Jacqui Geerdes

Jacqui Geerdes

Master of Arts in Liberal Studies
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Jacqui is a part-time Graduate Liberal Studies student and a full-time admissions officer at Duke Undergraduate Admissions. She is currently a team member on the Building Duke Bass Connections project, and she looks forward to contributing to the multimedia resources that tell the story of Duke’s architectural history. She received her BA in 2016 from Duke in political science with a minor in cultural anthropology.


Building Duke

Christine Liu

MA in Digital Art History/Computational Media

Christine Liu is a MA student in the Computational Media program. Her research and thesis work looks critically at digital media in Holocaust memory through recorded survival testimony. She is working on mapping and reconstructing the Kraków Ghetto to explore broader spatial questions of how spaces of confinement may be better understood through visualization. Liu received her BA from the University of California, Berkeley with Honors in History.


Mapping German Construction

Caroline Bruzelius

Co-PI, The Medieval Kingdom of Sicily Image Database | Director Emerita, Wired! Lab | Anne M. Cogan Professor Emerita of Art, Art History & Visual Studies
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Caroline Bruzelius works on architecture, sculpture, and urbanism in the Middle Ages. She has published on French Gothic architecture (for example, the abbey church of St.-Denis and Notre Dame in Paris) as well as on medieval architecture in Italy, in particular Naples in the 13th and 14th centuries (in both English and Italian editions). She recently published a book on Franciscan and Dominican architecture, Preaching, Building and Burying. Friars in the Medieval City (Yale U. Press, 2014). Bruzelius has also published numerous articles on the architecture of medieval nuns and architectural enclosure, an area in which she did pioneering work.

Her 1991 catalogue of the Brummer Collection of Medieval Sculpture at Duke, is now being revisited as a series of interactive display installations being developed in collaboration with Mark Olson. She has been awarded numerous grants and prizes, including grants from the Guggenheim Foundation, the National Endowment for the Humanities, the Max-Planck Institute (Hertziana Library), and the Fulbright Association. She is former Director of the American Academy in Rome, a Fellow of the American Academy of Arts and Sciences, and at the Medieval Academy. Bruzelius is co-Director of a database on images of the monuments in medieval Kingdom of Naples, and is working on two new studies: a book called “The Cathedral and the City,” and a general study of architecture in the Medieval Kingdom of Sicily.

Recently, Bruzelius was featured in an open online course, A voice of their own: Women’s Spirituality in the Middle Ages, part of the research project Paisajes Espirituales funded by the ERC:





Gothic Cathedrals

Introduction to Art History

The Mendicant Revolution

The Museum Inside Out 



Alife Arch App


The Medieval Kingdom of Sicily Database

The Lives of Things

Sta. Chiara Choir Screen

Visualizing Venice

Publications & Presentations

Books & Book Chapters

Bruzelius, Caroline. Preaching, Building and Burying: Friars and the Medieval City. London: Yale University Press, 2014.

Bruzelius, Caroline. “Visualizing Venice: An International Collaboration.” In Lo spazio narrabile. Scritti di storia inonore di Donatella Calabi, edited by Rosa Tamborrino and Guido Zucconi, 155-160. Venice: Quodlibet, 2014.


Bruzelius, Caroline. “Teaching with Visualization Technologies: How Does Information Become Knowledge.” Material Religion 9 (2013): 246-253.

Bruzelius, Caroline. “Digital Technologies and New Evidence in Architectural History.” Journal of the Society of Architectural Historians 76, no. 4 (2017): 436-439.

Bruzelius, Caroline and Paola Vitolo. “Recovering the Architectural Patrimony of South Italy: The Medieval Kingdom of Sicily Image Database.” In Archeologia e Calcolatori Supplemento 10 (2018): 15-28.

Bruzelius, Caroline et al. “L’eco delle pietre: History, Modeling, and GPR as Tools in Reconstructing the Choir Screen at Sta. Chiara in Naples.” In Archeologia e Calcolatori Supplemento 10 (2018): 81-103.

Bruzelius, Caroline and Paola Vitolo. “The Medieval Kingdom of Sicily Image Database.” Visual Resources (2019) DOI: doi.org/10.1080/01973762.2019.1558994


Medieval Kingdom of Sicily: A Database of Monuments and Sites. Project Director: Caroline Bruzelius; Project Managers: Paola Vitolo and Joseph C. Williams; Project Collaborators: Gabriella Cianciolo, Francesco Gangemi, Luciana Mocciola, Ruggero Longo, Alba Irollo; Metadata and Image Management Consultant: John J. Taormina; Technical Consultant and Database/Web Developer: David Tremmel.


Baltes, Elizabeth P., Caroline Bruzelius, Hannah L. Jacobs, and Timothy Shea. “Digital Thinking and Art History: Re-Imagining Teaching, Research, and the Museum.” Intermezzo Speaking Series, Art, Art History & Visual Studies. Duke University, Durham, NC. September 29, 2015.

