William Tronzo



Senior Teaching Professor


Department of Visual Arts


University of California, San Diego


William Tronzo (Ph.D. Harvard) is an art historian who has, in recent years, co-directed a research project on the buildings, cities and landscapes of the Italian South in the later Middle Ages funded by the NEH, a three-year program of research, seminars and conferences on the medieval Mediterranean at the American Academy in Rome funded by the Getty Foundation, and been a member of the Collegio dei Docenti del Dottorato di Ricerca in the Dipartimento di Studi Umanistici at the Università degli Studi Roma Tre. The recipient of numerous fellowships and grants, he has held research appointments at the American Academy in Rome, Dumbarton Oaks Center for Byzantine Studies, the Institute for Advanced Study in Princeton, CASVA, the Bibliotheca Hertziana, the École des hautes études en sciences sociales, the Huntington, the Clark Art Institute and the Stanford Humanities Center. He has published extensively on the art and architecture of the Mediterranean world as well as on problems of historiography and method. His monograph on the Cappella Palatina of Palermo signaled an interest in the hybrid culture of the Italian South, which has continued in studies of Neapolitan urbanism, the court of Frederick II and Arab and Norman Palermo.