Professor, Art History (Early Medieval and Byzantine Art)
Department Assistant Chair for Art History
Peers earned his PhD in the History of Art from The Johns Hopkins University, and, while on leave in 2000–01, he earned a Licentiate in Medieval Studies from the Pontifical Institute of Mediaeval Studies in the University of Toronto.
His work, Subtle Bodies: Representing Angels in Byzantium (2001), was published by The University of California Press, and his examination of frames and framing in Byzantine art, Sacred Shock: Framing Visual Experience in Byzantium, was published by Penn State University Press in 2004. Current projects include art and identity amongst Christians of the medieval eastern Mediterranean, philhellenism in Renaissance France, and Byzantine manuscripts, like the eleventh-century Psalter, Vat. gr. 752 (with Barbara Crostini) and the extraordinarily diverse cultures of the pocket empire at Trebizond in the late Middle Ages.
An exhibition that Peers curated, Under Gods, work of the British photographer Liz Hingley at the Visual Arts Center took place in the fall of 2012. Byzantine Things in the World was held at the Menil Collection in the summer of 2013, and an edited volume by that same title was published to accompany it (published by the Menil and distributed by Yale UP).
During the 2007–08 academic year, Peers was a Member of the Institute for Advanced Study, Princeton, and during the 2011–12 academic year, Peers was a Whitehead Professor at the American School of Classical Studies at Athens. For the summer semester 2014, Peers had been a Senior Fellow at the Internationales Kolleg für Kulturtechnikforschung und Medienphilosophie, Bauhaus-Universität Weimar. For the 2015–16 academic year, he was chosen to be a member of a research team, “Poetics of Christian Performance,” gathered at the Israel Institute for Advanced Studies, Jerusalem.