About the Cranky Professor

I’m a medievalist, an associate professor of the history of art and architecture at Hobart and William Smith Colleges in Geneva, NY. I blog about art, architecture, the Middle Ages, the classical world, higher education, lower education, current events, and the stuff people in Great Britain find with metal detectors.

My opinions are my own, and should not reflect on my institution.

11 thoughts on “About the Cranky Professor

  1. Dear Cranky, I have been a reader of Instapundit for a long time and just searched through his link list and found your fascinating blog. I have a slight connection to your world due to my birth in Geneva in 1948. My father was an architect (White & Helm) with his office across from the small park on Main St. We moved to Los Angeles when I was 7 and I have only been back to Geneva twice since then, but I have fond childhood memories of upstate New York. I did all my academic work in California at Claremont McKenna, Stanford and Cal Berkeley and I still live and work in Southern California. I have a great interest in history, antiquities and many of your other blog subjects. I also like the photos of Geneva. One of my recent interests has been the history my early ancestors in New York state. My eighth grandfather (Pieter Helm) arrived in New York as a boy in 1710 as a part of the Palatine Emigration. He settled in what is now Wurtsboro, NY and the family lived around that area for many generations. I hope to make a trip to New York in a year of two to explore his roots and make another stop in Geneva. I look forward to becoming a regular reader of your blog.
    Mark Helm

  2. Hi, I’m a student in high school who is considering a path in archeology and was wondering if you could contact me and answer a few questions that i have. If you could i would be grateful.

  3. I stumbled on your blog looking for a reason behind the lions in the Foro Italico mosaics. From you comments and fotos you are in Rome now. I teach at several University programs here in Rome and was wondering if you would like to meet? I teach drawing and the history of Italian design, but of course am interested in everything!

  4. I just happened upon your blog today while looking for research information for a post I am working on for my medieval history blog and have to say that I am sufficiently impressed. I am highly jealous at many of the posts you have from absolutely stunning European cities and towns I would love to visit.

    I thought your audience might appreciate my Middle Ages history blog: http://arthursarmory.com/medieval-blog/ and would love to be added to your Blog roll if you believe my content to be worthy of your readers. My blog deals with mainly medieval European history with small amounts ancient and Renaissance times added in for taste.

    If it isn’t a good fit I completely understand. Thank you so much for your time and awesome site.


    Matt Ward

  5. I very much enjoyed your blog, The Cranky Professor. I am working on a book-blog of my own, which can be seen at [one word] theoryofirony.com, then clicking on either the “sample chapter” or “blog” buttons at the top. My Rube Goldberg contraption of a brain processes the world with an odd, well-caffeinated kind of logic: Why is there an inverse proportion between the size of the print and the importance of the message? History. Literature. Art. Science. Religion. I call this eccentric thinking the Theory of Irony and if your busy schedule permits, give a read, leave a comment or create a link. In any event, best of luck with your own endeavor.

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