Karen Klockner

Karen Klockner

Research Interests

  • Areas of research: Medieval Art
  • Major: Gothic Art and Architecture; Minor: Byzantine Art and Architecture
  • Cross-cultural exchange in the Medieval Mediterranean, 12th-15th centuries
  • Medieval mapping and the geographic imaginary
  • Manuscript illumination and early print culture
  • Silk textiles in Netherlandish panel painting
  • Artist workshops and guilds; secular patronage


  • B.A. Nineteenth-Century Literature and History, Cornell University
  • M.A. English Literature, Simmons University
  • M.A. History of Art & Archaeology, Institute of Fine Arts

Karen is an Adjunct Lecturer at the Spitzer School of Architecture. Prior to joining the program, she worked as a senior acquisitions editor in trade book publishing for over twenty years and then as a literary agent. Karen has worked one-on-one with writers and artists developing projects for publication throughout her career.  Currently, she is an education volunteer with school groups at The Met 5th Avenue and The Cloisters; she also serves as a Collection Guide at The Cloisters.