Kristen Seaman

Assistant Professor
History of Art and Architecture
Research Interests:
Greek and Roman Art and Architecture
Phone: 541-346-7312
Office: 251C Lawrence Hall

Yale University, BA

University of California at Berkeley, MA and PhD

Kris Seaman is an assistant professor in the Department of the History of Art and Architecture and an affiliated faculty member in the Department of Classics. Previously, she taught at Kennesaw State University, where she served as Program Coordinator of Art History and of Classical Studies as well. She was educated at Yale University and the University of California at Berkeley, concentrating on Classics, Archaeology, and the History of Art. She also was a Regular Member at the American School of Classical Studies at Athens, Greece, and she carried out additional archaeological training at the American Academy in Rome, Italy. She has done archaeological fieldwork in Greece, Israel, Italy, and the United States, and she has studied the practice of stone-carving. Her research deals with Greek art and architecture and its interaction with Rome and the Near East. Her work is interdisciplinary and object-oriented, and she is especially interested in exploring issues that involve the relationship of art and text; sculpture; and gender, identity, social status, and cross-cultural exchange. She is the author of Rhetoric and Innovation in Hellenistic Art (Cambridge 2020), the co-editor of Artists and Artistic Production in Ancient Greece (Cambridge 2017), and the author of several articles and book chapters about ancient Mediterranean art and architecture. Currently, she is working on a book project that retrieves the experiences and the perspectives of enslaved and free quarrymasons, miners, and everyday art-workers in the Greek sculpture industry, and she is examining excavated Roman sculpture from the Athenian Agora. She has received several fellowships and grants, including funding from the Fulbright Foundation, the Loeb Classical Library Foundation, the National Endowment for the Humanities, the State Scholarships Foundation of Greece (IKY), and the von Bothmer Publication Fund of the Archaeological Institute of America.  At the University of Oregon, she has received a Faculty Research Award from the Office of the Vice President for Research and Innovation, a Faculty Research Fellowship from the Oregon Humanities Center, and Academic Support Grants from the Jordan Schnitzer Museum of Art.


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Topics of Recently Advised Theses and MA Portfolio Papers

Egyptian Imagery in the Roman Wall-painting Isiac Ritual Worship from Herculaneum
Graffiti, Space, and Gender in the House of Maius Castricius at Pompeii
The Image of a Working Woman in a Fresco from the Caupona of Salvius at Pompeii
The Ninnion Tablet and Women's Power in the Eleusinian Mysteries
Viewing Greek and Roman Elements in Augustus’s Actium Monument at Nikopolis

ARH 322

Greek Art and Architecture

ARH 323

Roman Art and Architecture

ARH 325

Islamic Art and Architecture

ARH 4|507

Cultural Interaction in Greek and Roman Art and Architecture

ARH 4|507

Gender, Ethnicity, and Status in Greek and Roman Art and Architecture

ARH 4|507

Greek Sculpture in Cities and Landscapes

ARH 4|510

Hellenistic Art and Architecture

ARH 611

Art Historical Theories and Methodologies

HC 221H

Identity in the Ancient Mediterranean