Kristen Racaniello

Kristen Racaniello

Research Interests

  • Areas of research: Romanesque and Gothic Art & Architecture
  • Minor: Islamic Architecture in Europe & the Americas, 1750 to the present
  • Ritual, Performance, Gender and Materiality in Franco-Iberian Shrine Space from the 1000s to 1400s.


  • B.A. in Art History and B.F.A. in Fine Art at Purchase College, SUNY (Summa Cum Laude, 2014)
  • M.A. in Medieval Art History at Hunter College, CUNY (2017)

Kristen Racaniello is a medieval art historian and PhD candidate at the CUNY Graduate Center.  They focus on bodily performance in spaces of ritual and in public interactions with objects of devotion, monumental sculpture, and the built environment. Materiality, process and issues surrounding gender and production in the Middle Ages inform and shape Racaniello's research interests. Racaniello is involved in the ongoing European Union project “Conques in the Global World” as the head of the project’s auralization branch, producing acoustic data collection and processing the soundscape of the Abbey Church in Conques, France. Previously, Racaniello taught art history classes at Hunter College and Queens College, has taught practical lost wax Bronze casting classes and stone sculpture, and pursued an apprenticeship in Florence for fresco restoration. Currently Kristen works at Les Enluminures, a gallery specializing in rare manuscripts, small scale sculpture and miniatures from the Middle Ages and the Renaissance.