Christina Maranci

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Christina Maranci (born 1968) is an American researcher, writer, translator, historian, and Professor at Tufts University. She is considered an expert on the history and development of Armenian architecture.[1][2][3] She is featured in the Encyclopedia of Prominent Armenian Women edited by Zori Balayan.[4][5]


Of Armenian descent, Maranci's father was born in Istanbul, Turkey. Maranci herself was born in 1968 in the United States. Maranci attained her Bachelors of Art degree in Art History at the Vassar College in 1990. She continued her education and received a Masters Degree at the Princeton University in the Art and Archeology department.[5] She received her Ph.D. at Princeton University in the Art and Archeology department with her dissertation, Medieval Armenian Architecture in Historiography: Josef Strzygowski and his Legacy.[6] She was an Assistant Professor at the University of Wisconsin–Milwaukee from 2001 to 2004, and an Associate Professor there through 2008. She is currently a professor of the Department of Art and Art History at the Tufts University. She teaches many courses in Byzantine and Armenian architecture such as Byzantine Art and Architecture, Introduction to the Arts of Armenia, and The Art of War: Building Churches in Early Medieval Armenia.[5]

Notable fellowship and awards[edit]

  • Calouste Gulbenkian Foundation Fellowship (1995-7)[7]
  • Mellon Dissertation Research Fellowship, Princeton University (1997-8)[7]
  • University of Madison, Wisconsin - Graduate School Research Award Fellowship (2006)[citation needed]
  • University of Madison, Wisconsin - Center for 21st-Century Studies Research Fellowship (2007-8)[citation needed]
  • Tufts University - Faculty and Research Award (2010)[citation needed]


Maranci's research is mainly on medieval Armenian history and the relationship with the Sasanian, Byzantine, and Islamic empires.[8] She also focuses on the problems found in modern historigraphy.[8] Maranci's book Medieval Armenian Architecture: Constructions of Race and Nation, highlights art historian Josef Strzygowski and his important contributions and influence in the studies of Armenian architecture.[8] Her recent works focus on the Byzantine influence into Armenian art and architecture.[8] She has published A Survival Guide for Art History Students which provides Art History students with helpful assistance and information to help them when taking Art History courses.[9] The languages Christina Maranci researches in include Italian, English, German, French, Armenian (Classical Armenian and Modern Armenian) and Greek.[5]

Maranci is also deemed as one of the world's experts and authorities on the Cathedral of Mren, an Armenian cathedral in Turkey that is on the verge of collapse.[2][10]


  • Medieval Armenian Architecture: Constructions of Race and Nation (2001)
  • A Survival Guide for Art History Students (2004)


  1. ^ "Christina Maranci" (in Spanish). Genocidio Armenio. Retrieved 22 February 2013. 
  2. ^ a b "U.S. prof. calls to save Mren Cathedral of Western Armenia". PanArmenian. February 23, 2013. Retrieved 25 February 2013. "Prof. Maranci’s areas of expertise include Byzantine art and architecture, and the art and architecture of the Transcaucasus - principally Armenia." 
  3. ^ "Turkey restores Armenian church to show goodwill". The International Herald Tribune. March 23, 2007. Retrieved 22 February 2013. "Christina Maranci, an expert on medieval Armenian architecture at the University of Wisconsin in Milwaukee" 
  4. ^ Balayan, Zori (2011). Hayuhiner: Hanragitaran erku hatorov (in Armenian). Yerevan: Amaras. "Title translated from Armenian: "Encyclopedia of Prominent Armenian Women"" 
  5. ^ a b c d "CHRISTINA MARANCI". Department of Art History. Tufts University. Retrieved 20 February 2013. 
  6. ^ ""Rock, Paper, Scissors: The Excavation and Reconstruction of Zvartnots" A Talk by Dr. Christina Maranci, Arthur H. Dadian and Ara Oztemel Chair of Armenian Art and Architecture at Tufts University.". Armenian Library and Museum of America. Retrieved 22 February 2013. 
  7. ^ a b "Medieval Armenian Architecture Constructions of Race and Nation". Peeters Publishers. Retrieved 5 March 2013. 
  8. ^ a b c d Hovannisian, ed. by Richard G. (2004). Armenian Sebastia/Sivas and Lesser Armenia. Costa Mesa, Calif.: Mazda Publ. ISBN 1568591527. 
  9. ^ Maranci, Christina (2005). A survival guide for art history students. Upper Saddle River, NJ: Pearson/Prentice Hall. ISBN 0131401971. 
  10. ^ "A Cathedral on the Verge of Collapse: The Campaign to Save Mren". Massis. Retrieved 22 February 2013.