Dr. Rossitza Schroeder
Associate Professor of Arts and Religion
Deputy Accreditation Liaison Officer 
510/849-8277 | rschroeder@psr.edu

Dr. Rossitza Schroeder is a medievalist and teaches courses on the relationship between art and religion. She is currently working on a book about the interactions between Byzantine monastic practice and visual representations. She is also studying Gentile Bellini’s portrait of Mehmed II and the complex interactions between Byzantium, Venice, and the Ottomans.

Academic Credentials
BA, Sofia University, 1994
MA, Sofia University, 1995
MA, Southern Methodist University, 1999
PhD, University of Maryland, 2005

“Living Past: Milan Konjović’s ‘Byzantine Phase’.” In: Flat Horizon: The Art and Life of Milan Konjović. Ed. Anna Novakov (San Francisco: Fibonacci Academic Press, 2014).

“‘The Salvation of the Soul and the Road to Heaven’: A Fourteenth-Century Interpretation of John Klimakos’ Heavenly Ladder.” In: The Afterlife of Forms: Festschrift in Honor of Annemarie Weyl Carr. Ed. Lynn Jones (Aldershot and Burlington: Ashgate, 2014).

“The Rhetoric of Violence and Healing in the Church of Prophites Elias in Thessaloniki.” In: Miracles Revisited. Ed. Stefan Alkier and Annette Weissenreider (Berlin: De Gruyter, 2013), 273–90.

“Looking with Words and Images: Staging Monastic Contemplation in a Late Byzantine Church.” Word and Image 28 (2012), 117–34.

“Revelations in Relief: An Italo-Byzantine Panel with the Virgin and Child at the Walters Museum.” Journal of the Walters Art Museum 68–69 (2010–2011), 107–18.

“Transformative Narratives and Shifting Identities in the Narthex of the Boiana Church.” Dumbarton Oaks Papers 61 (2010), 103–28.

“Prayer and Penance in the South Bay of the Chora Esonarthex.” Gesta 48 (2009), 37–53.

“Healing the Body, Saving the Soul: Viewing Christ’s Healing Ministry in Byzantium.” In: Healing in Byzantium: Faith and Science. Ed. John T. Chirban (Boston: Holy Cross Orthodox Press, 2009), 251–77.

“Images of Christ Emmanuel in Karanlık Kilise.” Studies in Iconography 29 (2008), 23–54.

Twelve catalog entries in Lost Art Rediscovered. The Architectural Ceramics of Byzantium. Eds. Sharon E.J. Gerstel & Julie Laufenberger (University Park, PA: Penn State University Press, 2001), 185, 242, 254–58, 274–77, 301–2.