Office: Ben Shahn 129
Phone: (973) 720-3279
Office Hours: See Tina Giraldi or Blackboard for the current term's schedule.
Area Specialization: Western Art 1 (ARTH 110), Approaches to Visual Art (ARTH 101), Greek and Roman Art (ARTH 322), Medieval Art (ARTH 324), and Islamic Art (ARTH 338).
Maggie Williams is an art historian who specializes in the medieval period, with a particular focus on the ways in which art objects function as expressions of cultural identity. Her research deals with the monumental stone sculptures known as Irish High Crosses or “Celtic Crosses,” examining the crosses’ roles in their original contexts as well as their reception and reproduction in the modern period. She has published numerous articles on the topic, and is currently researching the crosses’ use as signs of cultural memory in and around New York City.
Professor Williams received her PhD in Art History from Columbia University in 2001, where she also completed a Masters degree in 1996. She has a B.A. in Fine Arts and Romance Languages from New York University, as well as an M.S. in Education from the City College of New York. She teaches Ancient and Medieval Art at William Paterson, and she is developing courses on Islamic and African Art for the future.