James A. Rodriguez earned his MA, MPhil, and Ph.D. in the History of Art at Yale University. He specializes in art of the Middle Ages, focusing on and investigating primarily connections between Byzantine icons and liturgical services, as well as the role of lay Christians in the former topics’ respective developments. His dissertation offered the first working history by a scholar of the “bilateral icon,” a term that refers to a single wooden panel with sacred images painted on each of its prominent sides. In addition to a monograph that charts the bilateral icon’s development between 1100 and 1500, James is preparing several articles on various aspects of the bilateral icon, as well an article on women artists in the Middle Ages.
James was raised in Texas where he attended the University of Texas at Dallas (BA, summa cum laude, 2005) and the University of Texas at Austin (MA, 2007). Prior to joining the RMCAD community, James held teaching appointments at the University of Texas at Dallas, DePauw University, North Lake College, and East Tennessee State University. He has taught broadly across the disciplines of History and Art History, offering courses in Crusades and Crusades historiography, Byzantine art and architecture, Medieval Art (ca. 300-1250), art in the age of medieval Crusades (ca. 1095-1291), art and pilgrimage, Modern Art (ca. 1785-1950) and introductory surveys in Art History.