Mariah Proctor-Tiffany, Ph.D.
Associate Professor of Art History, California State University Long Beach
Mariah Proctor-Tiffany teaches courses in medieval and Islamic art and architecture, and in the cross-cultural exchange of objects. She enjoys teaching at CSU Long Beach because of the curiosity and varied perspectives of her students.
She has been the recipient of numerous research fellowships, including a Samuel H. Kress Travel Fellowship that funded her dissertation research in Paris, a Manning Graduate Dissertation Fellowship, and awards from the Medieval Studies program and the Graduate School of Brown University. She received a Samuel H. Kress/International Center of Medieval Art book research award and a Mellon Art History Publication Initiative grant through Penn State Press. She earned her Ph.D. in the history of art and architecture at Brown University.
Before coming to Long Beach, she taught at Rhode Island School of Design, and she worked in New York City at The Metropolitan Museum of Art and at The Cloisters, the branch of the museum devoted to art and architecture of the Middle Ages.
Her book, Medieval Art in Motion: The Inventory and Gift Giving of Clémence de Hongrie, through Pennsylvania State University Press, explores art and the performance of identity by women in fourteenth-century courts, arguing that women, often separated from their loved ones by politically advantageous marriages, maintained their relationships through international gifts of sculptures, reliquaries, textiles, jewels, and manuscripts. The luxurious objects that women circulated testified to the women’s identities, strengthening their claims to income and political power.
She has co-edited a volume of essays that emerge from three ICMA-sponsored sessions she co-chaired with Tracy Chapman Hamilton entitled Moving Women Moving Objects (400-1500). Additionally she has begun working on the patronage of another female collector, Doris Duke, and her Islamic art collection at Shangri La, Duke’s home in Hawaiʻi. Dr. Proctor-Tiffany was also a fellow at the Samuel H. Kress Digital Mapping and Art History Institute at Middlebury College, and she is creating digital resources to support her work both in the Middle Ages and the twentieth century. She currently serves as the Faculty Coordinator of the CSULB Mellon Mays Undergraduate Fellowship, which helps underrepresented students become professors in the humanities.