Alice Christ received her Ph.D. from the University of Chicago in a field called "Early Medieval Art: 44 B.C.-A.D. 1000." She teaches courses in the arts of those periods in Europe, with interests extending backward to prehistory and the ancient near east. Her approach to studying art before the Art Museum is anthropological and social, emphasizing the role of art in constructing value and the power of art history as a tool for the diagnosis of social values sometimes very different from our own. Her special field of research is Late Roman and Early Christian art. She has also published on Russian Icon-painting, both of the Muscovite period and in the nineteenth century.