Center Staff 2017-2018
Interim Director (AY 2017-18) and Professor of Art History
Holger A. Klein was educated in Art History, Early Christian Archaeology, and German Literature at the universities of Freiburg im Breisgau, Munich, London, and Bonn. His research focuses on Late Antique, Early Medieval, and Byzantine art and architecture, more specifically, on the cult of relics, reliquaries, and issues of cultural and artistic exchange.
From 2004–07 he held an appointment as the Robert P. Bergman Curator of Medieval Art at the Cleveland Museum of Art and continued to oversee the reinstallation of the museum’s renowned collection of Medieval and Byzantine art until 2010. His work as a curator includes various international loan exhibitions, among them Restoring Byzantium: The Kariye Camii in Istanbul and the Byzantine Institute Restoration (Wallach Art Gallery, 2004), Medieval Treasures from The Cleveland Museum of Art (Bayerisches Nationalmuseum/The J. Paul Getty Museum, 2007–08) and Treasures of Heaven: Saints, Relics and Devotion in Medieval Europe (Cleveland Museum of Art/Walters Art Museum/British Museum, 2010–11).
Professor Klein is the recipient of several awards and prizes, including the 50th annual Mark Van Doren Award for Teaching (2011), which honors a Columbia professor’s commitment to undergraduate instruction as well as inspiring leadership; the Lenfest Distinguished Faculty Award (2012), which recognizes unusual merit as a teacher of undergraduate and graduate students as well as outstanding scholarship; and the Wm. Theodore de Bary Award for Distinguished Service to the Core Curriculum (2014).
Interim Assistant Director (AY 2017-18)
François Carrel-Billiard graduated from the Institut d’Etudes Politiques in Paris and from France’s Ecole Nationale d’Administration. He also holds a law degree from Université Panthéon-Assas Paris II. As a diplomat, he was posted in Moscow, in Brussels, and at the United Nations in New York. He served in the Foreign Ministry in Paris as the head of the division on European security and as an adviser on strategic affairs to the French Foreign Minister. He is the Associate Director European Institute and was previously the Managing Director of the International Peace Institute, a think tank which works with the United Nations.