Anna Isbell is a second-year M.A. student in medieval art. She received a B.A. in Art History and Anthropology as well as a certificate in Archaeology from the University of Missouri-St. Louis. For her senior paper, Anna addressed the regional differences in sepulchre monuments during the late 13th and 14th centuries and examined how funerary art exhibited the values and beliefs of these medieval cultures. Anna's current research interests include issues of memory and perception, the late-medieval macabre; cross-cultural communication between the Christian West and the Islamic East, and decorative arts as displays of power in medieval Europe.
Anna has worked at Laumeier Sculpture Park and participated in three archaeological digs, one of which was at Bamburgh Castle in Northern England. Through her work in archaeological excavations and laboratories, she has gained insight into the material culture of past peoples and a greater understanding of their world through the objects they have left behind.