Shane Harlessâ€™ research explores the intersections of narrative, performativity, imagination, and gender in the devotional art of medieval Europe. He is particularly interested in gendered areas within the worship space, and how architectural implementations designed to conceal monastic communities also affected their experience of the liturgy. In conjunction with the architectural aspect of his work, he is also intrigued by how manuscript illuminations function to restore sensory experience by providing an opportunity for virtual pilgrimage within the privacy of the monastery.
Before matriculating in Riceâ€™s PhD program, Harless received his M.A. in art history from Tulane University in 2015 and earned his masterâ€™s degree in theological studies from Vanderbilt University in 2010.