Ann Marie Yasin

Associate Professor of Classics and Art History

Contact Information
E-mail: yasin@usc.edu
Phone: (213) 740-3676
Office: THH 256

Curriculum Vitae


  • A.B. Classical Archaeology, University of Michigan, 4/1993
  • M.A. Art History, University of Chicago, 12/1995
  • Ph.D. Art History, University of Chicago, 5/2002

  • Academic Appointment, Affiliation, and Employment History

    • Associate Professor, University of Southern California, 05/2009-  
    • Assistant Professor, University of Southern California, 08/2005-05/2009  
    • Assistant Professor, Northwestern University, 09/2002-07/2005  

    Description of Research

    Summary Statement of Research Interests
    Ann Marie Yasin specializes in Roman and late antique art and material culture. She holds a joint appointment in the Departments of Classics and Art History and is a contributing faculty member to USC's Interdisciplinary Archaeology Program. Her primary research interests include monuments and commemoration; social lives of ancient objects and buildings; material culture of ancient religion; and the history of collecting and displaying Roman and early Christian antiquities.

    She teaches undergraduate courses on Greek, Roman and late antique art and archaeology as well as broader introductions to art history and theoretical approaches to material culture. In addition, her recent graduate seminars include The Material World of the Romans (using the Getty Villa collection as our "laboratory"), Building and Displaying Ancient Rome (taught on site); Art, Ritual and Religion in the Roman World; Collecting the Sacred; Late Antique Cityscapes; Monuments and Cultural Memory; Image and Narrative in Late Antiquity; and Late Antique Sacred Space and Religious Architecture.

    Her recent book, Saints and Church Spaces in the Late Antique Mediterranean: Architecture, Cult and Community (Cambridge University Press, 2009), examines how the increasing popularity of saint veneration affected the architectural space and social function of early Christian churches. It focuses on evidence from Italy, North Africa and the Greek East from the fourth through sixth centuries CE to investigate the impact of saints' cults on commemoration of the dead, expressions of social hierarchies, and the organization of sacred space. She is also Associate Editor of Early Christian and Byzantine Architecture for the Cambridge World History of Religious Architecture.

    Professor Yasin was named a Fellow in Byzantine Studies at Dumbarton Oaks in Washington, D.C. for Spring 2006. She has also been the recipient of fellowships from the Jacob K. Javits and the Whiting foundations and from 1999 to 2001 held a two-year Rome Prize Fellowship in the School of Classical Studies at the American Academy in Rome. She has worked on archaeological sites in Tunisia, Italy and France and has taught on-site in Rome, Athens and Thessaloniki. She has served on the and the Governing Board of the Byzantine Studies Association of North America and currently serves on the Editorial Board of the journal Classical Antiquity.

    Research Specialties
    Roman, Late Roman and Early Byzantine Art and Architecture

