Allan Langdale is an art and architectural historian, documentary filmmaker, photographer, and travel writer who received his Ph.D. in art history from University of California Santa Barbara.
Allan has taught courses in Italian Renaissance art, Venetian art, Byzantine art, and he is an expert on the art and architecture of the island of Cyprus. Allan has written the definitive guidebook to the little known region of northern or “Turkish Cyprus,” In a Contested Realm (2012) and also made a documentary film on the architecture and history of the medieval Cypriot city of Famagusta, The Stones of Famagusta: the Story of a Forgotten City (2008). Allan teaches art history UC Santa Cruz and film studies at UC Santa Barbara. He works often as a lecturer and guide in Italy, the Eastern Mediterranean, the Black Sea, the Red Sea, and the Indian Ocean. He has recently finished a book on Palermo, Sicily called Palermo: Travels in the City of Happiness (forthcoming, 2016).