Maryvelma Smith O’Neil

Maryvelma Smith O’Neil, D.Phil.


DPhil (Oxford University)

Faculty, Art History


Dr. Maryvelma Smith O’Neil received her MA from Tulane University and DPhil from Oxford University in the history of art. She has authored numerous books and articles on visual cultures, histories and heritage preservation. Dr. O’Neil is founder and director of the Alliance to Restore Cultural Heritage in the Holy City of Jerusalem (ARCH) ( The Mughrabi Quarter Virtual Archive ( is the pilot project for The Virtual Illés Initiative. She is also founder and co-director of the Webster University MENA Center for Peace and Development and teaches Arts of the Islamic World.