    Conferences and Other Presentations

    Conference Presentations
    • "Conspicuous Antiquity and the Rhetoric of Renovation: Shaping Memory at Early Christian Cult Sites", Cultural Memories in the Roman Empire, Talk/Oral Presentation, Getty Villa, Malibu, Invited, Spring 2013   
    • "Beyond Spolia: Architectural Memory and Adaptation in the Churches of Late Antique North Africa", Dumbarton Oaks Spring Symposium, Rome Re-Imagined: Byzantine and Early Islamic Africa, c. 500-800, Talk/Oral Presentation, Washington, D.C., Dumbarton Oaks, Invited, Spring 2012   
    • "Embedded Fragments: Spatial and Material Rhetorics of Relics in Late Antique Churches", Dumbarton Oaks Spring Symposium, Saints and Sacred Matter: The Cult of Relics in Byzantium and Beyon, Talk/Oral Presentation, Washington D.C., Dumbarton Oaks, Invited, Spring 2011   
    • "Introductory Remarks", Sensing the Gods: Materiality, Perception and the Divine, Talk/Oral Presentation, USC, College Commons, Spring 2010   
    • "Prayers on Site: Graffiti and the Production of Early Christian Sacred Space", Viewing Texts: Word as Image and Ornament in Medieval Inscriptions, Talk/Oral Presentation, Courtauld Institute of Art, London, Courtauld Institute of Art, London, Invited, Spring 2010   
    • "Engaging Graves: Functions and Expectations of Early Christian Funerary Imagery", Talk/Oral Presentation, Washington University in St. Louis, Department of Art History and Archaeology, Invited, Spring 2009   
    • "Negotiating Old Sacred Places: Material Biographies of Late Antique Church Buildings", Roman Archaeology Conference, Talk/Oral Presentation, Refereed Ann Arbor, Spring 2009   
    • "Images at the Christian Tomb: What They Do and What They Expect", Symposium accompanying the exhibit, Picturing the Bible: The Earliest Christian Art, Talk/Oral Presentation, Fort Worth, TX, Kimbell Art Museum, Invited, Spring 2008   
    • "Making Use of Paradise: Heavenly Visions and the Late Antique Commemorative Imagination", Looking Beyond: Visions, Dreams and Insights in Medieval Art and History, Talk/Oral Presentation, Paper, Princeton University, Index of Christian Art, Princeton University and T, Invited, Spring 2008   
    • "Peering at Sanctity: Sight Lines and the Sacred at Late Antique Martyria", Byzantine Studies Conference, Talk/Oral Presentation, Refereed University of Toronto, Fall 2007   
    • "The New Euergetism: Churches as Commemorative Landscapes", Cities and Gods: Interdisciplinary Perspectives, Talk/Oral Presentation, St. John's College, University of Durham, UK, Invited, Spring 2007   
    • "Churches before Architecture: Approaches to Sacred Space in the Early Christian World", Talk/Oral Presentation, Washington D.C., Dumbarton Oaks, Invited, Spring 2006   
    • "The Museology of Rome's Early Christian Churches", Past Perfected: Antiquity and Its Reinventions, Talk/Oral Presentation, Refereed Getty Villa, Los Angeles, National Committee for the History of Art, Spring 2006   

    Other Presentations
    • "Symposium Organizer, "Sensing the Gods: Materiality, Perception and the Divine" ", Symposium Organizer, "Sensing the Gods: Materiality, Perception and the Divine" , The College Commons, USC, Spring 2009   
    • "Roman and Byzantine North Africa: Transformations in Culture and Society", North Africa and its Neighbors: A Dynamic Crossroad, summer workshop for pre-collegiate educators, UCLA Center for Near Eastern Studies, Los Angeles, Spring 2008   



    Book Chapter
    • Yasin, A. (2012). "Sacred Space and Visual Art,". Oxford Handbook of Late Antiquity pp. 935-69. Oxford: Oxford Univ. Pr..
    • Yasin, A. (2012). "Sight Lines of Sanctity at Late Antique Martyria," in Architecture of the Sacred: Space, Ritual, and Experience from Classical Greece to Byzantium. pp. 248-80. New York, NY: Cambridge University Press.
    • Yasin, A. (2010). "Making Use of Paradise: Church Benefactors, Heavenly Visions, and the Late Antique Commemorative Imagination," in Looking Beyond: Visions, Dreams and Insights in Medieval Art and History. pp. 39-57. Princeton, NJ: Princeton Index of Christian Art.

