Dr. Persis Berlekamp is currently a Visiting Scholar at the Center for Middle Eastern Studies. Persis Berlekamp teaches courses in Islamic art and architecture. Most of her research focuses on the roles the visual arts played within the major cultural and intellectual debates of the late medieval Islamic world (13th-15th centuries). Berlekamp is the author of Wonder, Image, and Cosmos in Medieval Islam (Yale University Press, 2011). This was a Choice Outstanding Academic 2012 Title for Art and Architecture and was reviewed in The Art Newspaper, The Bulletin of the School of Oriental and African Studies, West 86th, The Journal of Islamic Studies, and Osmanlı Araştırmaları. Berlekamps current book project, Petrified Powers: Medieval Islamic Talismans analyzes medieval Islamic "talismans." Berlekamp is an active member of the University of Chicago's Center for Middle Eastern Studies Executive Committee and is an Affiliated Faculty in Near Eastern Languages and Civilizations.