Department of Art and Art History People

Dr. Stephennie Mulder

Assistant Professor

Art History: Islamic Art and Architecture


Stephennie Mulder

Stephennie Mulder (M.A., Princeton University, 2001 - Ph.D., University of Pennsylvania, 2008) is Assistant Professor of Islamic Art and Architecture at the University of Texas at Austin. A specialist in architectural history and archaeology, she has worked for over ten years as the ceramicist for Princeton University’s excavations of the Islamic site of Balis, Syria, and is preparing a book-length study of medieval Islamic ceramics based on her work at the site. A second project, The Architecture of Coexistence: Sunnis, Shi’is and the Shrines of the ‘Alids in Medieval Syria, which identifies, draws, and maps dozens of ‘Alid shrines and argues for their role in medieval sectarian conciliation and accommodation, is under contract with Edinburgh University Press.

Dr. Mulder’s other publications include “The Mausoleum of the Imam al-Shafi’i,” Muqarnas 23 (2006); “Jar Stoppers, Seals, and Lids” in S.E. Sidebotham - W.Z. Wendrich (eds.), Berenike 1999-2000 (Los Angeles: Cotsen Institute of Archaeology at UCLA, 2006); “Alternative ‘Alids: How the Ottoman Sultan Abdülhamid II Transformed the Ordinary in the Cemetery of Bab al-Saghir in Damascus,” in Zulfikar Hirji and Ruba Kana'an (eds.), Places for Worship and Devotion in Muslim Societies (London: Berghahn Books, in press). Currently in progress or in press are the following articles and reviews: "Seeing the Light: Enacting the Divine at Three Medieval Syrian Shrines", to be published in a volume commemorating Renata Holod, (forthcoming 2012); "Mosques under the Ayyubids" and "Shrines in the Central Islamic Lands" in the Cambridge History of World Religious Architecture; "A Survey and Typology of Islamic Molded Ware (Ninth-Thirteenth Centuries) based on the Discovery of a Potter’s Workshop at Medieval Balis, Syria"; and a review of Jonathan Bloom and Sheila Blair, Rivers of Paradise: Water in Islamic Art and Culture (in press, Journal of the American Oriental Society).

She is the recipient of a College Research Fellowship from the Department of Middle Eastern Studies, The University of Texas at Austin; the John D. Murchison Fellowship in Fine Arts, College of Fine Arts, The University of Texas at Austin; the George A. Barton Fellowship, Albright Institute for Archaeological Research, Jerusalem, Israel, 2007-2008; and a Fulbright-Hays Fellowship for Doctoral Dissertation Research Abroad, 2004-2005. Dr. Mulder received Honorable Mention for the Margaret B. Sevcenko Prize from the Historians of Islamic Art Association in 2005 for "The Mausoleum of the Imam al-Shafi'i". In 2009, Dr. Mulder won the Department of Art and Art History Teaching Excellence Award.

Dr. Mulder currently serves on the board of the Historians of Islamic Art Association (HIAA), and is listserve editor for the H-Islamart discussion list.