Bruzelius, Caroline. “Revolutionizing Teaching with Technology,” Clark University, Worcester, MA. April 2010.

Bruzelius, Caroline. “What Can Digital Technologies Do for the Humanities?” Annual meeting of Art Libraries Society/Southeast. Duke University, Durham, NC. 2011.

Bruzelius, Caroline. “Teconologia e l’insegnamento,” Ca’Foscari University, Venice, Italy. October 2011.

Bruzelius, Caroline. “What Does Technology have to do with the Humanities?” Massachusetts Institute of Technology, Cambridge, MA. 2011.

Bruzelius, Caroline. “What Does Technology have to do with the Humanities?” St. Louis University, St. Louis, MO. 2012.

Bruzelius, Caroline. “TEDx Talk” on Technology and Teaching. 2012

Bruzelius, Caroline. “Teaching with Technology,” University of Vermont, Burlington, VT. January 2012.

Bruzelius, Caroline. “Visualizing Venice,” Digital Art History Symposium. National Gallery of Art, Washington, DC. November 2014.

Bruzelius, Caroline. “Tecnologia visuale e la Storia dell’Arte,” La Sapienza, Rome, Italy. April 2014.

Bruzelius, Caroline. “Digital Urban History: la storia della città tra ricerca e musei.” University of Turin, Turin, Italy. February 2-4, 2015.

Bruzelius, Caroline. “Apps, Maps, and Models –The Digital Revolution and History,” Iowa State University, Ames, Iowa. March 27, 2017.

Bruzelius, Caroline. “Transforming Art History in the Digital Revolution.” Digital Art History Research Group. The Courtault Institute of Art, London, UK. June 12, 2017.

Bruzelius, Caroline. “Visualizing Venice: The Story of a City Through Maps and Models,” Save Venice Boston, Boston, MA. February 6, 2018.

Bruzelius, Caroline and Rachael Brady. “Digital Technology and the Humanities.” Mount Holyoke College and University of Massachusetts, Amherst, MA. 2012.

Bruzelius, Caroline, William Broom, and John Taormina. “The Medieval Kingdom of Sicily Image Database Project: From Conceptual Design to Management,” Digital Matters in Medieval and Renaissance Studies, Duke University, Durham, NC, April 6-7, 2018.

Bruzelius, Caroline, and Hannah L. Jacobs. “Wired! Full Immersion: Neatline and the Digital Syllabus.” Media Arts + Sciences Rendezvous. Duke University, Durham, NC. March 19, 2015.

Bruzelius, Caroline, and Hannah L. Jacobs. “Demonstration: Using a Neatline Syllabus in the Introductory Art History Survey. Art Historians Interested in Pedagogy and Technology: “A Signature Pedagogy for Art History in the Twenty-First Century.” College Art Association Annual Conference, Washington, D.C. February 3, 2016.

Bruzelius, Caroline, Mark J.V. Olson, Donatella Calabi, Andrea Giordano, Victoria E. Szabo. “Visualizing Venice.” Florentia Illustrata. Digital Mapping and Techniques of Visualizing the Pre-modern Italian City. Kunsthistorisches Institut in Florenz – Max-Planck-Institut. Florence, Italy. June 17, 2013.

Bruzelius, Caroline and Victoria E. Szabo. “The Lives of Places and Cities: New models of representation and their conceptual implications for the past and present.” Seminario Internazionale: Promosso dagli insegnamenti: Storia dell’architettura e Disegno edile. Università degli Studi di Padova. Padua, Italy. June 9, 11, and 16, 2014.

Olson, Mark J.V. and Caroline Bruzelius. “Learning by Making: Digital Methods and the Wired! Experiment at Duke University.” Invited Public Lecture. Inaugural Lecture, Wesleyan Digital and Computational Knowledge Initiative, Wesleyan University. March 6, 2013.


News & Events

Bruzelius to speak at Save Venice Boston

Caroline Bruzelius Elected to the American Philosophical Society

Caroline Bruzelius Receives Dean’s Award for Leadership

The Cathedral in the DiVE: Animating Medieval Architecture

The Lives Of Things Color Projection Exhibit Unveiled at the Nasher

LIVESTREAM: Prof. Bruzelius at National Gallery of Art

MA+S Rendezvous: Wired! Full Immersion: Neatline and the Digital Syllabus

Monastic Architecture & The City

Renaissance Society of America 2014

Sta. Chiara Team in Barcelona

Talking About Teaching in New (Digital) Times

Transforming Art History in the Digital Revolution

Visualizing Venice: The City and the Lagoon

Wired! at CAA 2016

Wired! Goes Down Under

Nathan Bullock

PhD student in Architectural History, Certificate in Feminist Theory

Nathan Bullock is an architectural historian working on modern and contemporary architectural theory and criticism. His fields of interest intersect architecture with politics and culture.


