Christine Bachman
Art History

Christine’s teaching and research focus on the forms and functions of medieval art and its significance within a geographically-expansive worldview. Her research concentrates on early medieval manuscripts with an emphasis on materials and production processes, the construction and dissemination of decorative motifs, and artistic connections between northwestern Europe and the wider world in the eighth century. Her PhD dissertation, entitled "Outside the Pages: The Making and Meaning of Early Medieval Book Covers," examines the earliest surviving book covers from northwestern Europe, dating to approximately 700-800 CE, and analyzes them according to three major functions they performed—encasement, embellishment, and enshrinement. In addition to her research and teaching, she engages with medieval manuscripts through her library work. In 2020 she curated the online exhibit, “A Liberal Arts Education for the (Middle) Ages: Texts, Translations, and Study” for the Schoenberg Institute for Manuscript Studies. In 2019 she curated the exhibit “The Gothic Library: Medieval Revival Designs for Books and Their Spaces” for the Winterthur Library.

She received her PhD in Art History from the University of Delaware in 2022. Before receiving her PhD, she worked as the Editorial Assistant for The Art Bulletin and as a lecturer in the Department of Art & Art History at the University of Colorado. She received an MA in the History of Art from the Courtauld Institute of Art, a Master of Library Science degree from Indiana University, and a BA from Wellesley College.

Courses Taught

  • ARTH 1500 Global Arts and Visual Culture
  • ARTH 3079 Medieval Art Survey
  • ARTH 3241 Art in Islamic Cultures
  • ARTH 4069 Medieval Manuscripts
  • ARTH 4929 Special Topics in Art History
  • ARTH 4919 Capstone Seminar in Art History