Erene Rafik Morcos

Ph.D., 2023


Erene Rafik Morcos studied under the supervision of Beatrice Kitzinger and Charles Barber. She defended her dissertation on the handwritten multilingual book of Psalms titled: Mirroring the Reflections of the Soul: The Greco-Latin Psalter in May 2023 and is currently working on her monograph as a Postgraduate Research Associate in Princeton’s Department of Art & Archaeology.

After receiving her B.A. in both art history and architecture from Yale University, Erene worked as a curatorial assistant in the Manuscripts Department at the Getty Museum in Los Angeles. Before beginning her graduate studies at Princeton University, she worked as a researcher for a manuscript dealer in Basel, Switzerland.  

Erene specializes in medieval art with an emphasis on medium, materiality, and language and particular interest in word and image relationships. While she continues investigating the Psalter, the medieval codex, and Greco-Latin multilingualism in the Mediterranean basin and Europe, she is currently researching medieval graffiti in sacred spaces.

In addition to support from the Princeton Institute for International and Regional Studies (PIIRS) and the Stanley J. Seeger ’52 Center for Hellenic Studies, Erene’s work has been supported by the A.G. Leventis Foundation and the Gladys Krieble Delmas Foundation. Erene spent the 2021–2022 academic year working on her dissertation in Rome as the recipient of the Samuel H. Kress Foundation/Donald and Maria Cox Rome Prize.

Medieval Art