William J. Diebold
Jane Neuberger Goodsell Professor of Art History and Humanities
Division of the Arts
William J. Diebold is the Jane Neuberger Goodsell Professor of Art History and Humanities at Reed College. He was educated at Yale and Johns Hopkins, receiving his PhD from the latter with a thesis on the patronage of the Carolingian emperor Charles the Bald. He has published extensively on early medieval topics, including his book Word and Image: An Introduction to Early Medieval Art. He has taught these areas at Reed since 1987, and participates in the College's humanities program, teaching in both ancient Mediterranean and modern European courses. The latter appointment makes sense, since his current research is not on medieval art per se, but on its modern reception (specifically in 20th-century Germany), an interest that has led to publications such as "The High Middle Ages on Display in the Exhibition Deutsche Größe (1940-1942)” (2013) and a recent advanced art history course on medievalism.