• Kostis Kourelis
Associate Professor of Art History, Chair of Art and Art History



Office: HUE36


Franklin and Marshall College, Assistant Professor, 2009-present

Connecticut College, Visiting Assistant Professor, 2008-2009

Clemson University, Assistant Professor, 2003-2008

Swarthmore College, Visiting Assistant Professor, 2002-2003


Ph.D. Art and Archaeology of the Mediterreanean World, University of Pennsylvania

M.Arch. School of Design, University of Pennsylvania

B.A. Philosophy, Design of the Environment, University of Pennsylvania

Licentiate in Medieval Studies, University of Toronto


Architectural History, Archaeology, Classical Studies, Byzantine Studies, Urbanism, Architectural Theory, Historic Preservation, Modern Greek Studies

Grants & Awards

George H. Forsyth, Jr. Memorial Lecturer, Archaeological Institute of America, 2007-2008

Stanley J. Seeger Visiting Fellow, Program in Hellenic Studies, Princeton University, 2007

Mellon Post-Doctoral Fellow, Pontifical Institute of Mediaeval Studies, Toronto, 2004-2005

Summer Grant, National Endowment of the Humanities, 2004


“Byzantine Houses and Modern Fictions: Domesticating Mystras in 1930s Greece,” Dumbarton Oaks Papers 65 & 66 (2011–2012), pp. 297-331.

“Zaraka Surrounded: The Archaeology of Settlements in the Peloponnesian Countryside,” in The Cistercian Monastery of Zaraka, Greece, ed. Sheila Campbell (Toronto: Pontifical Institute of Mediaeval Studies), forthcoming.

“The Immigrant Liturgy: Greek Orthodox Worship and Architecture in America,” with Vasileios Marinis, in Liturgy in Migration: Cultural Contexts from the Upper Room to Cyberspace, ed. Teresa Berger (Collegeville, Minn.: The Liturgical Press, 2012), pp. 155-175.

Colors of Greece: The Art and Archaeology of Georg von Peschke (Lancaster: Phillips Museum, 2012), exhibition catalog.

“Splitting Architectural Time: Gómez + González Holmesburg Prison Project,” in Doing Time/Depth of Surface: Patricia Gómez and María Jesús González (Philadelphia: Philagrafika, 2011), essay in exhibition catalog.

“In the Comfort of Perpetual Abandonment,” in The Abandoned Countryside: (Re)Settlement in the Archaeological Narrative of Post-Classical Greece, special issue, The International Journal of Historical Archaeology 14:2 (June 2010), ed. Kostis Kourelis and William R. Caraher.

“From Greek Revival to Greek America: Archaeology and Transformation in Saint George Orthodox Cathedral of Philadelphia,” New Griffon 10 (2008), pp. 28-36.

“The Archaeology of Xenitia: Greek-American Material Culture, 1873-1924,” in Archaeology and History in Roman, Medieval and Post-Medieval Greece: Studies on Method and Meaning in Honor of Timothy E. Gregory, ed. Linda J. Hall, William R. Caraher, and R. Scott Moore (Aldershot, 2008), pp. 411-453.

“Byzantium and the Avant-Garde: Excavations at Corinth, 1920s-1930s,” Hesperia 76 (2007), pp. 391-442.

“Urban Legend: Architecture in Lord of the Rings,” with Steven Woodward, in From Hobbits to Hollywood: Essays on Peter Jackson's Lord of the Rings, ed. Murray Pomerance and Ernest Mathijs (Amsterdam, 2006), pp. 189-214.

“The Rural House in the Medieval Peloponnese: An Archaeological Reassessment of Byzantine Domestic Architecture,” in Archaeology in Architecture: Studies in Honor of Cecil L. Striker, ed. Judson J. Emerick and Deborah Deliyannis (Mainz, 2005), pp. 119-129.

“Early Travelers in the Peloponnese and the Invention of Medieval Architectural History,” in The Architecture of Tourism: Perceptions, Performance and Space, ed. D. Medina Lasansky and Brian McLaren (Oxford, 2004), pp. 37-52

Houses of the Morea: Vernacular Architecture of the Northwest Peloponnesos (1205-1955), with Frederick A. Cooper, Helen B. Foster, Mary Coulton, and Joseph D. Alchermes (Athens, 2002).


“The Membrology of Home: Notes from the Archaeological Underground,” keynote speaker and respondent, “Home: Departure and Destination,” Bryn Mawr College, Ninth Biennial Graduate Group Symposium, Oct. 4, 2013

“Soft Walls: Byzantium’s Other Architecture,” Art and Archaeology of the Mediterranean World Graduate Group, Archaeology Lunch Series, University of Pennsylvania, Sept. 28, 2012.

