Maryvelma Smith O’Neil

Maryvelma Smith O’Neil, D.Phil.


DPhil (Oxford University)


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.

Maryvelma 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 Art Appreciation: Arts of the Islamic World and the Intercultural History of Art.


O'Neil, Maryvelma Smith (2020). The Mughrabi Quarter Digital Archive and the Virtual Illés Relief Initiative. Jerusalem Quarterly (81), 52-77.

O'Neil, Maryvelma Smith (2020). The Ordnance Survey of Jerusalem (1865): Mapping Charles Wilson’s Benchmarks, Ya Quds, No. 6, 2020, 21-26.

O’Neil Smith, M. (2018). “‘One Giant House’: Civil Society Mobilisation and the Protection of Palestinian Cultural Heritage and Identity in Al-Quds Al-Sharif.” Journal of Holy Land and Palestine Studies, Volume 17, Issue 1, pp. 87-113 (ISSN 2054-1988).

Chapters in Edited Volumes

O'Neil, M. and O'Neil K. (2015). "Kurt Vonnegut: Slaughter-House Five" in Schlachthof 5. Dresdens Zerstörung in literarischen Zeugnissen. Ausstellung zum 13. Februar 1945. Militärhistorisches Museum der Bundeswehr, Dresden, 6. Februar bis 12. (Dresden: Sandstein Verlag), pp. 59-70.