Assistant Professor of Islamic Art and Architecture
Art History

Emily Neumeier

Emily Neumeier is a historian of Islamic art and architecture who studies the visual and spatial cultures of the eastern Mediterranean, with a focus on the Ottoman Empire. Her research and teaching cover a wide range of material to address issues of architecture and urbanism, cultural heritage and antiquarianism, Islamic calligraphy and the arts of the book, and transnational networks of mobility and exchange. She is currently preparing a book-length study that will present an alternative history of Ottoman architectural patronage from the borderlands of empire during the Age of Revolutions.

Her archival and field research has been supported by the Fulbright Program and the American Research Institute in Turkey. In 2018–2019, Neumeier was in residence at the Gennadius Library in Athens, Greece, as a Getty/American Council of Learned Societies Fellow in the History of Art. Before coming to Tyler, Neumeier taught at Ohio State University and was a Research Collaborator in the Max Planck Research Group "Objects in the Contact Zone: The Cross-Cultural Lives of Things" at the Kunsthistorisches Institut in Florence, Italy.

Neumeier aims to encourage her students to explore emerging technologies in their own research and engage in public scholarship. She is the executive producer of the Monument Biography podcast series, among other projects in new media.

PhD, University of Pennsylvania, 2016

MA, University of Pennsylvania, 2012

BA, Boston College, 2008


Selected Works

Neumeier, E. (2022). The Muybridge Albums in Istanbul: Photography as Diplomacy in the Ottoman Empire. In M. Graves and A. Seggerman (Eds.), Making Modernity: Art and Architecture in the Nineteenth-Century Islamic Mediterranean (pp. 94-113). Bloomington: Indiana University Press.

Neumeier, E. (2022). Mohamed Zakariya and Contemporary Islamic Art. In N. Micklewright (Ed.), Mohamed Zakariya: The Life and Times of a 21st century Calligrapher (pp. 85-94). Louisville, KY: Fons Vitae.

Neumeier, E. and Steiner, S. (2021). "A Church is Never Just a Church": Hagia Sophia and the Mutability of Monuments. Journal of the Ottoman and Turkish Studies Association 8(1), 215-221. 

Neumeier, E. (2021). Portrait of Ali Pasha: Cultural Mobility on the Periphery of Empire. In E. Troelenberg, K. Schankweiler, and A. Messner (Eds.), Reading Objects in the Contact Zone (pp. 172-178). Heidelberg: University of Heidelberg.

Neumeier, E. (2020). The Paintings of Osman Hamdi BeyKhamseen: Islamic Art History Online, University of Michigan. Online video.

Neumeier, E. (2020). Trans-imperial Encounter on the Ionian Sea: A French Engineer’s Account of Constructing Ottoman Fortifications. In S. Pradines (Ed.), Ports and Fortifications in the Muslim World: Coastal Military Architecture from the Arab Conquest to the Ottoman Period (pp. 217-236). Cairo: Institut français d’archéologie orientale.

Neumeier, E. (2019). Mediating Legacies of Empire in the Post-Imperial Museum. History and Anthropology 30(4), 406-420.

Neumeier, E. (2017). Spoils for the New Pyrrhus: Alternative Claims to Antiquity in Ottoman Greece. International Journal of Islamic Architecture 6(2), 311-338.