Building Duke

Andrea Basso

Visiting Student, Building Engineering & Architecture, University of Padua

Andrea Basso is currently studying Building Engineering and Architecture at the University of Padua. In these years he has learned how new multimedia tools can be implemented in the field of Architecture and Engineering, and how they can improve both the visualization and the construction process of the buildings. He is currently working on the church of S. Chiara in Naples with Caroline Bruzelius, Lucas Giles, and his fellow student from Italy, Elisa Castagna, investigating the architecture of the past with the 3D visualization media. He is also developing the theme of display of architectural models through the study of UNITY software and of BIM models’ transfer into virtual reality environments such as the Duke Immersive Virtual Environment.


Sta. Chiara Choir Screen

Brad Blankemeyer

Visiting Scholar 2018-19

Bradley Blankemeyer is a fourth-year DPhil student in History at the University of Oxford researching early modern Portugal and its overseas empire. His doctoral thesis, entitled ‘”Multiplex est modus”: Elements of Accommodation in the Early Jesuit Missions to India, 1545-1575’, deals with mission methodologies of the earliest Jesuits in southwest India and the effects of various religious and secular factors on their distinct objectives and priorities. Relying predominantly on the correspondence of these individuals, Bradley came to the Wired! Lab to develop a digital project mapping the vast network of Jesuit letters across locations throughout the Indian Ocean and southern Europe. He is also currently collaborating with Ed Triplett and Philip Stern on a project modelling English and Portuguese dominions in the Indian Ocean during the 17th century.

Gaby Bloom

Wired! Fellow
Class of 2018 | Major in Art History

Gaby Bloom is a senior Art History major. She is currently working on Paris of Waters, creating a database for past and present fountains in Paris. Her sophomore year, she also worked on the Venice Interactive Visual Atlas project, studying prominent Venetian collectors and mapping the provenance of these collector’s paintings using Neatline. She has thoroughly enjoyed working in the Wired! Lab the past two years, being surrounded by like-minded individuals with the same passion for art.


Paris of Waters

Venice Interactive Visual Atlas

Tolly Boatwright

Professor of Ancient Studies, Department of Classical Studies
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Irreversibly influenced by studying in Rome during my twenties, I center much of my research on ancient Roman topography and on how Rome’s built and created environment intersected with social, political and cultural history.  Recurrent interests are the roles and visibility of Roman women, both at the top of Rome’s hierarchies (as in my current project on Rome’s imperial women), and much lower down (as with “Children and Parents on the Tombstones of Pannonia,” in The Roman Family IV; and 2011’s “Women and Gender in the Forum Romanum”).  I have used the multifaceted and fascinating emperor Hadrian as a way to address larger issues in Roman history, publishing Hadrian and the City of Rome (1987) and Hadrian and the Cities of the Roman Empire (2000).  Maps and visual material culture are key to other research, from Peoples of the Roman World (2013) to my recent “Visualizing Empire in Imperial Rome,” on Agrippa’s Map and its environs in Rome.


Roman Frontiers

Paolo Borin

PhD student, Università IUAV di Venezia

Paolo Borin is a PhD student at the Università IUAV di Venezia. His thesis explores the science and stereotomy of Guarino Guarini through digital and computational modeling techniques. Borin graduated with a degree in Architectural Engineering from University of Padua in 2011 with honors. His thesis analyzes how prefabrication and BIM could lead to low cost and high quality buildings. From 2011 he has been exploring theory and practise of Building Information Modeling and applying it to enhance the building process. Within Visualizing Venice, he’s studying how to merge information and digital modeling to set up an effective knowledge base for Digital Humanities.



Visualizing Venice

William Broom

Project Manager, The Medieval Kingdom of Sicily Image Database

William Broom is an independent research assistant and project coordinator for the Medieval Kingdom of Sicily Image Database, with extensive  experience in creating FileMaker Pro databases and the development of image cataloging and visualization projects. For many years he also served as visual resources curator and IT analyst in the Department of Art, Art History & Visual Studies. As associate slide curator during the mid-1980s he implemented the first computerized image cataloging system in the visual resources unit. In the early 1990s Bill created Duke’s first digital image-study resource which deployed stand-alone computer clusters in two university libraries for students’ out-of-class study of art history images.

Bill received his undergraduate and master’s degrees in vocal music. He pursued doctoral studies in musicology at the University of Louisville with a secondary concentration in art history, and speaks and/or reads Italian, French, Spanish and German with varying fluency. In his current affiliate appointment with the Kingdom of Sicily image project he supervises student and affiliate catalogers, reviews data entries, helps track tasking and implementation issues, and serves as a technical liaison between the project’s directors and its chief database and web developer.


The Medieval Kingdom of Sicily Image Database

Publications & Presentations

Bruzelius, Caroline, William Broom, and John Taormina. “The Medieval Kingdom of Sicily Image Database Project: From Conceptual Design to Management,” Digital Matters in Medieval and Renaissance Studies, Duke University, Durham, NC, April 6-7, 2018.