Annabel J. Wharton

William B. Hamilton Professor of Art and Art History in Trinity College of Arts and Sciences


  • Ph.D., University of London (UK) 1975

  • M.A., University of Chicago 1969

  • B.S., University of Wisconsin at Madison 1966


ANNABEL WHARTON, William B. Hamilton Professor of Art History, Duke University, and Vincent Scully Visiting Professor at the Yale School of Architecture in 2014, received her Ph.D. at the Courtauld Institute, London University. Initially her research focused on Late Ancient and Byzantine art and culture (Art of Empire [Penn State] and Refiguring the Post-Classical City [Cambridge]). Then she began to investigate the effects of modernity on ancient landscapes, notably in Building the Cold War: Hilton International Hotels and Modern Architecture (Chicago, 2001). She has combined her interests in the Ancient and the Modern in her last two books: Selling Jerusalem: Relics, Replicas, Theme Parks (Chicago, 2006) and Architectural Agents: The Delusional, Abusive, Addictive Lives of Buildings (Minnesota, 2015). Architectural Agents considers material and digital buildings as agents that both endure pain and inflict it. She has begun work on a new project treating the theory and practice of models, conceptual and material, analog and digital, tentatively titled Manipulating Models.


Early Christian & Byzantine Architecture, architectural history, medieval architecture, modern architecture, religious visual culture, new technologies for visualizing historical materials

Wharton, AJ. "Byzantine Art; Hagia Sophia." World Book Encyclopedia. Chicago, 1998.

Wharton AJ, . "Various." Oxford Dictionary of Byzantium. Oxford University Press, 1991.

Wharton, AJ. "Cappadocia." Dictionary of the Middle Ages. New York, 1981.

Wharton, AJ. "’Iconoclast’ Chapels in Cappadocia." Iconoclasm. Ed. A Bryer and J Herrin. University of Birmingham, 1975. 103-112.


Wharton, AJ. "Medieval Cyprus: Studies in Art, Architecture and History in Memory of Doula Mouriki." Ed. N Sevcenko and C Moss. Speculum 77 (2002): 244-247.

Wharton, AJ. "Height of Fashion." New Statesman 14 (2001): 38-41. (Academic Article)

Wharton, AJ. "Economy, Architecture and Cold War Politics: the Istanbul Hilton." Ed. CDW Goodwin and N DeMarchi. Economic Engagements with Art (1999): 285-300.

Beckwith, S, and Wharton AJ, . "Body, Matter, Spirit." Ed. A Wharton. JMEMS, special issue 28 (1998).

Wharton, AJ. "Westminster Cathedral: Medieval Architectures and Religious Difference." Journal of Medieval and Early Modern Studies 26.3 (1996): 523-555. (Academic Article)

Matthews, T, and Wharton AJ, . "Clash of the Gods." American Historical Review 100 (1995): 1518-1519. (Review)

Wharton, AJ. "Good and Bad Images from the Synagogue of Dura Europos: Contexts, Subtexts, Intertexts." Art History 17.1 (1994): 1-25. (Academic Article)

Pelikan, J, and Wharton AJ, . "Imago Dei. the Byzantine Apologia for Icons." Envoi: A Review Journal of Medieval Literature 4 (1992): 131-134. (Review)


Spring 2016

Honors Thesis Workshop (ARTHIST 495S.01)
Smith Wrhs A290, Tu 06:30 PM-09:00 PM

Fall 2015

Modern Architecture (ARTHIST 285D.02D)
West Duke 08A, W 03:05 PM-03:55 PM
Modern Architecture (ARTHIST 285D.01D)
East Duke 204A, M 03:05 PM-03:55 PM
Modern Architecture (ARTHIST 285D.001)
Smith Wrhs 271, TuTh 03:05 PM-04:20 PM
Jerusalem (ARTHIST 713S.01)
Smith Wrhs A290, Tu 06:30 PM-09:00 PM
Modern Architecture (ARTHIST 285.01)
TBA, TuTh 03:05 PM-04:20 PM

Spring 2015

Contemporary Architecture (ARTHIST 286D.03D)
Carr 106, F 01:40 PM-02:30 PM
Models: Premodern to Posthuman (ARTHIST 620S.01)
East Duke 204A, Tu 06:30 PM-09:00 PM
Contemporary Architecture (ARTHIST 286D.01D)
Carr 106, M 03:05 PM-03:55 PM
Contemporary Architecture (ARTHIST 286D.001)
East Duke 108, TuTh 03:05 PM-03:55 PM
Contemporary Architecture (ARTHIST 286D.02D)
Friedl Bdg 216, W 03:05 PM-03:55 PM
Models: Premodern to Posthuman (VMS 620S.01)
East Duke 204A, Tu 06:30 PM-09:00 PM