Rachel Danford specializes in the art and architecture of Late Antiquity and the early Middle Ages, with research interests in materials and media theory, monumental systems of decoration, the reception of classical antiquity in the Middle Ages, and medieval theories of creativity and innovation. She earned her Ph.D. in the History of Art from Johns Hopkins University (2016) and holds a B.A. in art history, with a minor in archaeology, from Stanford University (2008). From 2014-2016, Danford was a predoctoral Samuel H. Kress Institutional Fellow at the Zentralinstitut für Kunstgeschichte in Munich, Germany. In 2017, she joined the faculty in Marshall’s School of Art and Design, where she teaches introductory courses to the visual arts (both online and face-to-face), the art history surveys, and special topics courses on ancient and medieval art.