Karen Britt is professor of Byzantine art and archaeology at the University of Louisville. She received her B.A. in Classics from the University of Cincinnati, an M.A. in Classical and Near Eastern Archaeology from the University of Minnesota, and her Ph.D. in Byzantine Art and Archaeology from Indiana University. She has excavated in Turkey, Greece and Israel. Karenís area of specialization is the early Byzantine Empire which had its capital in Constantinople (Istanbul). Her research focuses on the ways in which sacred space was created in the Early Byzantine Mediterranean, a subject on which she has published and lectured widely.