Associate Professor Kriszta Kotsis is an art historian who teaches ancient and medieval art in the Department of Art and Art History and the Honors Program. She teaches specialized courses on Greek, Roman, Byzantine, Western Medieval, and Islamic art. Before joining the University of Puget Sound, she taught at the University of Washington and Pacific Lutheran University. Her research focuses on representations of women in the Late Antique and Byzantine periods, with special emphasis on images of empresses. She published her work in the Journal of Late Antiquity, Medieval Feminist Forum, Handbook of Medieval Culture: Fundamental Aspects and Conditions of the European Middle Ages, ed. Albrecht Classen, and Virtuous or Villainess? The Image of the Royal Mother from the Early Medieval to the Early Modern Eras, Eds. Carey Fleiner and Elena Woodacre (forthcoming). She is preparing further publications on representations of Byzantine empresses. Professor Kotsis is one of the organizers of the Visual Culture Colloquium of the Northwest Five Consortium.