“‘This Will Kill That’: The Mason and Our Crisis of Representation,” Masons at Work: Architecture and Construction in the Premodern World, University of Pennsylvania, Philadelphia, Pa., April 1, 2012.

“Byzantine Archaeologies: Archaeology and the Academy: Comments,” in Conversations on Byzantine Archaeology in North America II: The Role of the American Overseas Research Center,” Dumbarton Oaks, Washington, D.C., January 14, 2012.

"Byzantine Urbanism in the Peloponnesos: Revising Old Narratives from the Field,” New Discoveries in the Archaeology of the Byzantine City, Queens College, N.Y.,2010

 “Byzantine Archaeology as Critical Practice,” Byzantine Archaeology in North America: Conversations in Archaeology, Dumbarton Oaks, Washington, D.C., 2010

“The Sacred Grip: Landscape, Art and Architecture in Mount Menoikeion (19th-20th Centuries),” with Nikolas Bakirtzis and Matthew Milliner, 21st Modern Greek Studies Association Symposium, Vancouver, Canada, 2009

“Deflating Mystras: Grounding House and Settlement,” Dumbarton Oaks Spring Symposium, Washington, D.C., 2009

“Beyond the Text: Archaeological Narratives from the Peloponnesian Countryside,” Between Crusaders and Byzantines: The Medieval Morea (13th – 15th Centuries), Princeton University, 2007

“The Discovery of Byzantine Corinth,” New Discoveries from Old Excavations, Radcliffe Institute for Advanced Studies, 2007

“Byzantium and Modernity,” George H. Forsyth, Jr. Memorial Lecture Tour,, Archaeological Institute of America, Athens, Ga., Asheville, N.C., Springfield, Oh., Cleveland, Oh., Philadelphia, Penn., Ann Arbor, Mich., 2007-2008

“Medieval Art in a Productive Context,” Stanford University, 2005

“Sacred Topography and the Byzantine Village,” 31st Annual Byzantine Studies Conference, Athens, Ga., 2005

“Reading the Landscape: History vs. Science,” Pontifical Institute of Mediaeval Studies, Toronto, 2005

“Fabrics and Rubble Walls: The Archaeology of Danielis’ Gifts,” 30th Annual Byzantine Studies Conference, Baltimore, 2004

“The Archaeology of Byzantine Greece and Sicily,” Archaeological Institute of America, University of North Carolina Asheville, 2004

“From East to West – From High to Low: The Archaeology of the Frankish Peloponnese,” Pontifical Institute of Mediaeval Studies, Toronto, 2004

“Beyond Palaeochora: Locating the Byzantine Period on Aegina,” 105th Annual Meeting of the Archaeological Institute of America, San Francisco, January 6, 2004

“The Byzantine House: Evidence from Rural Greece,” 104th Annual Meeting of the Archaeological Institute of America, New Orleans, January 5, 2003

Student Collaborations

"Old Glass in New Light: The Stained Glass Windows of the Lancaster Theological Seminary,” co-authored artice with Monica Giacomucci '12, The Journal of the Lancaster County Historical Society (forthcoming)

"The Archaeology of the Greek House," Joel Neiman '15, Hackman Fellowship 2014

"The Hills Have Eyes: From Polytheism to Monotheism in Central Greece,” Joanna Radov '16, Independent Study and Summer Travel Award 2014 

"Suburban Modern: Commodities of Food and Play in a 1950s Lancaster Home," Independent Study, Central Pennsylvania Intercollegiate Art History Symposium 2014

"Hospital Architecture in Lancaster, Pennsylvania: A Case Study of Evolution of the Ambulance Bay," Melissa Band '14, Eli Schneck '14, Independent Study, Closer Look Research Fair 2014

"Byzantine and Bloomsbury," Judith Stapleton '12, Independent Study, Autumn Research Fair 2011

"Islamic Philadelphia: The Benson and Voorhees Mausolea of Laurel Hill Cemetery," Caitlyn Frank '11, Independent Study, Closer Look Research Fair 2011.

"Georg von Peshcke: Art into Archaeology," Bonnie Halloran '11, Hackman Fellowship 2010, Closer Look Research Fair 2011, exhibition at Phillips Museum and Bryn Mawr College 2012.

Course Information

ART 121: Introdurction to Architecture I: Prehistoric to Medieval

ART 123: Introduction to Architecture II: Renaissance to Contemporary

ART 211: Islamic Art and Architecture

ART 219: Medieval Art and Architecture

ART 277: Lancaster Architecture

ART 364: Greece: The Art of Archaeology, with John Holgren, Summer Program

ART 375: The 1930s: Building American Modernity

ART 461: House, Home, Hood: Methods in Art History