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Beatrice Kitzinger '95

Beatrice Kitzinger is currently Assistant Professor for Medieval Art in the Department of Art & Architecture at Princeton University. Beatrice primarily works on book culture in the early Middle Ages. She is interested in the relationship between book painting, texts, and performance, and emphasizes the study of manuscripts long excluded from the art historical canon. Her monograph, The Cross, the Gospels, and the Work of Art in the Carolingian Age was published in 2019 by Cambridge University Press. She has also edited an essay collection with Joshua O'Driscoll (The Morgan Library and Museum, New York) on little-known early medieval books, After the Carolingians: Re-defining Manuscript Illumination in the Tenth and Eleventh Centuries (Berlin: De Gruyter, 2019); and published various articles (see https://scholar.princeton.edu/kitzinger). Beatrice taught in the English Department at Mt. Tamalpais College (formerly the Prison University Project) while on postdoctoral fellowship at Stanford University, and currently teaches courses in art and literature for Princeton's Prison Teaching Initiative and Rutgers University's BA program in Justice Studies for incarcerated students. Beatrice has served as Chair of the Advocacy Committee for the International Center of Medieval Art, co-developing a mentorship program for the organization and supporting projects in public-facing scholarship. She organizes discussions with Princeton students on why contemporary questions of social justice and the study of pre-modern cultures are not as far removed as they might seem; MCS students with questions on that front are welcome to be in touch.

Beatrice went from MCS to Stuyvesant High School, and earned her BA in Early Modern History and Literature at Harvard University in 2003. She received her PhD in Art History from Harvard in 2012. Her vegetable garden owes its life to John and Donna.
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