Elizabeth Kassler-Taub

Visiting Assistant Professor


Mather House 305

Other Information

Degree: PhD

Education: PhD, Harvard University, AM, Harvard University, AB, Princeton University

Specialty: Art History

Expertise: Southern Renaissance and Baroque architecture

Elizabeth Kassler-Taub received a Ph.D. in the History of Art and Architecture from Harvard University with a specialization in early modern architectural history. Her dissertation, “At the Threshold of the Mediterranean: Architecture, Urbanism, and Identity in Early Modern Sicily” (May 2017) examined the architectural development of sixteenth-century Sicily under the aegis of the Spanish Habsburg crown, with a focus on the transformation of the Palermo into a viceregal capital.

Her teaching and research interests include: the interplay between sculpture, drawing, and architecture; artistic contact between Renaissance Europe and the Islamic world; Spanish art and architecture in southern Italy and the colonial Americas; cartography and the representation of cities; and early modern urban planning. Her current projects span subjects from landscape intervention and military architecture in the early modern Mediterranean to the relationship between word and image in Renaissance drawing.


Before coming to CWRU, Dr. Kassler-Taub was a Lecturer in the Department of Art History at Dartmouth College (2016-17) and Adjunct Faculty in the College of Art and Design at Lesley University (2017). From 2013 to 2016, she was Project Coordinator for “From Riverbed to Seashore: Art on the Move in Eastern Europe and the Mediterranean in the Early Modern Period,” a Connecting Art Histories Initiative sponsored by the Getty Foundation. She was previously a Research Associate in the Gabinetto dei Disegni e delle Stampe of the Galleria degli Uffizi in Florence.