Lisa Reilly

Commonwealth Professor of Architectural History

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Lisa Reilly's chief research interest is in the history of Norman architecture in England, France and Italy. She published a monograph on Peterborough Cathedral with Oxford University Press in the series Clarendon Studies in the Fine Arts. Ms. Reilly publishes and lectures chiefly on Norman architecture and is currently completing a book on Norman visual culture throughout the Romanesque world.  Together with Karen Van Lengen, Ms. Reilly wrote Campus Guide: Vassar College for Princeton Architectural Press. Ms. Reilly is a leading early user of digital humanities technology in teaching and research. She was a resident fellow at the Institute for Advanced Technology in the Humanities at the University of Virginia (2006-08). Her ongoing research project investigates the medieval design process using digital analysis (  With a grant from the Academy of Teaching at the University of Virginia, Ms. Reilly led the development of a faculty group dedicated to investigating and implementing digital humanities tools for use by undergraduates in courses at the University during 2012-13.  Her students in her newly designed course On Hajj with Ibn Jubayr: Reconstructing the 12th Century Mediterranean, created digital exhibitions using Neatline (  Their work can be seen at  Many of her graduate students also implement digital tools in their research.  One, Ed Triplett, was recently highlighted in the Chronicle of Higher Education (http://.com/article/3-PhD-Candidates-Who-Are/137223/).

Ms. Reilly teaches survey lectures in the Department of Architectural History as well as upper level courses on early and later medieval architecture, which include a broad spectrum of architectural topics such as urban planning, vernacular architecture, the medieval Mediterranean and lay piety as well as ecclesiastical and secular monuments. She was recently awarded a hybrid challenge grant by the Office of the President to redesign the architectural history survey using digital tools. Recent graduate seminars include Lay Piety in the Later Middle Ages, Norman Art and Architecture, Sicily, From Roman to Romanesque, the Concept of the Medieval, and Durham Cathedral. Ms. Reilly held the NEH/Horace Goldsmith Distinguished Teaching Chair of Art and Architectural History from 1999-2002 and frequently offers workshops on teaching. She is on the faculty of the joint graduate program in art and architectural history.  Ms. Reilly was the editor of the journal Gesta (2009-12) and is a fellow of the Society of Antiquaries of London. She will be the Fulbright Fellow in the History of Art at the University of York in spring 2015 where she will be researching the stained glass of the parish church of St. Michael le Belfrey.  She is the 2014 Bonnie Wheeler Fellow.