    Book Review
    • Yasin, A. (2013). Review essay on Transition to Christianity: Art of Late Antiquity, 3rd-7th Century AD., ed. Anastasia Lazaridou, (New York: Alexander S. Onassis Public Benefit Foundation, 2011) and Byzantium and Islam: Age of Transition, 7th-9th Century, ed. Helen C. Evans, with Brandie Ratliff (New York: The Metropolitan Museum of Art, 2012). W 86th: A Journal of Decorative Arts, Design History and Material Culture. pp. 245-49.
    • Yasin, A. (2012). Review of The Second Church. Popular Christianity A.D. 200-400, by Ramsay MacMullen (Atlanta: Society of Biblical Literature, 2009). Journal of Roman Studies. pp. 405-6.
    • Yasin, A. (2011). Review of The Roman Imperial Mausoleum in Late Antiquity, by Mark J. Johnson. American Journal of Archaeology.
    • Yasin, A. (2010). Review of The Social History of Roman Art, Peter Stewart. New England Classical Journal. pp. 147-50.
    • Yasin, A. (2006). Review of The Urban Image of Late Antique Constantinople, Sarah Bassett. caa.reviews.
    • Yasin, A. (2002). Review of Burial, Society and Context in the Roman World, eds. J. Pearce, M. Millett and M. Struck (Oxford 2000). Bryn Mawr Classical Reviews.

    Encyclopedia Article
    • Yasin, A. (2012). "Ravenna,". (Roger S. Bagnall, et al., Ed.). 5738-39. Encyclopedia of Ancient History, Wiley-Blackwell.

    Journal Article
    • Yasin, A. (2012). "Response: Materializing the Study of Late Antique Pilgrimage,". HEROM – Journal on Hellenistic and Roman Material Culture. Vol. 1, pp. 261-76.
    • Yasin, A. (2012). "Reassessing Salona's Churches: Martyrium Evolution in Question,". Journal of Early Christian Studies. Vol. 20 (1), pp. 59-112.
    • Yasin, A. (2005). "Funerary Monuments and Collective Identity: From Roman Family to Christian Community,". The Art Bulletin/College Art Association. pp. 433-57.
    • Yasin, A. (2000). "Displaying the Sacred Past: Ancient Christian Inscriptions in Early Modern Rome,". International Journal of the Classical Tradition/International Society for the Classical Tradition, Boston University. Vol. 7 (1), pp. 39-57.

    • Yasin, A. (2001). Translation (from German) of Franz Alto Bauer, "Urban Space and Ritual: Constantinople in Late Antiquity". Acta ad archaeologiam et artium historiam pertinentia.
    • Yasin, A. (1998). Roman and Late antique Objects, in The Classical Collection of the David and Alfred Smart Museum of Art, The University of Chicago. The University of Chicago Press.

    Honors and Awards

    • Byzantine Studies Fellow, Dumbarton Oaks, 1/2006-5/2006  
    • American Academy at Rome, 2-year Rome Prize in Classical Studies and Archaeology, 9/1999-8/2001  

    Service to the University

    Administrative Appointments
    • Director of Graduate Studies, Art History, 07/2013-  
    • Director of Graduate Studies, Classics Department, 06/2009-08/2011  
    • Member, Advisory Board, Visual Studies Graduate Certificate, 2011-  
    • Member, Faculty Advisory Committee, Interdisciplinary Archaeology Committee, 09/2006-  
    • Member, Academic Advisory Council, Interdisciplinary Research Group of the Center for Religion and Civic Culture, 2009-2012  
    • Co-Chair, Co-director, Religion and Material Culture Working Group of the USC Center for Religion and Civic Culture Interdisciplinary Research Group. Organize monthly interdisciplinary workshop meetings and speaker series events., 2009-2011  

    Service to the Profession

    • Member, Governing Board, Byzantine Studies Association of North America, 10/2007-10/2011  

    Editorships and Editorial Boards
    • Editorial Board Member, Classical Antiquity, 08/2008-  
    • Associate Editor for Early Christian and Byzantine Architecture, Cambridge World History of Religious Architecture, 03/2008-  
    • Editorial Board Member, Gesta, 03/2012-03/2013  

    Professional Offices
    • Vice President, Byzantine Studies Association of North America, 10/2010-10/2011  
    • Secretary, Byzantine Studies Association of North America, 10/2008-10/2009  

  • Department of Classics
  • University of Southern California
  • THH 256
  • Los Angeles, CA 90089-0352