Dr. Elizabeth Rodini (Ph.D. University of Chicago) is contributing editor for Museum Studies. She founded the Program in Museums and Society at Johns Hopkins University and served for ten years as its Director and as Teaching Professor in the History of Art. She teaches and writes about museum and collection history, heritage landscapes, and the politics of culture. Dr. Rodini's art historical work centers on cross-cultural encounters in the early modern period, focusing on matters of object mobility, recontextualization, and reuse. Her current book project focuses on Gentile Bellini's portrait of the Ottoman Sultan Mehmet II, using it as a lens to examine questions of authenticity, verisimilitude, ownership, cross-cultural exchange, and political identity in a global context. She is presently the Andrew Heiskell Arts Director at the American Academy in Rome.