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.
Roman, Late Roman and Early Byzantine Art and Architecture