Jill Caskey

Professor (she/her)
CCT3032, UTM



Department of Visual Studies, UTM

Fields of Study

Areas of Interest

  • medieval art and architecture
  • southern Italy and Sicily
  • portable arts
  • pilgrimage
  • patronage
  • cultural exchange
  • Global Middle Ages


Jill Caskey is Chair of the Department of Visual Studies at the University of Toronto Mississauga and Professor in the Department of Art History at the University of Toronto. Her research focuses on the dynamics of cultural exchange among ethnic and religious communities in southern Italy and the Mediterranean basin. Her current book project, Person, Place, Thing: Pilgrims, Art, and the Angevins at San Nicola, Bari, examines diverse forms of evidence, from monumental urban environments to portable objects, and highlights the social and political implications of change within liturgical, material, and visual fields. In addition, she is co-author, with Adam S. Cohen and Linda Safran, of Art and Architecture of the Middle Ages: Exploring a Connected World (Cornell University Press, 2022). Caskey has received research awards and fellowships from the Getty Foundation, Kress Foundation, Fulbright Commission, and the Social Sciences and Humanities Research Council of Canada. She is a Fellow of the American Academy in Rome.

Selected Publications

  • Jill Caskey, Adam S. Cohen, and Linda Safran, Art and Architecture of the Middle Ages: Exploring a Connected World. Ithaca: Cornell University Press, 2022.
  • Jill Caskey, Adam S. Cohen, Erika Loic, and Linda Safran, https://www.artofthemiddleages.com/
  • Jill Caskey, “(Re)Birth of a Seal: Power and Pretense at San Nicola, Bari, ca. 1300.” Gesta 60.1 (2021): 51–79.
  • Jill Caskey, “Treasure, Taxonomy, and Transformation in the Inventories of San Nicola, Bari.” In Tributes to Paul Binski. Medieval Gothic: Art, Architecture, and Ideas, ed. Julian Luxford. London and Turnhout: Harvey Miller and Brepols, 2021: 332–45.
  • Jill Caskey, “On Account of the Rotundity of the Earth: Steps toward an Inclusive Medieval Art." In Out of Bounds: Exploring the Limits of Medieval Art, ed. Pamela A. Patton and Maria Alessia Rossi. College Park, PA: The Index of Medieval Art and the Pennsylvania University Press, 2023.


Caskey Art and Patronage Cover

Selected Presentations

  • Jill Caskey, “Webs of Gold: Ideologies of Metalwork in the Kingdom of Sicily,” Gateways to Medieval Naples Field Seminar, Centro per la storia dell'arte e dell'architettura delle città portuali, Naples, June 2022.
  • Jill Caskey, "Xmaltatis per totum: The "Church Reliquary at San Nicola, Bari, in Context," International Center of Medieval Art session, International Conference of Medieval Studies, Kalamazoo, 2022.
  • Jill Caskey, “Sleeping with Saints? Pilgrims and Crypts in Southern Italy,” Society of Architectural Historians Annual Conference, Montreal, Quebec, April 2021.

Honours, Awards or Grants

  • 2022-2024: Connaught Global Challenge Award for "The Global Past," co-PI with Prof. Ajay Rao, Historical Studies and Vice-Dean, Graduate Studies, UTM


PhD, Yale University
MA, Yale University
AB, Bryn Mawr College

Administrative Service

Chair, Department of Visual Studies, UTM