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Kristen Seaman

Associate Professor
Classics, History Art & Arch
Phone: 541-346-7312
Office: 251C Lawrence Hall
Research Interests: Greek and Roman Art and Archaeology


Kris Seaman is an associate professor in the Department of the History of Art and Architecture and an affiliated faculty member in the Department of Classics. Educated at Yale University and the University of California at Berkeley, she 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 Middle East. She is the author of Rhetoric and Innovation in Hellenistic Art (Cambridge 2020) and the co-editor (with Peter Schultz) of Artists and Artistic Production in Ancient Greece (Cambridge 2017). Currently, she is working on a book project that explores labor, ethnicity, and multiculturalism in the Greek sculpture industry; co-editing (with S. Rebecca Martin) a book about the contexts of Greek sculpture; and examining excavated sculpture and tools from a sculptural workshop in the Athenian Agora. 

Kris has received several fellowships and grants, including funding from the Archaeological Institute of America, the Fulbright Foundation, the Loeb Classical Library Foundation, the National Endowment for the Humanities, and the State Scholarships Foundation of Greece (IKY).

“Ancient Mediterranean art historians at the University of Oregon strive to create an equitable and inclusive environment for all students, faculty, and staff.  We explore the richness and diversity of the ancient Mediterranean world through multiple methods and approaches, curious and open-minded inquiry, and a desire to place cultures in dialogue with one another.  We are committed to confronting and correcting our field’s historical inequities by welcoming and valuing students, scholars, and scholarship from non-traditional, underrepresented, and marginalized groups.”
Recently Advised Theses and Dissertations
Art and Identity from Farm to Table: Food Work in Roman Art
The Athena Parthenos at Pergamon, Identity, and Display
Egyptian Imagery in the Roman Wall-painting Isiac Ritual Worship from Herculaneum
Enslaved Perspectives on the Grave Stele of Hegeso at Athens
The Old Market Woman and Misogyny
The Venus de Milo, Archaeogaming, and the Japanese Video Game Site La Mulana
Viewing Greek and Roman Elements in Augustus’s Actium Monument at Nikopolis
Selected Courses

ARH 204  Ancient Mediterranean Art

ARH 321  Ancient Jewish Art and Architecture

ARH 322  Greek Art and Architecture

ARH 323  Roman Art and Architecture

ARH 4|521 Topics in Ancient Mediterranean Art.  Courses include:

          Classical Greek Art and Architecture

          Cultural Interaction in Greek and Roman Art and Architecture

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

          Greek Sculpture in Cities and Landscapes

          Hellenistic Art and Architecture

ARH 607  Art and Work

ARH 610  Race and Ethnicity in Greek and Roman Art and Architecture

HC 221H  Identity in the Ancient Mediterranean


Yale University, BA

University of California at Berkeley, MA and PhD