Eva R. Hoffman teaches courses including Islamic Art, the Art of the Medieval Mediterranean World, Iconoclasm and Iconophobia, Orientalism, and Art and Exchange across Cultures. For many years she served as the faculty coordinator of the two-semester introductory survey course of Art History, Art, Ritual and Culture, and Art, Politics and Culture. She also served as Director of Undergraduate Studies in Art History (2000-2010). She is a founding member of the Program of Middle Eastern Studies and served as Director of Middle Eastern Studies (2007-2010).

She has written and lectured on portable objects, Christian-Islamic exchange, painting in Islamic Art and the early-illustrated Arabic book. Her current research focuses on visual and cultural exchange of the Mediterranean. She edited the anthology, Late Antique and Medieval Art of the Mediterranean World, Blackwell Press, 2007. She is currently writing a book on the circulation of art and culture of the medieval Mediterranean, that explores the complex visual formations and intersections that took place across religious and political boundaries of the Mediterranean in European, Islamic, and Byzantine realms. During the spring term 2020, she will be in residence at the Getty Research Institute as a Getty Museum Scholar, to complete her book.

She is a past president of the Historians of Islamic Art Association and she served as a member of the Board of Directors of both the Historians of Islamic Art Association and the International Center of Medieval Art.


  • PhD, Harvard University
  • MA, Harvard University
  • BA, Brooklyn College, CUNY


Islamic art and architecture, the illustrated Arabic book, medieval Art of the Mediterranean, The portable arts.

Selected Publications and Presentations

  • "Transculturation in the Eastern Mediterranean", co-authored with Scott Redford, Companion to Islamic Art, ed. Finbarr B. Flood and Gulru Necipoglu, Wiley-Blackwell Press, 2017, 405-430.
  • "Translating Image and Text in the Medieval Mediterranean World between the Tenth and Thirteenth Centuries" Medieval Encounters 18 (2012): 584-623.
  • "Translation in Ivory: Interactions Across Cultures and Media in the Mediterranean during the Twelfth and Thirteenth Centuries" Siculo-Arabic Ivories, ed. David Knipp, Hirmer Verlag, 2011, 99-122.
  • "Between East and West: The Wall Paintings of Samarra and The Construction of Abbasid Princely Culture," Muqarnas, 25 (2008): 107-132.
  • "Christian-Islamic Encounters on Thirteenth-Century Ayyubid Metalwork: Local Culture, Authenticity and Memory," Gesta XLIII/2 (2004): 129-42.
  • "Pathways of Portability: Islamic and Christian interchange from the tenth through the twelfth century," Art History 24 no. 1 (2001): 17-50.
  • "The Beginnings of the Illustrated Arabic Book: An Intersection between Art and Scholarship," Muqarnas 17 (2000): 37-52.
  • "The Author Portrait in Thirteenth-Century Arabic Manuscripts: A New Islamic Context for a Late-Antique Tradition," Muqarnas, 10 (1993): 6-20.