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Mariah Proctor-Tiffany

Mariah Proctor-Tiffany teaches courses in medieval and Islamic art and architecture, and in the cross-cultural exchange of objects. Recent courses also include “Digital Art History” and “A Global Middle Ages.” She enjoys teaching at CSU, Long Beach because of the curiosity and varied perspectives of her students. She has received numerous research fellowships, including a Samuel H. Kress Travel Fellowship, an International Center of Medieval Art book research award, and an Andrew W. Mellon Art History Publication Initiative grant. Before coming to Long Beach, she taught at Rhode Island School of Design and worked in New York City at The Metropolitan Museum of Art and at The Cloisters, the branch of museum devoted to art and architecture of the Middle Ages.

In her scholarship, Dr. Proctor-Tiffany explores art and the performance of identity by fourteenth-century brides, arguing that these women, often separated from their loved ones by politically strategic marriages, maintained their relationships through international gifts of sculptures, reliquaries, textiles, jewels, and manuscripts. The luxurious objects they circulated testified to the women’s identities, strengthening their claims to income and political power.

She served as the first faculty coordinator of the Mellon Mays Undergraduate Fellowship Program at CSULB, and she was the recipient of the Early Academic Career Excellence Award at the university. She can’t wait for the end of COVID so she can take students to France and Morocco on a study abroad experience!

Education

  • PhD, Brown University

Select Publications

Medieval Art in Motion: The Inventory and Gift Giving of Queen Clémence de Hongrie (University Park: Pennsylvania State University Press, 2019)

Co-editor, with Tracy Chapman Hamilton, of Moving Women, Moving Objects (400-1500) (Leiden: Brill, 2019).