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
The Art of Roman Food from Farm to Table
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 Ninnion Tablet and Women's Power in the Eleusinian Mysteries
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
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