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Jennifer Borland

Professor of Art History, Oklahoma State University

Jennifer Borland is an art historian specializing in medieval art and architecture, and teaches courses in medieval European and Islamic art history as well as on gender in visual culture at OSU. She received her Ph.D. in Art History from Stanford University in 2006, and joined the OSU faculty in 2007. Borland’s research and teaching interests range from medieval medical and scientific imagery, to medievalism and collecting, materiality, the corporeal experience of objects and spaces, audience and reception, and representations of gender.

She is a founding member of the Material Collective, a collaborative group that seeks to expand the form of and avenues for academic work, in part through prioritizing creativity, adventurousness, and activism in art historical research and writing. For more on the MC, see“An Interview with the Material Collective,”Rutgers Art Review: The Graduate Journal of Research in Art History 33/34, Fall 2018.

Dr. Borland currently serves at the Director of the Humanities Initiative at OSU (previously the Digital Humanities Initiative). She has served in a variety of other positions while at OSU, including as Interim Department Head, Associate Department Head, Director of Graduate Studies in Art History, and the College of Arts and Sciences Faculty Fellow for Community Engagement. She is a 2019 graduate of the HERS Institute, a higher education leadership development program.

Visualizing Household Health: Medieval Women, Art, and Knowledge in the Régime du corps (Pennsylvania State University Press, February 2022).

Editorial Work:
General Editor (with Nancy Thompson), Different Visions: New Perspectives on Medieval Art, 2019 – present

She has been the recipient of awards from the Schoenberg Institute for Manuscript Studies, the International Center for Medieval Art, the Kress Foundation, the Oklahoma Humanities Council, the University of Iowa Obermann Center for Advanced Studies, the University of Pennsylvania’s Humanities Forum, the Humanities Research Center at Rice University, the Mabelle McLeod Lewis Memorial Fund, and the Institute for Research on Women and Gender (now the Michelle R. Clayman Institute for Gender Research) at Stanford University. She recently received the Outstanding Achievement and Mentorship of Women Award from the Women’s Faculty Council at Oklahoma State University.


  • –present
    Professor, Art History, Oklahoma State University