Joseph Williams

PhD in Art, Art History & Visual Studies '17
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In addition to serving as the Project Manager of the Kingdom of Sicily Image Database, Joseph Williams is an assistant professor of architectural history in the University of Maryland Architecture Program. Williams specializes in the architecture of medieval South Italy and the greater Mediterranean. His research concerns the economics of church building during the medieval trade boom, the pan-Mediterranean exchange of building techniques, and the role of construction process in medieval design. These themes are central to Williams’s forthcoming book Architecture of Disjuncture: Mediterranean Trade and Cathedral Building in a New Diocese (11th-13th Centuries CE). This monograph on the “Duomo Vecchio” (old cathedral) of Molfetta offers a method for studying buildings that, by necessity, adopted hybrid and changing designs. Williams incorporates a variety of digital technologies into his research and teaching, such as digital photogrammetry, parametric 3-D modeling, and GIS mapping.

Williams holds a Ph.D. in Art, Art History & Visual Studies from Duke University and was awarded a Rome Prize in Medieval Studies from the American Academy in Rome (September 2016 – July 2018).


Introduction to Art History


The Alife Arch

The Medieval Kingdom of Sicily Database

Publications & Presentations


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.


Williams, Joseph C. “Mediterranean Trade and Architectural Production: The Church of S. Corrado in Molfetta (Apulia) ca. 1100-1300 CE.” PhD dissertation, 2017.


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