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.
Roman, Late Roman and Early Byzantine Art and Architecture