Jessica Streit

Associate Professor

Address: Albert Simons Center for the Arts, Room 304
Phone: 843.953.8285
Curriculum Vitae: Download

Jessica Streit is an Assistant Professor of Art and Architectural History at the College of Charleston, where she teaches courses on medieval and Islamic art and architecture.  Prof. Streit holds a Ph.D. in Medieval Studies from Cornell University, with the major field of Islamic Art, and a BA in Art History from the University of New Mexico.  She specializes in the art and architecture of medieval Spain and Morocco, and is more broadly interested in cultural exchange between Jews, Christians and Muslims in the medieval Mediterranean.  While her primary research agenda—forthcoming in several edited volumes—examines the politics and ornament of medieval and Islamic architecture in Spain and North Africa, she recently completed a smaller research project centered on Romanesque pilgrimage architecture in Le Puy-en-Velay, France. These broad interests informed Prof. Streit’s curatorial work, featured in an architectural exhibition entitled The City Luminous: Architectures of Hope in an Age of Fear (City Gallery at Waterfront Park, Charleston, SC, March 29 – May 5, 2019).


Ph.D., Medieval Studies. Cornell University, Ithaca, NY 

M.A., Medieval Studies. Cornell University, Ithaca, NY

B.F.A., Art History. University of New Mexico, Albuquerque, NM

Courses Taught

ARTH 101: History of Art: Prehistoric to Medieval

ARTH 255: Medieval Art

ARTH 231: Islamic Art and Architecture

ARTH 350: Early Christian and Byzantine Art

ARTH 355: Early Medieval and Romanesque Art

ARTH 360: Gothic Art


“Growing Almohad Aesthetics: The Mosque of Seville in Context.” InHis Pen and Ink are a Powerful Mirror: Andalusi and Other Near Eastern Studies in Honor of Ross Brann on His 70th Birthday. Edited by Adam Bursi, S.J. Pearce, and Hamza M. Zafer (Leiden: Brill, 2019).

“Pilgrimage and Liminality at the Cathedral of Notre-Dame, Le Puy-en-Velay, and the Saint Michael Chapel, Aiguilhe” Source: Notes in the History of Art. Forthcoming 2019.