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. Professor Yasin's research examines the long histories and impact of Roman and late antique buildings and objects in the lives of the people who interacted with them. Much of her work focuses on the social and political dimensions of sacred architecture and art, including her first book, Saints and Church Spaces in the Late Antique Mediterranean: Architecture, Cult, and Community (Cambridge University Press, 2009), and more recent studies on memory and sacred landscapes, materiality and perception of devotional graffiti, and the collection, handling and display of relics.

    Professor Yasin 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); Building and Displaying Ancient Rome (taught on site); Art, Ritual and Religion in the Roman World; and Late Antique Cityscapes. At every level, Professor Yasin's classes seek to help students gain perspective on our world through cross-cultural comparison with the past and to develop tools for critical analysis of the visual and architectural landscape. Her classes also regularly take advantage of opportunities for face-to-face examination of art and architecture in Los Angeles (and occasionally even abroad).

    Professor Yasin is deeply committed to promoting humanistic and historical inquiry and connecting the ancient world to broader scholarly discussions of material and visual culture. She collaborates closely with scholars across the university in helping to shape USC's Visual Studies Research Institute and USC's Interdisciplinary Archaeology Program. Her work advancing the field also includes serving as Director of Graduate Study (in Classics, 2009-11; in Art History, 2013-present), on the Governing Board of the Byzantine Studies Association of North America (2007-11), on the Editorial Board of the journal Classical Antiquity (2008-present), and as Associate Editor for early Christian and Byzantine architecture for the Cambridge World History of Religious Architecture.

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

    Conferences and Other Presentations

    Conference Presentations
    • "Making Place in the Medieval Desert: Monks, Pilgrims and Sacred Landscape in the Sinai", The Desert in Historical Imagination, Univ. of California, Irvine, Talk/Oral Presentation, Invited, Spring 2016   
    • "Origin Stories in Stone: Late Antique Churches and the Material Traces of Sacred History", Erzeugung und Zerstörung von Sakralität zwischen Antike und Mittelalter, Ludwig-Maximilians-Universi, Talk/Oral Presentation, Ludwig-Maximilians-Universität, Munich, Invited, Fall 2015   
    • "Salvaged Stones and Records of Renovation: Material Histories of Early Churches in Late Antiquity", 2015 Mario and Antionette Romano Lecture, Binghamton University, Lecture/Seminar, Invited, Spring 2015   
    • "Renovation and the Early Byzantine Church: Staging Past and Prayer", Prayer and Worship in Eastern Christianities, 6th to 11th Centuries, Talk/Oral Presentation, Institute for Advanced Study in the Humanities, Hebrew University, Jerusalem, Invited, Spring 2014   
    • "The Pilgrim and the Arch: Channeling Movement and Transforming Experience at Late Antique Holy Sites ", Excavating Pilgrimage: Archaeological Approaches to Sacred Travel from Classical Greece to Late Anti, Talk/Oral Presentation, Aarhus University, Denmark, Invited, Spring 2014   
    • "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. (2016). "Beyond Spolia: Architectural Memory and Adaptation in the Churches of Late Antique North Africa," in North Africa under Byzantium and early Islam. pp. 215-36. Washington, D.C.: Dumbarton Oaks.
    • Yasin, A. (2015). "Shaping the Memory of Early Christian Cult Sites: Conspicuous Antiquity and the Rhetoric of Renovation at Rome, Cimitile-Nola and Porec," in Cultural Memories in the Roman Empire. pp. 116-32. Los Angeles: Getty Publications.
    • Yasin, A. (2015). "Sacred Installations: The Material Conditions of Relic Collections in Late Antique Churches," in Saints and Sacred Matter: The Cult of Relics in Byzantium and Beyond. pp. 133-51. Washington, D.C.: Dumbarton Oaks.
    • Yasin, A. (2015). "Prayers on Site: The Materiality of Devotional Graffiti and the Production of Early Christian Sacred Space," in Viewing Inscriptions in the Late Antique and Medieval Worlds. pp. 36-60. Cambridge: Cambridge University Press.
    • 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. (2016). Review of The Early Byzantine Christian Church: An Archaeological Re-assessment of Forty-Seven Early Byzantine Basilical Church Excavations, by Bernard Mulholland (Oxford: Peter Lang. 2014). Catholic Historical Review. pp. 133-35.
    • Yasin, A. (2014). Review of Christians and Their Many Identities in Late Antiquity, North Africa, 200-450 CE, by Éric Rebillard (Ithaca: Cornell University Press, 2012). Augustinian Studies. pp. 353-55.
    • 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-  
    • Acting Chair, Art History, 09/2015-12/2015  
    • Director of Graduate Studies, Classics Department, 06/2009-08/2011  

    • Member, Executive Board, Visual Studies Research Institute, 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