Jessica Maier’s research focuses on early modern city imagery: a category in which architectural, artistic and technological concerns converge. She is particularly interested in depictions of Rome as a lens onto changing perceptions of the city, approaches to antiquity and core issues of representation.
Maier is the recipient of a Rome Prize Fellowship from the American Academy in Rome, as well as research support from Columbia University, the Newberry Library and other organizations. Her publications have appeared in The Art Bulletin, Renaissance Quarterly, Eighteenth-Century Studies, Memoirs of the American Academy in Rome, Imago Mundi and several edited volumes. Her book, “Rome Measured and Imagined: Early Modern Maps of the Eternal City,” was published by the University of Chicago Press in 2015.
Maier previously taught at the University of Oregon and Tulane University. She has also offered courses in the U.S. and in Italy for Columbia University, Dartmouth College and Louisiana State University. At Mount Holyoke, Maier teaches European Renaissance and Baroque art and architecture with an eye to global interactions, as well as to traditionally overlooked categories of imagery like prints, illustrated books, and maps.