Nancy L. Wicker
Medieval Art History and Archaeology
The University of Mississippi
Dr. Nancy L. Wicker is Professor of Art History at The University of Mississippi. Her research focuses the art of Scandinavia from the Migration Period of the 5th and 6th centuries through the Viking Age, c. 750–1100. In particular, Wicker examines the relationship of Late Roman medallions to gold pendants known as bracteates, which were worn by elite women across northern and central Europe. Wicker also investigates the roles of artists and patrons in Viking-Age figural and animal-style art. Fellowships from the National Humanities Center, the American Council of Learned Societies, and the National Endowment for the Humanities, as well as a Getty Foundation Seminar, have supported her research. She co-directed NEH Digital Humanities Start-Up Grants for the Andvari Project, participated in archaeological investigations at the Viking Age trading center of Birka, and conducted experiments to reconstruct early jewelry techniques. Her interdisciplinary Ph.D. in Ancient Studies from the University of Minnesota included the study of archaeology, art history, and Germanic philology, and she has published on gender in archaeology, animal-style art, and runic literacy.