Sarah Thompson joined the faculty at RIT as a visiting professor in fall 2005, and as an assistant professor in fall 2009.
Sarah has an overarching interest in the formation, dissemination, and meaning of style. Specific research interests include medieval design process, the medieval urban context, the historiography of medieval architecture, and the Gothic Revival.
Her dissertation, "Inventing 'Gothic': Notre-Dame d'Étampes and Architectural Change in the Île-de-France, 1130-1160," analyzed issues of design, construction, and style in twelfth-century French buildings. She has recently published on the thirteenth-century portal of Notre-Dame d'Étampes, and is currently researching a book analyzing the relationship between the visual depiction of Gothic after the Middle Ages and the diffusion and meaning of the Gothic style.
Dr. Thompson regularly teaches the Survey of Western Art and Architecture and numerous electives for undergraduate and graduate students, including Early Medieval Art and Architecture, Late Medieval Art and Architecture, Illuminated Manuscripts, Medieval Craft, Art and Architecture of Ancient Rome, The Gothic Revival, Theories of Representation, and Modern Architecture. She has also led summer programs in Paris for RIT students.