Department of Art & Art History

Asa Simon Mittman

Medieval Art History

Fall '21 Office Hours: 
By appointment via email.


Asa Simon Mittman is Professor of Art and Art History at California State University, Chico, where he teaches Ancient and Medieval Art, as well as thematic courses on monsters and film. He is author of Maps and Monsters in Medieval England(opens in new window) (2006), co-author with Susan Kim of Inconceivable Beasts: The Wonders of the East in the Beowulf Manuscript(opens in new window) (2013, awarded a Millard Meiss Publication Grant from the College Art Association and an ISAS Best Book Prize), and author and co-author of a number of articles on monstrosity and marginality in the Middle Ages(opens in new window), including pieces on Satan in the Junius 11 manuscript(opens in new window) (Gesta, with Kim) and race in the Middle Ages and Early Modern period (A Cultural History of Race in the Renaissance and Early Modern Age(opens in new window) and postmedieval(opens in new window)).

He co-edited with Peter Dendle the Research Companion to Monsters and the Monstrous(opens in new window) (2012), with Marcus Hensel Classic Readings on Monster Theory: Demonstrare, Volume 1(opens in new window) and Primary Sources on Monsters: Demonstrare, Volume 2(opens in new window) (2018), and with Richard H. Godden Monstrosity, Disability, and the Posthuman in the Medieval and Early Modern World(opens in new window) (2019). Mittman and Sherry C.M. Lindquist co-curated Terrors, Aliens and Wonders(opens in new window)  (The Pierpont Morgan Library and Museum, 2018; The Cleveland Art Museum; and The Blanton Museum of Art, 2019).

He is the founding president of MEARCSTAPA(opens in new window) (Monsters: the Experimental Association for the Research of Cryptozoology through Scholarly Theory And Practical Application). Mittman is a founding member of the Material Collective(opens in new window) and a regular contributor to the MC group blog. His research has been supported by CAA, ICMA, Kress, Mellon, American Philosophical Society, and NEH grants. He edits book series with Boydell and Brill. Long-range research interests include the Franks Casket and images of Jews on medieval maps.

Portrait of Asa Simon Mittman