Robert Ousterhout

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Professor of History of Art, Director of the Center for Ancient Studies
308 Jaffe Building
215/ 898-3249

Robert Ousterhout (Ph.D. University of Illinois at Urbana-Champaign) was Professor of Architectural History at the University of Illinois at Urbana-Champaign, where he taught for more than twenty years before joining the History of Art faculty at Penn in January 2007.

At UIUC he was honored as University Scholar (1992-95), Outstanding Faculty in the College of Fine and Applied Arts (1991, 2002), and Associate at the Institute of Advanced Study (1993-4, 2006). He has also held Fulbright and Dumbarton Oaks fellowships. He was elected President of U.S. National Committee for Byzantine Studies (2002-06).

Ousterhout teaches courses in Byzantine art and architectural history. He serves as the Director of the Center for Ancient Studies.

Research Interests: 

Byzantine architecture and monumental art. Constantinople, Cappadocia, Jerusalem.


Major publications:

Master Builders of Byzantium (2nd paperback edition, University of Pennsylvania Museum Publications, 2008).

John Henry Haynes: A Photographer and Archaeologist in the Ottoman Empire 1881-1900 (Istanbul, 2011)

A Byzantine Settlement in Cappadocia, Dumbarton Oaks Studies 42 (2nd revised, paperback edition, Washington, D.C., 2011)

Kariye Camii, Yeniden/The Kariye Camii Reconsidered, edited, with Holger A. Klein and Brigitte Pitarakis (Istanbul: Istanbul Research Institute, 2011)

Osman Hamdi Bey and the Americans: Archaeology, Diplomacy, Art. Exhibition Catalogue (Istanbul: Pera Museum, 2011), edited, with Renata Holod

Courses Taught: 

ARTH 101 Prehistory to Renaissance: Art History before 1400

Arth 301 Undergraduate Seminar: Architecture and Identity

Arth 247 Eastern Medieval Architecture

Arth 730 Graduate Seminar: the Arts of Cappadocia

Arth 742 Graduate Seminar: Form and Meaning in Medieval Architecture

Arth 744 Graduate Seminar: the Arts of Constantinople