Dr. Adam S. Cohen is Associate Professor in the Department of the History of Art at the University of Toronto, where he has served as the Assistant Director of the university’s Centre for Jewish Studies and has introduced courses on Jewish art. Originally from New York, Adam attended Columbia University as an undergraduate and then completed his Ph.D. at The Johns Hopkins University in 1995. He has worked in the Manuscripts Department at the J. Paul Getty Museum and taught at numerous institutions; he has been a visiting scholar at the Hebrew University and a research fellow at the Israel Institute for Advanced Studies in Jerusalem. The author of numerous articles and books, including the forthcoming Art and Architecture of the Middle Ages, Adam’s research interests focus on many aspects of medieval illuminated manuscripts, including the use of visual culture in the construction of identity and as a tool in Christian-Jewish polemics. With Linda Safran, he is the current editor of Gesta, the biannual journal of the International Center of Medieval Art.