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Art/Art History  

Dr. Joan R. Branham,

professor of art history,

associate dean of school of arts and sciences, 

and Fellowships Chair of Albright Institute 

of Archaeological Research, Jerusalem; 

Teaching at PC since 1995
  • Art History and Religion
  • Sacred Space in Art and Architecture
  • Ancient Judaism and Early Christianity
  • Jewish Art and Architecture
  • Early Christian Art and Architecture
  • The Jerusalem Temple
  • Sacrifice and Blood
  • Women and Religion
  • Theme Parks and Religion
Selected Courses Taught:  
  • Sacred Space in Judaism, Christianity, and Islam
  • The Art of Sacrifice: Judaism and Christianity

Dr. Paul Crenshaw,

associate professor of art history
and department chair;crenshawp.jpg

Teaching at PC since 2009


  • Renaissance and Baroque Art History
  • 17th-century Dutch art
  • Italian Renaissance Art
  • Rembrandt
  • Vermeer
  • Leonardo da Vinci
  • History of the art market, collecting and museums
Selected Courses Taught:
  • Italian Renaissance Art
  • Baroque Art
  • Art History Survey
  • Art History Methods
  • Rembrandt van Rijn


Dr. Deborah Johnson,
professor of art history;

Teaching at PC since 1988
  • International modern and contemporary art 
    and culture (20th/21st centuries)
  • Public art and policy
  • Holocaust and looted art work 
Selected Courses Taught:
  • Art since 1945





Dr. Thomas Strasser,  
professor of art history; Strasser.JPG

Teaching at PC since: 2005
  • Aegean Archaeology
  • Ancient sea-faring
  • Mediterranean archaeology
Selected Courses Taught:
  • Art History Survey
  • Principles of Research
  • Art of the Ancient Classical World
  • Art of the Homeric World
  • Introduction to Archaeological Method and Theory
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