Dr. Jennifer Ball is Associate Professor of Art History at Brooklyn College, CUNY. Her interests are in portrait representation, with special attention to dress. Much of her research also concerns textiles, and other material culture, as it moved around the Mediterranean, in the Byzantine, Islamic and Western medieval worlds. She is a frequent lecturer at the Metropolitan Museum of Art and has held fellowships at The Metropolitan Museum of Art and Princeton University’s Program in Hellenic Studies. In 2007, she received the Mrs. Giles Whiting Foundation Fellowship for Outstanding Teaching in the Humanities at Brooklyn College. Her current project takes up monastic representation.