Hala Auji is an Assistant Professor of Art History in AUB’s Department of Fine Arts and Art History (FAAH) where she teaches courses on Islamic art, architecture, and material culture. Hala is also currently teaching a graduate course on Issues in Global Art History as part of the department’s MA in Art History and Curating. She holds a Ph.D. in Islamic art history from Binghamton University (SUNY). Her research interests include 18th-20th century Islamic and Arab art and material culture, with a special focus on the intersections of printed matter with Islamic manuscripts, painting, and photography. She is currently exploring portraiture as it relates to scientific inquiry found in authors’ portraits, literary-scientific journals, and the image of the modern intellectual in Eastern Mediterranean Arab societies of the fin de siècle Ottoman world. Visit Hala’s website to learn more about her work.


Joseph Hammond is an Assistant Professor of Art History in AUB’s Department of Fine Arts and Art History where he teaches courses on Renaissance art. As part of the department’s graduate program, he also teaches a course on the historiography of exhibition and collecting practices. Joseph earned his PhD from the University of St Andrews, Scotland. His area of interest is the visual, material and religious culture of renaissance Venice. He is particularly interested in the function of art works, their use and re-use in different contexts, and the historiography and institutional history of the discipline of art history. Visit Joseph’s AUB faculty page to learn more about his research.


Rico Franses is an Associate Professor of Art History in AUB’s Department of Fine Arts and Art History  where he teaches courses on Medieval and Modern art. He is also currently the director of AUB’s Art Galleries, which hold numerous exhibitions of local and international art throughout the academic year. Rico completed his Ph.D in Byzantine art at the Courtauld Institute of Art (London). His diverse research interests include: the interrelations between Late Antique, Byzantine and Islamic art; monuments, memorials, and portraiture, especially in Byzantine and Renaissance art; and visual theory, especially psychoanalytic theory in its relation to the world of the visual. Visit Rico’s AUB faculty page to learn more about his work.