Dr. Amber McAlister

Amber McAlister, PhD, Assistant Professor, History of Art & Architecture University of Pittsburgh-Greensburg. She ​specializes in Italian Renaissance art history.  Dr. McAlister's research trips to Italy have been supported by a Fulbright Fellowship and grants from the Samuel H. Kress Foundation and Renaissance Society of America.  She has presented at national conferences, including the annual meetings of the College Art Association and the Renaissance Society of America.  Publications include an essay in The Historian's Eye on echoes of Dante's Divine Comedyin fifteenth-century frescoes in the Chiostro Verde at Santa Maria Novella, catalog entries on Italian paintings and drawings, and most recently in Sanctity Pictured: The Art of the Dominican and Franciscan Orders in Renaissance Italy.  Dr. McAlister’s current research explores divine presence and personal experience at Santa Maria Novella in Florence, and is supported by an award from the Central Research Development Fund at the University of Pittsburgh.
As an undergraduate Dr. McAlister studied abroad in Paris, France, which ignited her love of travel and seeing art in person. She is happy to share these experiences with students in the classroom and in study abroad opportunities. She has been leading this trip to Florence, Italy, since 2016. Dr. McAlister is the advisor to the Visual Arts Society, and a former president of the Honor Society of Phi Kappa Phi.