieval Mediterranean
  • Pilgrimage space and ritual practice

Landscapes of Salvation: Architecture and Memory in the Latin Kingdom of Jerusalem


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