Shelley Roff, Ph.D.

Associate Professor

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Dr. Shelley Roff teaches the architecture and urbanism of the Medieval Mediterranean: Christian and Jewish practices in western Europe, the Byzantine Empire, and Islamic kingdoms. Her courses impart a visual and intellectual journey into the politics, economics, and technology of making the built environment. She is the 2009 recipient of the President’s Distinguished Achievement Award in Core Curriculum Teaching. Her other research and teaching interests include medieval and modern Spain and the history of women in architecture and construction.

Dr. Roff is the recipient of numerous grants and fellowships, including the Fulbright Foundation, NEH, and the Samuel H. Kress foundation. Her research and scholarship focuses on civic architecture and the role it plays in the urban economy. Her forthcoming book is entitled, Treasure of the City: Public Construction in Late Medieval Barcelona, for which she was recently awarded a research grant from the Program for Cultural Cooperation between Spain and U.S. Universities. Her investigation of the historical development of Barcelona includes a virtual reconstruction of the medieval city. She currently teaches and publishes on the application of visualization and modeling techniques for the preservation of cultural heritage sites. Dr. Roff also writes on pre-modern women working in the construction trades in Europe. She has published a book chapter entitled, “'Appropriate to Her Sex?' Women's Participation on the Construction Site in Late Medieval and Early Modern Europe" in Women and Wealth in Medieval Europe (Palgrave McMillan, 2010), and has a forthcoming journal article on women in medieval Spain in the Journal of Medieval History.

Dr. Roff received her Ph.D. in the History of Art and Architecture from Brown University in 2002. Prior to obtaining her doctorate, she practiced architecture in Boston and San Francisco. She has a B.E.D. from Texas A&M University and an M.Arch from the University of California at Berkeley.


Shelley Roff, Ph.D.